The IUCN-SCC Heron Specialist Group

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

Birds 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 Inithiative - 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

Foundation for the Americas; Fund for Europe and Africa - Mitsubishi Corporation Foundations, biodiversity, environmental education

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

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 - sustaining, restoring and enhancing the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats

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