FAQ

What is the Quick Response Fund for Nature? 

The Quick Response Fund for Nature (QRFN), formerly the Quick Response Biodiversity Fund, is a philanthropic collaboration focused on protecting some of the world’s most critical sites for endangered species.  


Who manages the QRFN? 

The QRFN is a collaboration between RESOLVE, the Weeden Foundation, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Day to day operations are overseen by RESOLVE. The QRFN receives input and guidance from an Expert Advisory Panel consisting of leading biodiversity experts from around the world. 


What is the goal of the QRFN? 

Our goal is to ensure that any globally significant land deal - one that protects one of the last homes for rare and endangered species - has access to the necessary funds.


How does the QRFN prioritize investments? 

We accept applications on a rolling basis and, funds allowing, provide funding to projects demonstrating they will protect globally significant sites in urgent need of access to funding. We also consider the capacity of the implementing organization to conduct the land transfer and manage the site over the long-term.


Who funds the QRFN? 

Start-up and ongoing support for the QRFN has been provided by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Weeden Foundation. The Fund is also working to build a coalition of donors and conservationists who will increase our ability to make an impact across the globe.


What proportion of QRFN funding is used for overhead and admin? 

Less than 10% of its annual budget is are used for overhead and administrative costs.


What kinds of projects are eligible for QRFN funding? 

We fund land acquisition or easement costs associated with putting privately owned lands into conservation ownership or management.


What kind of projects are not eligible for QRFN funding? 

Support will not be provided for: 

· Salary, overhead, or administration; 

· Management, restoration, or monitoring of the site;

· Research.


What kind of partners and organizations are typically funded?

Prospective grantees must have a legal presence and have permissions in the country where work is proposed. In general, we prefer to give grants to NGOs working within an established framework such as 501(c)3 or equivalent status. 


What size of grants does the QRFN issue? 

Typical grants range from $25,000 to $50,000; we do not have a minimum grant size and would rarely consider a grant larger than $50,000. 


Does QRFN issue repeat funding? 

The QRFN will consider repeat requests from the same organization for a new project. 


What is the process for applying for funding from the QRFN? 

If you feel you have a project that may be a good match, send an email to [email protected] with a short description of the proposed project, its global significance, and anticipated timeline for the acquisition or easement. Application forms will be sent to projects with a reasonable chance of receiving funding. 


Who makes decisions about which projects are supported? 

The QRFN Advisory Board makes decisions on whether proposals will be funded, usually by consensus. The QRFN manager and its Expert Advisory Panel make recommendations on which projects to fund. 


What are the deadlines for applications? 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and we strive to make a decision within a timeline commensurate with the needs of the applicant, or as quickly as in one week.


Does the QRFN seek financial support from governments or from foundations? 

The QRFN focuses on private sector support from foundations, individuals, and corporations.  


What is the Fundraising Goal of the Quick Response Fund for Nature? 

Our goal is to raise $1.5M/year in order to fund approximately 50 land conservation projects per year.