Small Grant Program


Rainforest Biodiversity Group began its small grant program to provide funding for projects that lead to the conservation of biodiversity within the Neotropics. This fund is available to graduate students and 501c3 non-profit organizations (or equivalent) and can be species-specific (flora or fauna) or site-specific work.

The grant may be used to support scientific research (qualitative or quantitative), environmental education, sustainable economic development projects (eco-tourism, e.g.) or other conservation activities that can demonstrate benefit to the conservation of wildlife or their habitat and help Rainforest Biodiversity Group complete its mission. RBG will be evaluating projects not only on their technical merit, but also on their environmental and social ramifications.

RBG is looking for proposals that have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Include clear measures of success
  • State reasonable goals and objectives
  • Consider how local people or surrounding communities might potentially be involved or benefit from your project
  • Have counter-part funding or show that these funds could be leveraged for further funding
  • Demonstrate the critical importance of these funds for project completion and implementation
  • Are being done in conjunction with partners or partner organizations (particularly local)

In recognition that $1500 is not likely to fund a project in its entirety, prioritization for funding will go to the project that can demonstrate that the funds from this small grant program will be of critical importance to the completion and successful implementation of a project that is providing value for wildlife habitat, or wildlife conservation.

This grant does not require matching funds of any kind, but it will be to the applicant’s advantage to show that these funds are being complemented by counterpart funding (either cash or in-kind) or that the funds can be leveraged for further funding from another source.

For 2016, up to $1500 is available. Applicants may apply for the full amount, but might only be funded in part. Funds are to be used within one year. The call for proposals is currently OPEN until Dec.1, 2015

Successful applicants must provide a six-month progress report to RBG as well as a final report upon completion of project.

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