The Monarch Butterfly Fund supports conservation, research, public education and outreach, and local livelihoods in a strategy to protect monarch butterflies.
Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the USA to and from overwintering sites in Mexico. However, the monarch population is under threat in its breeding grounds, along its migration routes, and in its overwintering sites on 12 mountains of central Mexico.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Lincoln P. Brower Award. The Lincoln P. Brower Award is an annual grant of US$3 thousand to support undergraduate or graduate students in research on the conservation of monarch butterflies and their habitats.
APPLICATION: Details regarding this Award are usually posted by 01 September each year and submissions will be due 01 March.
2 — Small Grants. The Monarch Butterfly Fund supports activities to protect the oyamel fir forests in which monarch butterflies overwinter in central Mexico. Most grants are awarded to Mexican organizations and individuals. Additionally, the Fund supports a small number of projects in the USA and Canada.
Grants can be used for forest conservation; monarch habitat assessment and species monitoring; scientific research on aspects of monarch conservation; public awareness and outreach regarding monarch conservation; and support for local livelihoods in Mexican communities adjacent to the monarch habitat.
Grants are to individuals or organizations for one year, with possible renewal of successful projects. Most grants are a maximum of US$2,500 (but the Fund will consider proposals for larger amounts).
APPLICATION: Applicants submit a cover page and project abstract; a statement of previous relevant experience; a profile of the proposed project and timeline; and a budget. Proposals are sent to the indicated email address.
The Fund has two application deadlines each year.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Latin America and Caribbean: Mexico
The Fund’s website is available in English and Spanish. It publishes newsletters in both languages.