The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

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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 Fund’s reach is truly global, and its species interest is non-discriminatory. It is open to applications for funding support from conservationists based in all parts of the world, and will potentially support projects focused on any and all kinds of plant, animal and fungus species, subject to the approval of an independent evaluation committee.

In addition, the Fund will recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and scientific research to ensure their important work is given the attention it deserves and to elevate the importance of species in global conservation discourse.

For 2013 the Fund would like to announce that applications received before February 28th 2013 will be reviewed and applicants will receive a reply at the end of April 2013. The following deadline for applications will be June 30th 2013 and applicants will be informed in late August 2013.

NB For the review period up to October 31st 2012 the Fund received over 456 applications, but was only able to provide grants (often only part of the requested funding) to 62 new projects.

As of December 1st, 2011 the Fund is only accepting applications through the online system, and so will not be able to consider applications sent as Word document attachments to an email.

The Fund had an initial endowment of €25,000,000, of which a small portion is spent each year on grants.  The species conservation case study section of our web site shows up-to-date information on where these funds have been allocated so far.

It is envisaged that the Fund’s establishment will act as a catalyst to attract additional donations from third party sources to ensure the Fund’s annual contribution to direct species conservation initiatives increases over time.

To view the Fund’s Annual Reports, please click here.

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