Biodiversity Conservation Grants

Fondation Ensemble

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Grant amount: Up to €50,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Ecuador, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



Focus Sector: Biodiversity Conservation

Current Situation

The sixth great extinction of species (1000 to 10 000 times faster than during the last century) is unfolding inexorably before our eyes. Over the last 40 years, half of the world's animal species have been lost. The blame lies squarely with loss of plant and animal habitats, climate change, overharvesting of resources vulnerable to various forms of trafficking, and the introduction of invasive species. It is all happening very quickly. Ecosystems are being destabilized, and nature is under threat. But if we come to her aid, nature can still develop some astonishing resources.

Scope of the Projects Funded

In this sector of intervention, the Foundation funds terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation projects (fauna and flora) that bring sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits, particularly for the poorest communities and that contribute to protecting threatened species.

The projects funded by the Foundation take the following factors into account:

  • protection and rehabilitation of particular ecosystems on the grounds of their rich biodiversity or other environmental or human significance (in the protection of particular species; as sources of non-timber products; to combat erosion or desertification; as water abstraction areas, etc.);
  • protection of animal and plant species, including combating poaching and trafficking;
  • greenhouse gas mitigation and/or adaptation to climate change.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Basic Criteria:
    • Your project corresponds to the Foundation’s mission: it is driven by the demands and needs of the local populations. It aims to bring concrete and sustainable improvements to the target communities’ living conditions (social and economic impacts) while protecting and/or rehabilitating the environment (environmental impacts).
    • The project activities come within the Foundation’s focus sector: sustainable technologies
    • The project activities are undertaken in one of the Foundation’s six focus countries: Ecuador, Peru, Mozambique, Laos, Myanmar.
      • Coastal areas of Madagascar are from now on also eligible but only for biodiversity conservation and sustainable fishing projects.
    • The duration of the grant requested from the Foundation is from two to four years.
    • The funding requested is approximately € 50 000 per year, maximum.
    • The funding requested does not exceed 50% of the total project budget.
    • The proposed implementation areas will have to be accessible for visits by Fondation Ensemble’s staff.
    • Mid-term and final evaluations will have to be budgeted and carried out.
  • Additional Criteria: 
    • Your project is in line with the national strategy of the intervention country.
    • The project is participatory and partnership-based: it is designed and implemented in conjunction with the relevant populations and with recognized local and/or international partners, and fosters capacity building.
    • The project aims at scaling up through a serious implication of local and/or national authorities, and support advocacy actions to promote policies favorable to the replication of the developed approaches.
    • The project delivers sustainable and measurable results, based on appropriate concrete action, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
    • The project encourages innovation whenever possible.
    • The project contributes to fight climate change, by taking into account its expected effects (adaptation) but also, when possible, by tackling greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).
    • The project encourages an entrepreneurial approach and the development of local businesses that create jobs and ensure sustainability and replication.
    • The project promotes the empowerment of women, whenever possible, and encourages genuine participation by women in all stages and at all levels of project implementation, particularly in coordination and governance bodies.
    • The project promotes a rights-based approach and encourages shared responsibility between all stakeholders, including the poorest and most vulnerable, community or business organizations, and those in positions of power (institutional, economic, social, religious, etc.).
    • The project budget (in euros) makes provision for mid-term and final evaluations. It indicates the costs to be covered by Fondation Ensemble, including administrative costs (10% maximum of direct costs) that incorporate head office support costs.
    • Your proposal contains a forecast financing plan, listing the names of all donors and their confirmed or expected contributions. Even if your project is selected by the Foundation, a grant agreement can only be signed when at least 75% of the funding (including the Foundation’s contribution) has been confirmed, with supporting documentary evidence.
    • Your NGO and/or your implementing partner must be registered and allowed to work in the intervention country.
    • Your NGO must have been in existence for at least three (full) years and have an annual budget of at least € 500 000.
    • The proposal must be written in French or in English.


  • The Foundation no longer funds projects in Cambodia.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for university research projects, theses or doctorates. It does not award scholarships.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for publications, conferences, translations or exhibitions.