Summary of grants awarded in May 2013
In the last round of grant giving the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund received more grant applications than ever before. In the 4 months between 1 November 2012 and 28 February 2013, more than 500 grant applications were received and reviewed.
Since its inception in 2008 the number of applications submitted to the Fund has grown steadily. More recent records indicate a nearly 50% increase in the number of applications since December 2011 (see table below).
In the latest round of funding 69 applications were supported for $527,000. This means than 14% of the applications were approved by our independent advisory board. This acceptance rate is roughly consistent with the December 2012 grant giving round.
Overtime the acceptance rates have declined. The declining acceptance rates are a direct result of the increased number of grant applications received, while available funding has remained relatively constant.
The approved grants had initially requested a total of $875k, while the Fund was able to provide $527k to support the projects. Therefore, the overall funding rate was 60 per cent ($527k/$875k), and the average grant size was $7,650.
The approved grants support species in more than 40 countries worldwide, and all species types. Consistent with all other funding rounds, nearly all are listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Five projects support species that have not been evaluated.
Acceptance Rates Over Time