MBF Small Grants Program

Monarch Butterfly Fund

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Mexico Other eligible locations: Canada, Mexico, United States

Location of residency: Preferred: Mexico Other eligible locations: Canada, Mexico, United States

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The Monarch Butterfly Fund welcomes proposals from organizations or individuals for activities that support conservation of monarch butterflies or their habitat. Most of our funding supports activities focused on protecting the oyamel fir forests in which monarch butterflies overwinter in central Mexico, and grants are awarded to Mexican organizations and individuals. We may provide limited support to projects in the United States and Canada.

Projects must address one of the strategic initiatives of MBF (current funding priorities are marked with **): 

Forest Conservation

Forest restoration in the monarchs `Mexican overwintering sites and surrounding areas are important for the well being of the local residents and for monarch butterflies. MBF supports projects that:

  • recover and restore critical monarch forest habitat;
  • ** assess natural regeneration as an alternative to traditional reforestation;
  • promote stewardship, management, and sustainable use of areas that have been reforested;
  • build the skills and capacity of local communities to restore forests and provide stewardship;
  • ** evaluate the risks and benefits of the removal of trees that have died by storms or disease;
  • ** evaluate water quality, quantity and availability within the MBBR;
  • foster greater understanding, appreciation, and awareness of the need for and value of establishing and maintaining forested areas within the MBBR.

Scientific Research and Monitoring

MBF supports scientific research and the exchange and distribution of scientific information that has direct relevance to conservation in the overwintering sites. Collaborative projects are encouraged. Research funds will be available to graduate or advanced undergraduate students who are from Mexico or are studying at a Mexican university. Experience in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve increases the likelihood that a researcher’s proposal will be funded. Research may address a wide range of subjects related directly to forest or monarch conservation. Any proposed assessment or monitoring activities must have direct relevance to monarch conservation. MBF supports projects that:

  • conduct forest inventories;
  • study fire regimes in the forest;
  • assess past reforestation efforts;
  • examine conditions required for successful forest restoration;
  • ** investigate the effects of climate change on the MBBR;
  • provide monitoring of monarchs (including the condition, movement, location, and timing of monarchs in the forests);
  • develop methods to assess monarch habitat quality or monarch distribution and abundance;

Outreach and Education

MBF supports the engagement of local communities in education and other activities that encourage greater understanding, appreciation, and support of monarch conservation. We encourage proposals that address public awareness. In the past, MBF has supported environmental education in schools and communities near the monarch overwintering sites, workshops for local ejidatarios and Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Guides, signage, and support for educational displays directed toward tourists in the Reserve.

Sustainable Development

MBF supports projects that address the improvement of the livelihood of residents of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, including those that involve local non-profit organizations, artisan projects, and activities that increase tourism-related income.

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


  • Grants are awarded to Mexican organizations and individuals.
  • We may provide limited support to organizations & projects in the United States and Canada.
  • We welcome applications by students and local community members as well as by university faculty members; 


  •  Preference is given to those who have had some experience working in this area and to Mexican nationals.