Grant Opportunities


The following is a list of grant opportunities available for heron biology and conservation activities. Each grant and support program has its own focus and set of rules. The list below is hugely variable, from small grants to individuals to large scale national and regional grants to large NGOs. You are encouraged to make additional funding opportunities known so they can be included by communicating with the Chair or Vice Chairs.

Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) - International scientific meetings in developing countries
Africa Eurasian Waterbird Agreement - Small Grants Fund
African Bird Club - conservation projects in Africa including survey, research of African birds, education
Alexander Abraham Foundation - Environmental Conservation Grants, Africa and Asia
American Museum of Natural History - Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund
American Ornithologists’ Union - Research Awards
Asian Waterbirds Conservation Fund - conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetland habitats, socio-economic benefits
Association of Avian Veterinarians - research grants for clinical aspects of exotic and wild birds
Association of Field Ornithologists - research awards for field studies and conservation of birds in America
Aveda Earth Fund - Community-Based Environmental Projects
Beneficia Foundation - Biodiversity Conservation Grants
Biodiversity Foundation - biodiversity conservation
Bird Studies Canada - James L. Baillie Memorial Fund
British Ornithologists’ Union - BOU Small Research Grants
Chicago Zoological Society CBOT Conservation Grants - threatened and endangered species and specific high value habitat
Christensen Fund - environmental conservation integrated with cultural diversity
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - Africa, Asia, Neotropics seed grants
Club 300 Foundation for Bird Protection - bird protection worldwide
Conservation International - protected area land purchases
Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund - Polynesia/Micronesia biodiversity
Darwin Initiative - Scoping awards, Fellowships, and the UK Overseas Territories Challenge Fund for UK organizations with partners in the developing world for capacity building, research, and environmental education in support of biodiversity conservation
David and Lucile Packard Foundation - conservation and science in developing world, marine, climate change
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund - wildlife conservation
Equator Prize 2012 - local initiatives in sustainable development by community-based groups
European Commission (EC) Conservation in the Northern Congo Basin
Fauna and Flora International - Flagship Species Fund, endangered species
Future for Nature Foundation - endangered species
Global Environment Facility
Japan Fund for Global Environment - conservation in Japan
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - Environmental Conservation
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundations, biodiversity, environmental education,
Foundation for the Americas; Fund for Europe and Africa
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund - conservation of animal, bird, plant, and fungi species worldwide
Nando Peretti Foundation - environmental conservation, biodiversity inventory, nature reserves, wildlife research and conservation, to NGOs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Bird Conservation Grants
Nature and Discoveries Foundation - environmental education, nature protection in Francophone Africa, overseas France, and French territories
New England Biolabs Foundation - small grants for grassroots work in developing countries
Oriental Bird Club - Major Conservation Awards
Ornithological Society of the Middle East - Conservation and Research Fund
Overbrook Foundation - biodiversity and sustainability in Latin America
PADI Foundation - marine conservation and education
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species Worldwide Grants
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation - global environmental stability climate change, biodiversity, water, and desertification in Mediterranean, Polar Regions, and Least-Developed Countries
Prince Bernhard Fund for Nature - endangered species in tropics and subtropics, locally based
Ramsar Assistance Programmes
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands - Small Grants and Wetlands for the Future, wetland projects in developing countries, training in Latin America/Caribbean
Royal Society for Protection of Birds - The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds
Rufford Foundation - Rufford Small Grants Foundation, bird conservation, environmental awareness in developing countries, practical and long lasting impact
Safari Club International Foundation - conservation and research in Africa, Asia, and North America
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund - wildlife conservation, research, and education from accredited institutions
Shared Earth Foundation - habitat, ecotourism
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology - Grants-In-Aid of Research
Sound Approach Bird Fund - threatened species
Terraviva Grants - information on various grant opportunities
US Fish and Wildlife Service - US Small Grants for wetlands conservation
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Grants
Waterbird Society Kushlan Research Award in Ciconiiform Research and Conservation
Weeden Foundation - international biodiversity, Chile and Russia, sustainability
Whitley Fund for Nature - nature conservation in developing countries, community involvement
World Conservation Union (IUCN), various programs worldwide through its network:
National Committee of the Netherlands; Central African Regional Program for the Environment
World Land Trust - land acquisition for threatened species
WWF Hong Kong - Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund, waterbird conservation East Asia