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Save Our Species

Grants for conserving threatened species of plants and animals and their habitats

Principal Office: International


Save Our Species (SOS) fund was founded in 2010 by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and World Bank. The Fund makes grants to conserve threatened species and their habitats on a worldwide level.

SOS is managed through a secretariat housed within IUCN. Grants are allocated according to strategic directions determined by IUCNs Species Program and Species Survival Commission.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants for conservation of threatened species and their habitats. Threatened species are those listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered on IUCN’s Red List. The Fund makes two types of grants.

Threatened Species Grants — Grants address specific conservation priorities determined by IUCN, with new priorities in SOS added each year. Grants range from US$25 thousand to US$800 thousand for projects of one to two years.

Rapid Action Grants — These are comparatively smaller grants to address emergencies that demand specific and targeted conservation actions. Rapid Action Grants can focus on any threatened species, i.e., including species outside current strategic priorities of the Threatened Species Grants. Grants are a maximum of US$25 thousand for up to one year.

SOS makes grants to NGOs, community groups, and other civil society organizations. Government agencies are not eligible.

APPLICATION: Grants are made through a call for proposals. Each call specifies the grant priorities, available funding, eligibility criteria, grant size, submission deadline, and supporting information.

Find open calls for proposals

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


Grant seekers should review funded projects for an overview of the Fund’s interests.

January 2021