Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund 2023

Deadline: 31st of October, 2023

Applications are invited for the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund 2023. The Fund was created to give targeted funding to particular species conservation programs, to acknowledge pioneers in the field, and to raise the profile of species in the wider conservation discussion. Its goal is worldwide, and grant eligibility will be extended to all plant, animal, and fungal species conservation initiatives, without regard to area or specific species.

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is an innovative foundation that provides small contributions to in-the-field species conservation programs for the world’s most vulnerable species. Instead of bureaucracy and red tape, the MBZ Fund allows conservationists to battle the extinction catastrophe through creative micro-financing. To far, the Fund has given over 2000 grants to a wide variety of species all around 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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