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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund 2023 (up to $25,000)

Deadline: October 31, 2023

Applications are invited for the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund 2023. The Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal and fungi species conservation efforts, without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species.

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is an innovative philanthropy proving small grants to boots-on-the-ground, get-your-hands-dirty, in-the-field species conservation projects for the world’s most threatened species. Through innovative micro-financing, the MBZ Fund empowers conservationists to fight the extinction crisis instead of bureaucracy and red-tape. To date the Fund has awarded over 2000 grants to a diverse range of species across the world.


  • The Fund will provide grants up to a maximum of $25,000 per project.


  • Anyone directly involved in species conservation can apply to the Fund for a grant;
  • The Fund will consider grants for the conservation of any threatened or poorly known animal, plant or fungus species.
  • The Fund maximum grant size is $25,000, and any application asking for more than this from the Fund will be rejected. The total budget of a project can be higher if there are other sources of funding.
  • Budgets must be submitted in US Dollars.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.


During 2023 the Fund will be trialing a process whereby the Fund awards grants for the conservation of threatened soil species. To submit an application for a threatened soil species please select “MBZ Special Focus” under “Species Type” in section 5.1 of the application form. This is in addition to the usual grants awarded.

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For more information, see FAQ and visit MBZ Fund.