Funding opportunities for the Restor community


Restor Team

Funding opportunities for the Restor community

We know that access to funding is key to the success and scaling up of your restoration and conservation work. That’s why we want to share three great funding opportunities with you.

Pro tip: complete your profile information on Restor, make it public, and include a link to it in your funding application. This will help funders better understand your project and know that your restoration strategy and monitoring framework is leveraging remote-sensed monitoring data. Use your organizational profile to tell funders about the size, mission, and focus of your organization.


CLOSING SOON: Milkywire Climate Transformation Fund

Deadline for applications: 22 January

Size of grant: The median level of support for each project from previous allocation rounds was around 100 000 USD, but it is expected to be higher in 2023.

The Milkywire Climate Transformation Fund (CTF), launched in 2021, is a charitable fund that supports pioneering projects needed to reach global net zero. Milkywire is searching for projects with the greatest potential long-term impact for reducing CO2 emissions, rather than a focus on carbon compensation claims. The three pillars of this call are focusing on durable carbon removal, nature restoration and protection, and decarbonization.

CLOSING SOON: Van Tienhoven Foundation

Deadline for applications 31 January 2023

Size of grant: Maximum of EUR 10,000

The Van Tienhoven Foundation makes small grants available for the protection of threatened species and key ecosystems across the globe.

CLOSING SOON: Binding Prize for Biodiversity

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2023

Size of grant: CHF 125,000

The Sophie and Karl Binding Foundation fund innovative solutions that aim to promote the diversity of environments, species, genetic resources, and their mutual interactions in urban environments. Open to projects in Switzerland.

CLOSING SOON: The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

Application deadline: 28 February 2023

Size of grant: Maximum USD 25,000 for each project

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is an innovative philanthropy providing small grants to boots-on-the-ground, get-your-hands-dirty, in-the-field species conservation projects for the world’s most threatened species. Grants will be awarded based on their ability to meet criteria pre-determined by the Species Fund.

CLOSING SOON: The Landscape Restoration Planning Grant

Maximum grant amount: USD 100,000

Application deadline: 3 February 2023

The Endangered Landscapes Programme invites expressions of interest from organizations and partnerships for the Landscape Restoration Planning Grants.

Restoring biodiversity and natural ecosystem processes at a landscape scale is complex and challenging. The purpose of Planning Grants is to support work that will catalyze the development of landscape restoration initiatives across Europe. Please see the guidance document for more information, but funding could support the work needed to build alliances, develop a shared vision, establish baselines for biodiversity, review policies, prepare landscape restoration plans, and/or draft funding proposals.

The maximum grant amount initiatives can apply for is USD 100,000. The program welcomes applications for smaller amounts. Each team must identify a Lead Partner who will take responsibility for the project. Lead partners must be not-for-profit organizations.

Rufford Small Grant

Deadline for applications: none

Size of grants: Grants start at £6,000 and increase to £15,000

The Rufford Foundation provides funding for nature conservation projects in developing countries. To be eligible to apply, you need be in the early stages of your conservation career and any species you are working on must be considered threatened.

IKI Small Grants

Call opens: 30 November 2022

Application deadline: 15 March 2023

This grant is looking for small organizations with innovative, context-specific project ideas. Projects must address one of the following areas:

  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  • Conserving natural carbon sinks
  • Conserving biological diversity

SGP: The GEF Small Grants Programme

To apply: Please contact your SGP National Coordinator

Maximum grant size: USD 50,000 The SGP grants are awarded directly to community-based organizations and NGOs for the key role they play as a resource and constituency for environmental and development concerns. Applicants must ensure their project goals align with the SGP areas of work. You can find more information on these here under the ‘Areas of Work’ tab at the top of the page.