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