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Who We Are

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is an innovative philanthropy providing small grants to boots-on-the-ground, get-your-hands-dirty, in-the-field species conservation projects for the world's most threatened species.

Originally set up in 2008 with an initial endowment of €25,000,000, the Fund was established to:

  • Provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives.
  • Recognize leaders in the field of species conservation; and
  • Elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.

The Fund's reach in species conservation is truly global, and its species interest is non-discriminatory. It is open to applications for funding support from conservationists based in all parts of the world and will potentially support direct conservation projects focused on all kinds of endangered plant, animal and fungus species, subject to the approval of an independent evaluation committee.

In addition, the fund recognises leaders in the field of species conservation and scientific research to ensure their important work is given the attention it deserves and to generally help elevate the importance of species in the global conservation discourse.

This latest round of funding at the end of 2023 ensured that the Fund crossed the $25,000,00 mark in supporting global conservation with $25,239,076 allocated to 2742 projects.

Read more about the species and people supported by browsing our species conservation case study section.

To view the Fund's Annual Reports, please click here.

How does the Fund work?

Why species conservation?