The MBZ Species Conservation Fund will TEMPORARILY change the primary focus of its small grants for the next two rounds of grant giving (application deadlines of 31st October, 2020 and 28th February, 2021). Grants will now be awarded to support the core operational costs of local, grassroots, species conservation organisations, which are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result face personnel or financial constraints in conducting species conservation work in 2021. The grant size will remain a maximum of $25,000, but the minimum grant size will be $15,000 for this period.
Please note that for this temporary period, applications from international NGOs, government-related entities, universities and other academic institutions will not be eligible. Furthermore, international travel, meetings (including Redlist workshops, conservation action plan workshops etc), and other costs which are not core operational costs in support of conservation work, will not be eligible.
This temporary initiative is based on the results of a survey of previous grant recipients conducted in April/May 2020 to assess the impact of the pandemic on field conservation activities, and is a reaction to the problems highlighted by those previous grant recipients.
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The Covid-19 pandemic and its associated economic consequences have caused financial challenges for many of our current grant recipients, particularly those who operate on a local level and are independent NGOs. Recognising these difficulties and understanding the importance of the role local organisations play in the front line for the conservation of species, the MBZ Fund is temporarily offering a Covid-19 Relief Grant in place of its standard small grants programme until 28th February 2021, after which the MBZ Fund plans to restart is traditional small grants programme.
Grants will be awarded based on demonstrated need to independent, local NGOs and are for maximum of $25,000.
You can complete and submit the application online by clicking here. Before starting an application, please ensure that you have read and understood the applicationcriteria (especially relating to the eligibility of your organization) and have had a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Fund's website.
Once your application has been submitted you will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your application, which will also contain log in details.
The Covid-19 Relief Grants stand as a temporary replacement for the standard MBZ Fund small grants programme. Since inception, the MBZ Fund has offered three grant giving rounds per year with grant application deadlines set at the end of February, June and October. The grant rounds ending in October 2020 and February 2021 will be reserved for Covid-19 Relief Grants. The grant round ending on 30th June, 2021 will again be set for the traditional small grants programme. For exact timings and details, please visit the Timetable page. Please do not leave it until the last minute to submit your application but do so well ahead of the deadline.
Please note that the MBZ Fund has very restrictive eligibility requirements for these temporary Covid-19 Relief Grant. The Fund has limited amounts of money to spend each year and we really want to ensure that this support reaches those most in need. In the Fund’s judgement (based on a survey conducted in April/May of 2020), independent NGOs which operate locally in the field and on small budgets are likely to be among the most severely affected by the current crisis. The Fund wants to help ensure their continued viability. It is anticipated that the grant would be to cover at most a 3 month period.