A collection of potential funding avenues for sustainable use and livelihoods projects:

  • The Darwin Initiative - Projects in developing countries. The Darwin Initiative assists countries that are rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet their objectives under one or more of the three major biodiversity Conventions (CBD, CITES and CMS), through the funding of collaborative projects which draw on UK biodiversity expertise.
  • Darwin Initiative Main Projects – Projects that benefit biodiversity and local communities and contribute to the knowledge base on the links between biodiversity conservation and human welfare and poverty reduction in the host country. Application deadline Wednesday 17 July 2013. Link to call
  • Darwin Plus - Funds environment and climate projects in the 14 UK Overseas Territories and aims to help ensure the long-term sustainable environmental management of the Overseas Territories. Application deadline Monday 23 September 2013. Link to call 
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - Grants for Conservation and Sustainability. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (USA) awards grants from US$1 thousand to US$3 thousand for a variety of projects, emphasizing field studies and cross-disciplinary approaches to conservation. There are no restrictions by nationality or geographical region. The Fund has supported projects in 40 countries and two oceans. The application period is 15 August 2013 through 20 October 2013. Link to call
  • Prince Bernhard Nature Fund - Projects to Conserve Flora and Fauna. The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (Netherlands) aims to help save critically endangered flora and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It gives funding preference to organizations in these regions, sometimes in partnership with parties in Europe or North America. Grants are up to €25 thousand. The application deadlines are 01 April and 01 October each year. Link to call
  • The Joke Waller-Hunter Initiative for Young Environmentalists - Offers grants to advance the leadership and learning of junior persons working for, or affiliated with, environmental civil society organizations in developing and emerging countries. JWH especially encourages the nomination of young women and local community leaders (men and women under 35 of age). The grants range from €2,500 to €10,000 each, and 15 grants are offered twice a year. Application deadlines June 1 and December 1 annually. Link to call