Established in 2016, the Waterbird Fund supports essential long-term waterbird monitoring activities, capacity building and the conservation actions these support. The Fund is managed by Wetlands International, in collaboration with hundreds of organisations and individuals around the world. To date, the Waterbird Fund has principally helped support International Waterbird Census counting efforts with small grants of €500-€2000. The Fund supports and is endorsed by several multilateral environmental agreements and frameworks, including the Convention on Migratory Species, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the UNEP African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, CAFF’s Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative and the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership.
The Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF) is intended to support Contracting Parties in the Asia and Oceania regions on small-scale projects, with a maximum offer of USD 18,000 per project. The NWF is particularly interested in receiving applications for projects which aim to deepen scientific knowledge and/or raise the environmental awareness of the general public. The projects should be identified as a national priority by the Contracting Party in the implementation of the Convention’s Strategic Plan 2016-2024.
The Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (SGF) was established by the Conference of the Contracting Parties in 1990, as a mechanism to assist developing countries in implementing the Convention and to enable the conservation and wise use of wetland resources. The total amount available for projects funded under this last call for proposals is CHF 134,000. The SGF offers a maximum of CHF 35,000 per project.
The Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund was established to provide financial support to projects on the ground in Asia that will lead to the conservation or protection of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, particularly through partnership with the local community at the site. Each year WWF makes a single call for applications to the Fund with the deadline of 31 October.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to do the following:
- Provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives
- Recognize leaders in the field of species conservation; and
- Elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.
The Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) was authorized as a public trust by the Ministry of Environment Japan, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2000. The Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. was selected as the Trustee of the Fund. After its establishment in April 2000, a lot of corporations (mainly Nippon Keidanren member corporations) and the general public have been contributing donations to the Fund on the approval of KNCF. The KNCF has supported projects every year with about the total amount of 150 million (JPY). The KNCF raises applicants for the Fund on its Web Page every fiscal year, and the Project Selection Committee has assumed the rigid responsibility of appraising and selecting supported projects among submitted applications.
We are now faced with environmental problems that are occurring on a global scale: global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and destruction of tropical rain forests. Regardless of whether we live in developed or developing countries, the economic activities that support our societies have not only caused an abuse of resources but have also made a large impact on the environment, the foundation for our livelihoods. Moreover these problems not only influence our local environment but also they cross national borders into neighboring countries and are connected to the destruction of the environment on a global scale. Environmental problems cannot be solved only by the power of one nation, one region, one company, nor one individual alone. To alleviate the global environmental crisis and to create a sustainable society, it becomes essential to collaborate internationally.
Since 2009, the RRC-EA continuously supports the implementation of wetland conservation projects through its Wetland Fund. The RRC-EA Wetland Fund is a small grant program that provides complementary support to ongoing and planned national wetland initiatives as a contribution of participating Contracting Parties to the implementation of the Ramsar Convention. The program provides small grants for initiatives that can influence policy development, and for national, subnational and site level measures related to wetland management, conservation and restoration. The RRC-EA Wetland Fund also helps grantees gain track record and experience in developing and implementing short-term and small-scale projects to prepare them for access to larger grants from donor organizations in the future.
The goal of the Future for Nature Foundation is to protect species of wild animals and plants. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation has established the Future for Nature Award. The prize rewards and funds individuals for their internationally outstanding species protection efforts. The Future for Nature Awards is awarded annually during the Future for Nature Conference at Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. A sponsor market for species protection will accompany the annual conference.
The Save Our Species Rapid Action Grants support projects aimed at addressing immediate threats that require targeted specific action. In the framework of the SOS African Wildlife initiative, Rapid Action Grants are available to enable and support CSOs engaged in the conservation of threatened species to carry out urgent conservation measures at local level to protect the species and their habitat. Eligible projects should respond to emergency situations requiring rapid action, rather than proposing programmatic action on long-standing issues. The maximum grant size is 25,000 EUR with no matching funds required. The maximum duration of the project should be 12 months.More Information
The National Geographic Society supports projects throughout the world through its grant program. It currently offers three types of Grant Application - Early Career, Exploration, and Requests For Proposal. All proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. The grant program do not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society's other division.
The National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia supports scientists, conservationists and explorers throughout Asia through its regional, peer-reviewed grant program. While we accept applicants from around the world, we encourage residents from the following countries to apply: Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam to work anywhere in the world. National Geographic use one application form for all grant types and regions.
For more than four decades, through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Rolex has supported exceptional individuals who have the courage and conviction to take on major challenges; men and women who have a spirit of enterprise, initiating extraordinary projects that make the world a better place. From the start, the Awards were designed to fill a void in corporate philanthropy by supporting exceptional individuals around the world, pioneers who had no or little access to traditional funding and were responding to major challenges with original and innovative projects that advance human knowledge and well-being. The Awards has also stimulated new ways of thinking about common problems in areas as diverse as creating technologies that improved lives, saving endangered ecosystems, protecting the oceans, exploring new frontiers on the planet, or pioneering advances in science and health.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest dedicated fund helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change. It was set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010. GCF invests in adaptation and mitigation activities in developing countries, managing a project portfolio that is implemented by its partner organisations, known as Accredited Entities.
The ASEAN region is rich in biological diversity. The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Small Grants Programme aims to contribute to biodiversity protection and management of natural resources in line with the basic needs of the local population in the ASEAN region by strengthening the ACB in its role to promote biodiversity protection, specifically in selected ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) and adjacent areas. The Programme involves developing and implementing a range of adequate financial and technical solutions and interventions for different local partners and project types; improving implementation capacities of the target groups at local level; and improving their livelihoods.