RBG Small Grant Program

Rainforest Biodiversity Group

Grant amount: Up to US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Costa Rica

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Our program provides funding for projects that lead to the conservation of biodiversity within the Neotropics. This fund is available to graduate students and 501c3 non-profit organizations (or equivalent) and can be species-specific (flora or fauna) or site-specific work.

The grant may be used to support scientific research (qualitative or quantitative), environmental education, sustainable economic development projects (e.g. eco-tourism) or other conservation activities that can demonstrate benefit to the conservation of wildlife or their habitat and help Rainforest Biodiversity Group complete its mission. RBG will be evaluating projects not only on their technical merit, but also on their environmental and social ramifications.

RBG is looking for proposals that have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Include clear measures of success
  • State reasonable goals and objectives
  • Consider how local people or surrounding communities might potentially be involved or benefit from your project
  • Have counter-part funding or show that these funds could be leveraged for further funding
  • Demonstrate the critical importance of these funds for project completion and implementation
  • Are being done in conjunction with partners or partner organizations (particularly local)

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


  • This fund is available to graduate students and 501c3 non-profit organizations (or equivalent) and can be species-specific (flora or fauna) or site-specific work.
    • Applicants must prove they are students at an accredited university, or that they are are officially registered as a non-profit organization or association
      • Official papers may be requested.
    • Applicants must demonstrate their ability to achieve demonstrable results within the term of this grant program.
  • This year RBG is only funding projects in Costa Rica.


  • We recognize that $1500 is not likely to fund a project in its entirety, prioritization for funding will go to the project that can demonstrate that the funds from this small grant program will be of critical importance to the completion and successful implementation of a project that is providing value for wildlife habitat, or wildlife conservation.
  • This grant does not require matching funds of any kind, but it will be to the applicant’s advantage to show that these funds are being complemented by counterpart funding (either cash or in-kind) or that the funds can be leveraged for further funding from another source.
  •  In particular, projects that take place within the San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor will be prioritized.


  • At this moment RBG cannot fund projects in Cuba.
  • Additionally, this grant cannot be used for the purchase of land involuntary resettlement of people including displacement of land uses or impeding access to traditional uses of natural resources, oractivities that negatively affect physical cultural resources, including those important to local communities.