Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Grants

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund


Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 30, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 31, 2018 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

The Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal and fungi species conservation efforts, without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species. The Fund is happy to provide continuation support for a project which had previously been supported, which is now completed and for which the Fund has received all required reporting by the time of the respective submission deadline.

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

Eligibility:

  • Projects must be about endangered species conservation.
  • The Fund will use the IUCN Redlist as the primary guide to the conservation status of a given species, although documented variations for sub-species, distinct populations and sub-populations will be taken into account.
    • For those species not assessed through the IUCN Redlist we welcome other methods of assessment and the submission of quantative data to confirm a species status.
  • Specific funding use cases:
    • The Fund does recognise that sometimes support salaries, stipends, per diems and project related living costs can be a vital part of in situ conservation work; these may be supported.
    • The Fund will consider covering salary expenses or travel costs for a specific project.
      • This would usually be for support staff in developing countries.
      • However this can only be as part of the overall grant as officially applied for. 
    • In the case of a workshop, any such application will be carefully reviewed by the Fund’s board on a case by case basis, to ensure that the workshop closely addresses the needs of species conservation in line with the aims of the Fund.
  • The Fund is happy to provide continuation support for a project which had previously been supported, which is now completed and for which the Fund has received all required reporting by the time of the respective submission deadline.

Preferences:

  • Priority will be given to those projects that support the professional development of young conservationists.
  • Primarily interested in providing support to in situ conservation work in the field (such as survey work and data gathering, direct action, recovery management, training and the like), focusing on the species in its natural habitat.
  • A few grants may be given to projects which focus on ex situ conservation work (genetic analysis, workshops, ex situ poulations, etc) in certain circumstances where it is demonstrated to be critical to the survival of the species concerned.
  • Generally the Fund would prefer to support projects which focus on a single species, but it also recognizes that in some geographic and taxonomic circumstances it makes more sense to group a number of species.
  • Generally the Fund gives priority to those species facing a hight threat of extinction (with an emphasis on Endangered and Critically Endangered species), as well as those which are listed as Data Deficient or unlisted but are suspected as highly threatened. 

Ineligibility:

  • The Fund maximum grant size is $25,000, and any application asking for more than this from the Fund will be rejected.
    • The total budget of a project can be higher if there are other sources of funding.
  • The Fund will not contribute to the core running costs of an organisation or administrative overheads.
  • The Fund will not consider applications for grants which only cover salary or travel expenses.
  • Generally the Fund will not provide a grant to cover any of the costs of a study course.