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Funding opportunities

This list provides an overview of organisations, which could potentially provide funding for freshwater fish conservation projects. Please read the specific criteria for each grant to ensure your project fits within the remit of the funding body before applying.

For advice and guidance on writing grant applications read A Guide to Seeking Funding from Foundations written by the IUCN SSC.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund (AZA CEF)
CEF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums as well as their collaborators. Grants are awarded in six categories; animal health, animal welfare, conservation education, field conservation and/or reintroduction, management and/or breeding and research.

British Ecological Society (BES) – Grants for Ecologists in Africa
The BES recognises that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out ecological research. This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research and to develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world.

British Ecological Society (BES) – Outreach Grants
The BES encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. The grant is awarded to projects that increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology, stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society, inspire and enthuse people of all ages and develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.

British Ecological Society (BES) – Research Grants
These BES grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Projects with a clear ecological science focus are supported; any other aspects (e.g. sociology and economics) must be clearly integrated into the ecology and scientific goals of the project.

Bromley Trust
One of the key objectives of the Bromley Trust is to oppose the extinction of the world’s fauna and flora, and the destruction of the environment for wildlife and for mankind worldwide. NB The Trust will only consider applications from UK-registered charities.

Chester Zoo – Conservation and Research Grants
Chester Zoo supports a wide variety of smaller conservation projects each year, through the Conservation and Research Grant scheme. Ranging from species monitoring and habitat protection to training and education, these projects work to conserve threatened species worldwide.

Chicago Zoological Society CBOT Conservation of Endangered Species
The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund, which supports conservation-oriented research. The grant attracts dozens of innovative research projects each quarter, and the most promising of these are awarded funding.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Conservation Grants Program
Over the past five years, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has distributed $4 million in support. Many of the grants travel no farther than Ohio"s borders as the zoo supports work on declining amphibians and critically endangered freshwater mussels.

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
The CEPF provide grants for nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth"s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust
Supporting charities working in the fields of wildlife and environmental conservation (in the UK and internationally), charities operating in the county of Sussex and charities working in the field of family planning.

Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI)
One of the FSBI"s main areas of charitable activity is its financial support for small research initiatives related to the Society"s objectives. There are two types of grant: the Small Research grant (for FSBI members), and the Wyn Wheeler Research Grant (for retired members).

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund was established in 2006 to promote understanding and enjoyment of rare, threatened and endangered animals and their habitats, and to support zoological research that will directly benefit captive animal management.

Future for Nature Foundation – Future for Nature Award 2014
Future for Nature supports young, talented and ambitious conservationists committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants. The Future for Nature Award is for individuals, and not for organisations; providing the winners with international recognition, financial support and reinforced linkages to an international conservation network.

John Ellerman Foundation
The John Ellerman Foundation is an independent grant making organisation; supporting charities that make a practical difference to people, society and the natural world. One of their key aims is to contribute to greater harmony between people and the planet. There two themes, in their environment grants category, are better managed habitats and protecting the seas.

MAVA Fondation pour la Nature
MAVA engage in strong partnerships to conserve biodiversity for future generations. About 65% of funds to be allocated in 2013-2015 will be in the form of regional grants aligned to their strategy. Geographically, that means projects in the Mediterranean, Coastal West Africa and the Alpine Arc, including all of Switzerland, will be supported.

Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA)
The MCFEA is a charitable foundation established in 1992 by Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation (UK) Plc. MCFEA aims to promote environmental conservation, education and research into the environment and poverty alleviation. In particular, the MCFEA aims to encourage the appreciation and conservation of flora and fauna with an emphasis on endangered species.

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.

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden – OKC Zoo Conservation Action Now Small Grant Program
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is committed to supporting imperilled species, habitats and their surrounding communities. Grants will be awarded based on proposal merit and in accordance with one or more of the following purposes; conservation education, scientific research and species preservation.

Patagonia Environmental Grants Program
Patagonia funds only environmental work and are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems; approaching issues with a commitment to long-term change. One priority area for Patagonia grants is protecting and restoring native fish populations and the habitat on which they depend.

People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) ‚Äì Worldwide Grants
PTES Worldwide Grants are awarded to scientific researchers and conservationists for work aimed at the preservation of one or more endangered species, or their habitat, either through research or practical field work.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium – PPG Industries Conservation and Sustainability Fund
The PPG Industries Conservation and Sustainability Fund is designed to further the mission of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitats throughout the world. A wide variety of projects will be considered, but field studies and cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation are especially encouraged.

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund
The Fund’s mission is to support small, preferably local initiatives, working towards the conservation and wise use of nature and our natural resource base. The Fund primarily focuses on work undertaken by organizations located in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Organizations from other regions can qualify for support if there is a substantial element of partnership with, and strengthening of local partner organizations.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Conservation Support Fund
The Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund was created to provide financial assistance for conservation-oriented projects/programmes that promote preservation of biodiversity. The following types of requests will be considered; in situ conservation initiatives, habitat management and preservation, ex situ conservation breeding, conservation education initiatives, projects designed to enhance animal welfare and conservation medicine.

Rolex Awards for Enterprise
Since 1976, Rolex has honoured extraordinary individuals who possess the courage and conviction to take on major challenges. Each Rolex Award for Enterprise is given for a new or ongoing project anywhere in the world – one that deserves support for its capacity to improve lives, or protect the world"s natural and cultural heritage. The 2014 series of Awards will be devoted to Young Laureates, aged between 18 and 30 years.

Rufford Foundation
The Rufford Foundation provides funding for small nature/biodiversity conservation projects and pilot programmes in developing countries.

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund provide grants for projects in four strategic areas; species research, habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. The Fund also provides Animal Crisis Grants, National Geographic Society Co-Grants and Environmental Excellence Awards.

SOS – Save Our Species
SOS is a global coalition initiated by three founding partners (IUCN, GEF and World Bank) to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world. The organisation fills a vital gap for grants that can be applied specifically to saving threatened species and their habitats.

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection
The Van Tienhoven Foundation aims to promote the protection and conservation of ecosystems and their flora and fauna, wherever they are threatened outside the Netherlands.

Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)
The WFN offers awards and grants to the world"s most dynamic conservation leaders from around the world and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism. The WFN champion passionate individuals who are committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.