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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Grants to USA, Canada, and International
Conservationists for Endangered Species Research

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 Midnight GMT


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International conservationists to research any threatened or poorly known plant, animal, and fungus species. Priority will be given to species facing a high risk of extinction, especially endangered and critically endangered species, as well as species with limited information available. Priority will be given to projects supporting the professional development of young conservationists.

Generally, the Fund is primarily interested in providing support to in situ conservation work in the field (such as survey work and data gathering, direct action, recovery management, training and the like), focusing on the species in its natural habitat. However, the importance of ex situ work (genetic analysis, workshops, ex situ populations, etc.) is also recognized, and so a few grants may be given to projects which focus on ex situ conservation work in certain circumstances.

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.

Depending on the type of conservation project and the work involved, the Fund will consider covering salary expenses or travel costs for a specific project. This would usually be for support staff in developing countries. However, this can only be as part of the overall grant as officially applied for.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186060

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for a maximum of $25,000 for each project, and any application asking for more than this from the Fund will be rejected.

Term of Contract:

It is possible to apply for continuation funding, but currently this requires a new application. This will be assessed according to the project and the long-term benefit to the species in question.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone directly involved in species conservation can apply to the Fund for a grant.

The Fund will not consider applications for grants which only cover salary or travel expenses.

The Fund will not contribute to the core running costs of an organization or administrative overheads, and yet does recognize that sometimes support salaries, stipends, per diems and project related living costs can be a vital part of in situ conservation work.

Pre-Application Information:

There are three grant rounds per year
- Applications received before the end of February will receive a reply at the end of April or early May.
- For applications submitted before the end of June 30, 2019, applicants should receive a reply towards the end of September 2019.
- Deadline of October 31, 2019 for a response in late December 2019.

Please do not leave it until the last minute to submit your application but do so well ahead of the deadline.




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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For any questions regarding the application, or to be added to the Fund's contact database, please send an email to: or

Nicolas Heard
Head of Fund Management

Location Address:
Floor 26, Al Khatem Tower
Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Mailing Address:
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
PO Box 131112
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 632 9117
Fax: +971 2 635 0740

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.