QRFN and Rainforest Trust partner to launch new Preventing Extinction Fund QRFN and Rainforest Trust partner to launch new Preventing Extinction Fund

QRFN and Rainforest Trust partner to launch new Preventing Extinction Fund

Quick Response Fund for Nature | Rainforest Trust

The Quick Response Fund for Nature and Rainforest Trust are proud to announce a new USD 1,000,000 partnership to protect habitat for the world’s most threatened species.

The Preventing Extinction Fund will provide grants to local Civil Society Organizations that are focused on creating or expanding protected areas for species at the highest risk of extinction across the tropics and subtropics.

Priority will be given to “Rare Species Sites” as defined on the Global Safety Net. Rare Species Sites are defined as currently unprotected areas with species that are rare naturally or are at high threat of extinction due to human activities (Dinerstein et al 2020). Rare Species sites comprise of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), including Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites; and sites that capture important populations of rare, endemic, and range-restricted vertebrates and plants.

Applications endorsed by IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) or World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Specialist/Working Groups or Task Forces will be viewed favourably as will applications with a clear linkages to other IUCN Commissions and the KBA Secretariat.

The Preventing Extinction Fund is making two types of grants available:

Protected Area Conservation Action Grants will support actions that establish or expand protected areas during the timeframe of the grant. Projects will help improve the status of threatened animal species and their habitats. Two levels of funding are available:

  • Rapid Response Awards
    Typical duration: 6–18 months
    Typical amount: less than USD 100,000
  • Extended Awards
    Typical duration: 36–72 months
    Typical amount: more than USD 100,000

Species Planning Grants will be provided to IUCN Specialist Groups, KBA regional focal points or local Civil Society Organizations to support the identification and assessment of priority sites for protected area establishment. These grants are intended to provide groups with the opportunity to identify key sites and begin the process of protection. Follow-up grants for site protection can be applied through the Protected Area Conservation Action Grants.

Maximum duration: 9 months
Maximum amount: USD 10,000

    • Eligible projects must include at their core one or more of the following activities:

      • The creation of a new protected area or the expansion of existing protected areas through land purchase (either government or private protected areas);
      • Designation as a national park or other officially recognized protected area;
      • Conversion of logging concessions to reserves;
      • Long-term land leases; or
      • Land-titling or other mechanism of providing for Indigenous ownership and management, with the formal stipulation that the Indigenous or community lands will be managed for conservation.

      Establishment of Other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) may be considered for project eligibility on a case-by-case basis where they provide for effective long-term conservation of habitat and otherwise meet Preventing Extinctions Fund  criteria.

      Eligible projects should also meet the following criteria:

      • Projects must be in the tropics or subtropics.
      • Proposed sites must meet at least one of the following two criteria:
        •  Qualify as a Rare Species Sites as defined on the Global Safety Net.
        •  Protect globally significant populations of CR or EN species with preference given to proposed sites that qualify as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) under criteria A1.
      • There must be recent, verifiable evidence that the priority species occur within the proposed site.
      • The Preventing Extinctions Fund will take into consideration evidence provided on species considered Threatened but have not been evaluated or require an updated evaluation by the IUCN Red List
      • Projects should have endorsement from project stakeholders, especially local communities.
      • All projects are expected to obtain Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of any impacted communities, relevant evidence or documentation demonstrating that FPIC has been or must be (i.e. legally required in the process with the government) obtained will be required
      • Projects should strive to address sustainable financing mechanisms for long-term management of the proposed protected area--development of such mechanisms is a reasonable project cost.
      • All projects will require the establishment of the protected area within the project term.

      For projects outside of the tropics, subtropics, or Rare Species Sites, please consider applying for the Quick Response Fund for Nature.

      The Preventing Extinctions Fund does not support the operationalizing of already formally established protected areas (including salary, management, or research), nor does it fund under-resourced protected areas. All proposed sites should be free of other formal protected area designation that place biodiversity conservation at their core. The World Database of Protected Areas should be consulted as guidance to determine if the area is already recognized as protected (IUCN categories I–VI). Ramsar and UNESCO designations are not considered protected areas on their own.

      Proposals will be evaluated based on:

      • Significance of the site: how might the acquisition help protect species that are globally Endangered or Critically Endangered?
      • Urgency of the acquisition: how important is a rapid response?
      • Capacity of the implementing organization: is there a high likelihood the applicant can successfully transfer the land, address any social implications, and successfully manage the site for the targeted conservation outcomes?
    • To apply, please complete this concept note and e-mail it as an attachment to [email protected]. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no deadline for application.

      All proposals will undergo evaluation by staff at Rainforest Trust and the Quick Response Fund for Nature. Grantees will be contacted within two weeks from date of application and notified if they will be invited for a full proposal. All full proposals are reviewed by an external advisory panel of experts.

      For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Media Contact

Carly Vynne, Director, Quick Response Fund for Nature
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Since 2015, the Quick Response Fund for Nature has awarded 45 grants to local organizations in 25 countries across five continents. During this time, QRFN has directed over $1,440,000 to help secure critical habitat for rare and endangered species, with over 80% of funds going towards habitat protection in tropical regions. Notable grants include helping to conserve African pangolins in Uganda, elephant corridors in Kenya, jaguars and spider monkeys in Ecuador, Philippine eagles in a sacred tribal forest in the Philippines, rare Arctic waders in Finland, and a suite of western prairie species in Colorado. QRFN is managed by RESOLVE, a Washington D.C.-based environmental non-profit.

Steve Bernacki, Director of Conservation Strategy, Rainforest Trust
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Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has been safeguarding imperiled tropical habitats and saving endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities. With its partners, Rainforest Trust has safeguarded more than 37 million acres of vital habitat across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous support of the public to successfully implement its important conservation action. The organization is proud of earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Learn more about the work of Rainforest Trust by visiting Rainforesttrust.org, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or Facebook.