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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Grants for worldwide conservation of threatened and endangered species

Principal Office: SaPrincipal Office: United Arab Emirateswitzerland

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund makes grants for the conservation of threatened and endangered species of animals, plants, and fungi on a worldwide basis.

In addition, the Fund intends to recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and scientific research, and to elevate the importance of species in the global conservation discourse.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants for Species Conservation. The Fund makes grants for the conservation of endangered and poorly known species anywhere in the world.

The Fund is primarily interested in in situ species conservation, but will consider applications for ex situ projects in certain circumstances where they are critical for the survival of the species concerned. Most grants to date are for projects in developing countries, especially in tropical zones.

Grant recipients include national and local NGOs and other civil society organizations focused on conservation and development, as well as major conservation organizations that work internationally. Priority is given to projects that support the professional development of young conservationists.

The maximum grant is US$25 thousand.

About the program


APPLICATION: Grant applications are made online in English.

An application includes details about the applying organization; a project overview and description; information about media support; and a budget, references, and permits.

The Fund sets up to three application deadlines per year.

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a private philanthropic interest. The donor is Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan — Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

The Fund offers a projects database searchable by species names, IUCN classifications, continents, and years.

The website posts frequently asked questions (FAQ), which are highly informative for grant seekers.

The Fund provides complete contact information for its office in Abu Dhabi.

January 2021