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​Do you want to study abroad, perform research related to land degradation or sustainable land management? Below you can find opportunities for grants from organizations around the world.
 
The Capacity Building Marketplace publishes these opportunities for your convenience, as a service to enable people to make use of these grants to further research and expand their knowledge, thus supporting the efficacious implementation of the UNCCD. Please note that the Marketplace and the UNCCD secretariat is not involved in awarding these grants, and a listing here can not be seen as an endorsement. If you are interested in any of the grants listed below, please contact the issuing organization for further information and for applications.
 
Browse the opportunities below to find the grant that fits your goals. It can help you to become part of a growing world wide community of people working on these important issues. We welcome you to join!
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Global South Scholars: Fellowships for Young Professors
The Graduate Institute's program Global South Scholars awards fellowships to young professors from developing and emerging countries for a semester of advanced research in international and development studies.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction; Education; Climate Change
Application date:Closed the next round to be announced soon

Australian Center for International Agricultural Research Events funding
ACIAR provides sponsorship assistance to individuals wishing to attend a conference, seminar, workshop or field day.
Topic: Food
Application date:the first Wednesday of April and the last Wednesday of October in each calendar year

Grants for conservation leadership
Conservation Leadership Programme offers the funding opportunities for early-career conservationists.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
Application date:The next call for applications will be made in August 2014

New Calls: Cerrado and Indo-Burma
Grant making in the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is decentralized by biodiversity regions, supporting conservation strategy for each “hot spot.”
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity
Application date: February 7, 2014

Short-Term Fellowships Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute offers grant support for university and postdoctoral research at its facilities in Panama in several disciplines of biology, ecology, soils sciences, anthropology, and others.
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15

The UNDP Equator Prize
Every two years, the Equator Prize recognizes 25 outstanding local initiatives that work to advance sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:January 22 – March 22, 2014

UNCCD Land for Life Award 2014
The Land for Life Award recognizes excellence in sustainable land management.  Individuals and organizations of all sizes whose work has made significant and innovative contributions to Sustainable Land Management (SLM) are eligible to apply.
Topic: Awareness Raising; Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Forests; Gender; Migration; Poverty Reduction
Application date:31-Mar-14

Grants: Rural Livelihoods in Djibouti
The European Comission aims to support economic and social development in Djibouti by contributing to productivity improvements in fishing, agriculture, livestock, and energy at local levels.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:14-Apr-14

Small-Scale Initiatives programme
Are you working in Africa to protect biodiversity and act against climate change? Your project could be eligible for an FGEF grant under its Small-Scale Initiatives programme.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:15-Jun-14

Support for Mitigating Greenhouse Gases
The Foundation "Future of the Carbon Market" (Stiftung Zukunft des Kohlenstoffmarktes) supports market-based initiatives to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:15-Apr-14

University of Sussex: Commonwealth scholarships
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:16-Apr-14

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences: Research Fellowships 2014
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences provides fellowships to researchers in developing countries to collaborate with Japanese counterparts for research in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
Topic: Food; Drought; Poverty Reduction
Application date:21-Apr-14

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: Global Program on Food Security
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation invites abstracts of project proposals in three themes related to global food security: (1) Agricultural practices and food systems to raise nutrition; (ii) Rights to adequate food; and (iii) Reduced water use in agriculture.
Topic: Drought; Climate Change; Poverty Reduction; Food
Application date:23-Apr-14

Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchanges
The Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program (LACREG) is designed to strengthen international partnerships and consolidate emerging networks among academic researchers from Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction
Application date:28-Apr-14

Grants Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building 2015
The Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (IPGH) makes project grants and training grants in support of its Agenda 2010-2020.
Topic: Education; Drought; Poverty Reduction
Application date:30-Apr-14

Hubert Curien Partnership (PHC) Maghreb Grants (in French)
Hubert Curien Partnership (PHC) Maghreb encourage researches and multilateral cooperation by jointly funding regional projects involving the three Maghreb countries.
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction
Application date:30-Apr-14

The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management
The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Every year US$150,000 is awarded by an international jury to either one, or across several, projects.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Poverty Reduction; Gender
Application date:30-Apr-14

Grants for Agriculture and Related Themes
The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) supports nonprofit organizations for projects that provide food relief, development assistance, and improved public policy (among other goals) in the fight against hunger.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:30-Apr-14

Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life 2014
The Prize honors women and women's groups anywhere in the world exhibiting creativity, courage, and commitment for improving the quality of life in rural communities.
Topic: Gender; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:30-Apr-14

World Food Prize and Borlaug Field Award 2014
The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations for the World Food Prize, and for the Borlaug Field Award. The World Food Prize (US$250 thousand) recognizes an individual or individuals who have made outstanding achievements to enhance the world's food production and its distribution to those most in need.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:1-May-14

The OPEC Fund for International Development scholarship
The OPEC Fund for International Development scholarship Program sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:1-May-14

Research Collaboration Between Denmark and Brazil in Food Science
The Danish Council for Strategic Research Program in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) will fund cooperative research in food science.
Topic: Climate Change; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:2-May-14

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture project grant: 3rd Call for Proposals
The Bureau of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture opened the Third Call for Proposals under the Benefit-sharing Fund of the Treaty on 7 March 2014.
Topic: Food
Application date:5-May-14

Call for proposals sustainable food security through ITPGRFA Benefit-Sharing Fund
The 3rd Call for Proposals under the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA ) is open until May 5th 2014. The thematic focus of the Call for Proposals 2014 is sustainable food security through assisting farmers adapt to climate change.
Topic: Climate Change; Food
Application date:May 5th 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges, Round 13
The Foundation is looking for tools or approaches that enable farmers' voices to be consistently heard in all phases of projects for agricultural development.
Topic: Food; Climate Change; Poverty Reduction
Application date:6-May-14

Water Research Grants 2014
The Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF) makes grants in Asian countries for water research at universities, colleges, and research institutes.
Topic: Water
Application date:15-May-14

Weeden Foundation grants for Protection of Biodiversity in Chile and Russia
The Weeden Foundation makes grants for biodiversity conservation in forest ecosystems, riparian corridors, and riverine and aquatic environments of ecological importance.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:May 23rd, 2014

Disaster Regeneration Scholarship
The Disaster Regeneration Scholarship is open to you if you are an international student from a developing country/region affected by a recent natural or man-made disaster. The intention of this scholarship is to aid in the regeneration of the affected country/region and you must make the case for how your chosen course will facilitate in this regeneration.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Migration; Poverty Reduction; Food
Application date:25-Apr-14

Central American and the Caribbean Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded jointly with International Students House and is open to you if you are a Central American or Caribbean national wishing to study a subject useful to the development of the region.
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:25-Apr-14

African Education Scholarship
The Africa Education scholarship is intended to benefit an education professional involved in higher education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:25-Apr-14

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship
Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship is aimed at fully funding a student from a developing country to study a full-time Masters degree at the University of Westminster.
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:25-Apr-14

New Zealand Aid Program: Development Scholarships 2015
New Zealand's government provides a variety of opportunities for training and university study through the New Zealand Aid Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:May through August 2014

Grants to Strengthen Frameworks for Managing Natural Resources in West Africa
Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) works to promote political and economic governance that contributes towards justice and human rights in West Africa. The 2014 call for proposals includes an objective to improve frameworks for managing natural resources in the following countries: Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:30-May-14

AXA Research Awards
To spur and accelerate the pace of academic innovation, the AXA Research Fund has created the Awards, designed to support mid-career researchers with extremely high potential for innovation in their fields.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:30-May-14

Masters Studies in Renewable Energy
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) offers up to 20 scholarships annually for masters studies in renewable energy at the MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Priority is for applicants from developing countries.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:31-May-14

Comparative Research Networks 2014
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) supports researchers in African universities and research centers through funding for Comparative Research Networks. The networks address themes within CODESRIA's strategic plan, including (among others) research on climate change, natural resources, and development.
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction; Climate Change
Application date:31-May-14

MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity
The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:31-May-14

40 Chances Fellowships
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative, and the World Food Prize co-sponsor the 40 Chances Fellows Program, based on the book "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World." Selected fellows ages 18-39 will apply strategies of innovative social enterprise to address issues of hunger, conflict, and poverty in four countries: Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:31-May-14

Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund
The Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund (SDCBF) supports conservation programs that protect threatened wildlife and habitats worldwide.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:1-Jun-14

Bernhard Grzimek Prize for Biodiversity
The KfW Foundation awards the Bernhard Grzimek Prize to individuals and organizations operating on an international scale that significantly deepen public understanding of the challenges and solutions to protect biodiversity.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:15-Jun-14

MA fellowship at ISS The Hague
The International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) has established two funds to support students without any other form of scholarship. Both funds are open to Dutch as well as international students who wish to enroll in the MA in Development Studies.
Topic: Biodiversity; Food; Climate Change; Migration; Forests
Application date:15-Jun-14

Grants for Grassroots Conservation
The New England Biolabs Foundation makes grants to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:07 March 2014 and 14 July 2014

Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research Award 2014 - Call for Applications
The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.
Topic: Food; Forests
Application date:15-Jul-14

Supporting Talent in good local governance worldwide
Talent for Governance invests in the capacity building of young ambitious local practitioners from developing countries through unique professional training and internship Talent programmes.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Drought; Education
Application date:15-Jul-14

Grants for Disaster Preparedness in Myanmar and Indonesia
USAID will make grants that aim to increase the capacity of Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma) to anticipate and prepare for the impacts of tropical storms, tsunamis and floods, and other natural disasters. Activities will take the form of training, hazard response planning, interventions to increase public awareness, and others.
Topic: Drought; Climate Change; Poverty Reduction
Application date:26-Jul-2014

Post-Graduate Studies with Relevance to Developing Countries 2014-2015
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports young professionals to study in development-related fields at German universities. Subject areas include energy, environmental management, water resources, and others.
Topic: Climate Change; Poverty Reduction; Food
Application date:31-Jul-14

John Allwright Fellowship 2014
Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) awards the John Allwright Fellowship for university post-graduate studies in Australia. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR's priority partner countries, and engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application. Each awardee pursues research at an Australian tertiary institution relevant to the project in which the awardee is engaged prior to taking up the award.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Food; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:31-Jul-14

Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)
The Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) is envisaged to provide chosen research and training project proposals with limited start-up funds intended to enhance chances of securing long-term support from donor agencies.
Topic: Drought; Climate Change; Biodiversity; Food; Forests; Poverty Reduction
Application date:1-Aug-14

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Fulbright Scholar Program invites applications from U.S. scholars for research, teaching, and creative arts in an international context. Eligibility criteria include U.S. citizenship and a PhD or equivalent professional degree. The available openings include several in the developing world in subjects related to agriculture, environmental and biological sciences, geography, and others.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:1-Aug-14

Grants for Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity 2014
The Christensen Fund makes grants to indigenous-led and community-based organizations for projects that combine biodiversity with cultural diversity.
Topic: Biodiversity; Poverty Reduction
Application date:31-Aug-14

The Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) - TWAS Joint Research Grants Programme
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) offers grants in the field of Renewable Energy, among others, to researchers from some developing countries!
Topic: Renewable Energy
Application date:31/08/2014

John Dillon Fellowship
The Fellowship scheme serves the memory of John Dillon by providing career development opportunities for outstanding young agricultural scientists or economists
Topic: Food; Drought; Poverty Reduction
Application date:31 Aug 2014

PhD Research in Agricultural Development at European Universities, AGTRAIN 2014.
Six European universities collaborate to offer the program Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AGTRAIN).
Topic: Food
Application date:01 Nov 2014

The Sophie Prize: Leaders in International Environment
The Sophie Prize is awarded to an individual or an organization that, in a pioneering or a particularly creative way, points to alternatives to the present unsustainable development path, and puts such alternatives into practice.
Topic: Food; Climate Change
Application date:15/11/2014

University of Cambridge Conservation Leadership Scholarships
Two scholarship programmes established to support students from less developed and developing countries that are rich in biodiversity, to attend the Master of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:3-Dec-13

Acumen Global Fellows Program for Next-Generation Leaders
This Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to serving the poor.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:13-Dec-13

The Natural Environment Research Council Fellowships
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) fellowship scheme provides opportunities for outstanding early-career environmental scientists.
Topic: Biodiversity; Drought; Water
Application date:

The Future Climate Change Officer Fellowship Program (Future CCOs)
The Future Climate Change Officer Fellowship Program (Future CCOs) is designed to connect masters level graduates who have focused their studies upon climate change or sustainability, with companies, universities and government entities to work on climate change related response efforts.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:

Science without Borders "Young Talent" 2014 Brazil
Science without Borders is a joint effort of Brazil's Ministry of Education (MEC) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). The program aims to place Brazilian students and researchers in top universities worldwide.
Topic: Education; Poverty Reduction
Application date:07 April 2014, 23 June 2014, and 15 September 2014

The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
Established in 1987 with funding from the Government of Japan, the World Bank Joint Japan Graduate Scholarship Program has helped create an international community of highly trained professionals working in economic and social development through financing of graduate and post-graduate studies.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Gender; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Master in Laws (LLM) in Climate Change Law and Policy
Applications are now being taken for a new post-graduate programme in climate change law offered by the University of Strathclyde Law School and starting in September 2014.
Topic: Climate Change
Application date:

Training Courses 2014 in Agriculture and Other Development Subjects
Israel's Agency for International Development (MASHAV) offers professional short courses in Israel in subject areas that include agriculture, energy, health, education, and social development.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Vodafone Scholarship Programme
The Vodafone Foundation wants to open up new educational opportunities for young people with migrant backgrounds who want to study in German Universities.
Topic: Awareness Raising; Biodiversity; Climate Change; Drought; Education; Food; Gender; Migration; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Patagonia Grants for Environmental Protection
Patagonia makes grants to support nonprofit organizations for campaigns to preserve and protect the environment.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:30 April and 31 August of each year

Every Day Capacity Building Grants
Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Public lands need the support they deserve every day.
Topic: Biodiversity; Awareness Raising
Application date:October 30: Winter Cycle  April 30: Summer Cycle

A new initiative empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challenges
The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) provides fellowships to scientists and graduate students from African national agricultural research organizations and universities to undertake biosciences research-for-development projects.
Topic: Biodiversity; Education
Application date:

The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) small grants programs for implementers
The TOPS Program has two types of grants available through its Small Grants Program.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Climate Change; Food
Application date:

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa: Grant Making
The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) makes grants to enhance the socio-economic development and livelihood of rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) Training Courses Grant
Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) funds professional courses organized and hosted by Israeli institutions in subject areas that include agriculture, energy, health, education, and social development.
Topic: Food; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The Ibrahim Scholarship Programmes
The Ibrahim Scholarships support aspiring African leaders at a number of distinguished academic institutions.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Programme
Programme designed to identify and support potential African leaders of the future. The Ibrahim Leadership Fellows receive mentoring from the current leaders of key multilateral institutions.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Gender
Application date:16th July

Programa de Becas de la Institución Smithsonian in Panamá
The grants of the Institución Smithsonian support research and scientific training to participants from various academic levels to enrich their knowledge on the biological diversity of the tropics.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests; Climate Change; Water
Application date:Various (for more information please visit the STRIs website)

The Hewlett Foundation Grants
This Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: education, environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

Degree Program Research Scholarships at International Rice Research Institute
Program for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in their PhD and MS studies, supervised by leading scientists in their field.
Topic: Drought; Food; Biodiversity
Application date:

The Shouichi Yoshida Memorial Scholarship (SYMS)
Scholarship for students coming from economically handicapped families, with a specialization in agriculture.
Topic: Biodiversity; Food; Drought
Application date:

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Sandwich Doctoral Degree Scholarship
“Sandwich” doctoral degree and Visiting Scientist research programs are linked to the IRRI research program. Research outputs will be integral parts of the IRRI Medium Term Plan, hence contributing to the IRRI mission as international public goods, towards achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Topic: Biodiversity; Food; Drought
Application date:31-Dec

2013 International Opportunities Fund
The International Opportunities Fund supports international collaborative research on topics related to global environmental change. The current call for proposals will support research in the area of food security and land-use change.
Topic: Food; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:Closed

Edinburgh Global Development Academy Master's Scholarships
The University of Edinburgh will offer 2 Master's scholarships covering the overseas rate of fee for students from less developed countries and 2 Master's scholarships covering the "home" rate of tuition fee for UK/EU students for eligible Master's programmes offered by the University.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Education; Drought; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

Master Grants for students from developing countries
Ghent University provides Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University.
Topic: Poverty Reduction; Food; Education; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are aimed at strengthening the Action network and fostering collaboration.
Topic: Climate Change; Drought; Education; Poverty Reduction
Application date:

The German Acadamic Exchange Service Scholarships with Special Relevance for Developing Countries
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

UNIL Master's grants
To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive basis.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:Scholarships for foreign students Federal Commission Hallwylstrasse 4 CH-3003 Bern

International Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarships
The International Fulbright Science and Technology (S&T) Award for outstanding foreign students is designed to be among the most prestigious international scholarships in science and technology.
Topic: Education; Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

Otto Kinne Foundation Fellowships
The Otto Kinne Foundation (OKF) awards fellowships to young environmental scientists in Eastern Europe, the Balkan countries, and the Caucasus region.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

Research grants
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) makes grants to early-career researchers in developing countries for the sustainable management of biological and water resources.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Equipment and supplies for conservation
Idea Wild is a nonprofit organization to provide equipment and supplies in support of biodiversity conservation in developing countries.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Biodiversity
In its theme on biodiversity, the Foundation seeks to support projects that combine the management of sustainable biodiversity with local community development.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Biodiversity and Climate
The Foundation provides financial assistance, and it donates skilled services. The central interests of the Foundation are social responsibility and the environment.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Flagship Species Fund
The Flagship Species Fund makes grants in developing countries for local projects that focus on conserving “flagship” (symbolic and charismatic) species and their wider habits and ecosystems.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

Projects that link conservation with community development
Empowers Africa takes the view that sustainable conservation is built on community-based collaboration.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Grants for photography projects
Competitive grants are offered to emerging conservation photographers for photography in Australia and eligible Asia-Pacific countries.
Topic: Biodiversity; Education
Application date:

Capacity Building of Young Conservationists in Developing Countries.
Through Earthwatch Europe, young conservationists in developing countries are placed in Earthwatch projects to gain experience.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Leaders of Research Projects
Earthwatch makes grants to leaders (i.e., principal investigators) of field projects that fall within its four themes: ecosystem services; climate change; oceans; and cultural heritage.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund makes annual conservation grants, and it manages a rapid response fund. It also makes awards to grassroots conservationists for outstanding work to protect wildlife and habitats, and to educate communities.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

Conservation and Science
The Conservation and Science Program invests in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant
The  Conservation, Food and Health Foundation makes grants for conserving ecosystems and protecting biological diversity in developing countries.
Topic: Forests; Biodiversity
Application date:January 1 and July 1

Grants for environmental education and research
Conservation and Research Foundation makes grants for institutional support and for education and research in the following thematic areas: Limiting population growth; Biodiversity protection; Law and the environment; Agriculture conservation; and Pollution and energy solutions.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:31-Aug of every year

Enviroment Grants
The Trust’s interests in environment are broad to include both terrestrial and marine issues, and a wide geographical scope.
Topic: Climate Change; Biodiversity
Application date:

The Blue Moon Grant
The Blue Moon Fund aims to build human and natural resilience to a changing and warming world.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

Small Grant Program
The Rainforest Biodiversity Group makes small grants for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Neotropics.   Grants are to university graduate students and nonprofit organizations and associations.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Grants for research in biological and biophysical sciences.
The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation makes research grants in the biological and biophysical sciences (except medical research).
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:07 March

Animal Services and the Environment
The Foundation’s interests include: Wildlife research and conservation; Animal health and anti-cruelty campaigns; Community-based management of natural resources; and Environmental education and capacity building.
Topic: Biodiversity
Application date:

Conservation Projects Grant
Each year, the Foundation selects a general environmental theme for its grants. The themes include sub-topics such as the following: Tree planting and forest protection; Prevention of desertification; Wildlife protection; Ecosystem and biodiversity conservation and more.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Environmental Protection Fund
Grants are to nonprofit organizations in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to promote activities that focus on environmental education, communications, and training. Examples are tree planting days, ecological walks, environmental contests, and similar.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
Application date:

Tropical Forest Conservation.
The tropical forest conservation act helps fund the establishment and management of protected areas; practices for land and ecosystem management.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
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Grants for International Cooperation in Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development
The Foundation makes grants for international cooperation projects in research, capacity building, and field projects that contribute to environmental conservation.
Topic: Biodiversity; Climate Change
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Grants Program
The Japan Fund for Global Environment makes grants for relevant activities implemented in developing countries by Japanese NGOs; activities implemented in developing countries by non-Japanese NGOs; and activities implemented in Japan by Japanese NGOs.
Topic: Biodiversity; Forests
Application date:

Peru Opportunity Fund - Soluciones Sostenibles para el Perú Rural
Peru Opportunity Fund facilita el acceso de los pequeños productores en el Perú a la información, las tecnologías simples y al capital que necesitan para mejorar su productividad y tomar decisiones adecuadas respecto a sus tierras, sus cultivos y sus medios de vida. Solicita financiamiento ahora!
Topic: Food
Application date:Open anytime

Support for development projects in Mexico and Central America
The Atkinson Foundation makes grants for grassroots projects in Mexico and Central America.
Topic: Food; Forests
Application date:February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1

Fondation Ensemble Program Fund
The Program Fund makes grants in all of the Foundation’s programmatic areas in eligible countries. Applicant organizations should be at least three years old, and have a yearly budget of at least €500 thousand.
Topic: Biodiversity; Poverty Reduction
Application date:Closed (new round coming soon)

CFSI Family Farming in West Africa (French)
French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI) provides grants for farming organizations; NGOs in West Africa; support NGOs in West Africa and Europe; public institutions; and networks of organizations and individuals working together to develop family farming in West Africa.
Topic: Food; Climate Change
Application date:Closed (The next round coming soon)

HIVOS Green Entrepreneurship program
This program aims to build the capacities of rural men and women, and small and medium enterprises, in ways that combine environmental sustainability and economic development. There is no minimum or maximum grant size.
Topic: Food; Climate Change; Forests
Application date:

IFS Research grants
The International Foundation for Science (IFS) provides grants to early-career scientists of low-income developing countries.
Topic: Education
Application date:

Orskov Foundation Student Grants
Grants for graduate students in developing countries of agriculture, land use, or environment.
Topic: Forests
Application date:between 1st October and 31st December each year

Philip Morris International Rural Living Conditions
Foundation to support programs to protect and enhance natural resources, reforest the land, implement conservation agriculture, provide clean water, ensure food security, and improve the livelihoods of people living in rural communities.
Topic: Forests
Application date:

Collaboration Fund
The Collaboration Fund provides grants to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world.
Topic: Forests
Application date:12 April 2014

Protect-an-Acre (PAA) Fund
The Protect-an-Acre Fund (PAA) aims to protect the world’s forests and support the rights of their inhabitants through small grants.
Topic: Forests
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Rothamsted International Fellowships
Available to mid-career scientists who are citizens of developing or emerging countries
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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SEED Foundation grant
The Sow & Encourage Economic Development (SEED) Foundation supports agricultural development projects in Africa.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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Grant for Food Security
The Segal Family Foundation supports a wide range of projects and organizations.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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Skoll awards
The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs whose proven innovations have demonstrated impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Topic: Forests
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Support for civil society in Southern Africa
The Southern Africa Trust’s vision is that policies and strategies across the region work to end poverty.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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SwedBio Collaborative Program
SwedBio contributes to ideas, methods, and policies regarding how biodiversity, ecosystem services, and resilience help sustain livelihoods in productive sectors.
Topic: Biodiversity
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The International Foundation Grant Programme
Foundation that strives to support projects that are devoted to the development and growth of communities.
Topic: Forests
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Wallace Genetic Foundation Grants in agriculture, natural resources, and related issues
Grants for nonprofit organizations in the USA to support general and specific programs, including some that have an international focus.
Topic: Forests
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Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa
The Yara Prize recognizes efforts that increase food production and create value in African agriculture.
Topic: Food
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Heinrich Boell foundation Scholarship for International Students
The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year.
Topic: Food
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Ecocert Grants for sustainable agriculture, environment, and local developmen
Grants for non-profit organisations or bodies whose purpose is environmental protection or raising awareness of environmental causes.
Topic: Forests
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Climate and Land Use Alliance Grants
The Climate and Land Use Alliance is a collaborative initiative of the ClimateWorks Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Topic: Food
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Cargill Environmental Stewardship.
Strategic grants to organizations serving communities where Cargill has a presence.
Topic: Food
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AGRA Grants supporting agricultural research and development
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has four focus areas: agricultural seed; soil fertility; market access; and agricultural policies.
Topic: Food
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International Climate Initiative (ICI)
The German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) funds projects to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and preserve biodiversity.
Topic: Climate Change
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SEED Awards 2014
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:08-Apr-2014

Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation
The purpose of the Prize is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment.
Topic: Education
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The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards
The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was established in order to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals, organisations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Topic: Food
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The Ramsar Convention's Small Grants Fund
The Ramsar Convention established the Small Grants Fund (SGF) in 1990 as a mechanism to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement the Convention and to support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources.
Topic: Food
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The Benefit-sharing Fund
The Benefit-sharing Fund invests directly in high impact projects supporting farmers in developing countries conserve crop diversity.
Topic: Biodiversity
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IFAD Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility
The objective of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is to strengthen indigenous peoples’ communities and their organizations by financing small-projects which foster their self-driven development.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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ICGEB Research Grants
International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Grants support the creation of research facilities in promising institutes; promote training of young scientists; and develop new research programs of specific interest in participating countries.
Topic: Food
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GEF grants
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides grants to various types of projects ranging from several thousand dollars to several million dollars. 
Topic: Climate Change
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Global Crop Diversity Trust Long term grants
Long-term grants secure in-perpetuity funding for the conservation of the major food crops of the world.
Topic: Food
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European Development Fund (EDF)
Created in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome, and first launched in 1959, the European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for providing community development aid in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the overseas countries and territories (OCTs).
Topic: Poverty Reduction
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African women in Agricultural Research and Delopment (AWARD) Fellowships
Career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through tailored fellowships.
Topic: Food
Application date:Open

ASARECA’s Research Grants System
Research Grants System to promote agricultural research of strategic importance and relevance for the eastern and central Africa sub-region.
Topic: Food
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The Arab Fund Fellowships Program
The Arab Fund Fellowships Program has been launched in December, 1997, with the purpose of providing Arab Ph.D. holders.
Topic: Poverty Reduction
Application date:01 Jan

Congo Basin Forest Fund
The Congo Basin Forest Fund was launched in June 2008 with a grant of £100 million from the governments of the UK and Norway to develop the capacity of the people and institutions of the Congo Basin to preserve and manage their forests. 
Topic: Forests
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The African Water Facility (AWF)
The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative led by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water resources development activities in Africa.
Topic: Drought
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