The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a 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.
During 2017 the Fund would like to announce that applications received before 28th February, 2017 will be reviewed and applicants will receive a reply in late April or early May 2017. The following deadline for applications will be the end of June 2017 and applicants will be informed in late September 2017. For more details on the application and review timetable please go to our grants timetable page.
In 2015 the Fund supported 182 projects selected from 1,284 grant applications. The selected projects, located in 73 different countries across six continents, shared $1,579,631 in funding.
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.
The Fund is the executing agency for the GEF-funded Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project taking place in eight countries of the Indo-Pacific region.
To view the Fund's Annual Reports, please click here.