Please note that the MBZ Fund remains open to receiving online applications despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The next application deadline is 31st October, 2021.
Thank you for your interest in the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
The Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal and fungi species conservation efforts, without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species. However, it is very competitive indeed with only around 12% of applicants in 2019 receiving a grant.
Grants will be awarded based on their ability to meet criteria pre-determined by the Species Fund, and are for maximum of $25,000 for each project.
You can complete and submit the application online by clicking here. Before starting an application, please ensure that you have read and understood the application criteria (especially relating to the species conservation status) 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.
There are three grant rounds per year, and generally applications received before the end of February will receive a reply at the end of April or early May. The next submission deadline will be the last day of June, (and applicants will receive a reply in September). The final round of grants in a given year usually has a deadline of the end of October, with applicants receiving a repsonse in late December of the same year or early January of the following year. 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 this is a very competitive process and sadly the vast majority of applicants do not receive grants. The Fund has limited amounts of money to spend each year and receives far more applications for good projects than could possibly be supported. In 2019 only 12% of applicants received any kind of a grant, and around 1,500 were turned down.