Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund 2023 – APPLY NOW

Application is currently ongoing for The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. Interested and qualified person(s) are encouraged to apply.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has supported numerous projects worldwide, contributing to the conservation of a wide range of plant and animal species across different ecosystems. It plays a crucial role in fostering global conservation efforts and helping to protect the world’s most vulnerable species from extinction.

The fund provides financial support to individuals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and conservationists working on projects that focus on protecting endangered species. The goal is to halt the loss of biodiversity and promote the long-term survival of threatened species and their habitats.

The grants provided by the Fund are open to all global efforts directed towards conserving plant, animal, and fungi species, without any bias towards a particular region or species. However, it is worth noting that the competition for these grants is highly intense, with only approximately 12% of applicants receiving funding in 2019.

About Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a grant-giving organization that supports conservation efforts for endangered species around the world. The fund was established in 2008 by H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, as a tribute to his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was known for his commitment to wildlife conservation.

The funds are used for various purposes, such as field research, habitat restoration, community engagement, capacity building, or creating awareness about the importance of species conservation.

The Fund Requirement

Some criteria you need to bear in mind when submitting your application are as follows:

  • Your Budgets must be submitted in US Dollars.
  • Make sure that your application is submitted in English.
  • The maximum grant size that the Fund issues is $25,000. Anything higher, will not be considered
  • Ensure that your project is about an endangered species if not, it might not be accepted.
  • The Fund will use the IUCN Redlist ( ) as the principal guide to a specific species’ conservation status, while documented variances for sub-species, unique populations, and sub-populations will be considered.
  • Bear in mind that applications with clearly inaccurate conservation status and no justification will be rejected.
  • The text of your application should be concise and straightforward, with quantifiable goals, aims, and techniques clearly expressed.
  • The Fund does not provide funding for the basic operational expenses or administrative costs of an organization. However, it acknowledges that certain expenses directly related to in situ conservation work, such as salaries, stipends, per diems, and project-related living costs, may be necessary and eligible for support.
  • Applicants should note that only applications submitted through the Fund’s online, web-based system will be considered.

Application procedure

During 2023, the Fund will test a new approach to awarding funding for the conservation of vulnerable soil species. Please select “MBZ Special Focus” under “Species Type” in section 5.1 of the application form to submit an application for a vulnerable soil species. It is an extra to the usual grants.

Are you interested and qualified? Click on this link  to proceed with your Application

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Application Deadline

October 31, 2023.

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