Several organizations provide opportunities for Partners to access grants of small amounts of money to conduct projects on conservation of waterbirds and/or their habitats. These “Small Grants Funds” can be helpful to undertake an activity or create materials for Flyway Network Sites in a country, to cover the costs of developing a major project, or to serve as seed money that will attract co-funding. The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership does not act as a provider of small funds but can assist Partners to contact existing Small Grants Funds. The following summaries and links should enable Partners to make their own inquiries. Please note that the time frames and other operational requirements vary between the Funds, typically as determined by particular national regulations. Also be aware that competition for grants may be strong and that waterbirds may be only one of the many subjects that the Fund addresses. Information on other Funds may be added to this site in the future.

The Nagao Wetland Fund (NWF) is intended to support Contracting Parties in the Asia and Oceania regions on small-scale projects, with a maximum offer of USD 18,000 per project. The NWF is particularly interested in receiving applications for projects which aim to deepen scientific knowledge and/or raise the environmental awareness of the general public. The projects should be identified as a national priority by the Contracting Party in the implementation of the Convention’s Strategic Plan 2016-2024. The deadline for all submissions is 1 April 2017.
The Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (SGF) was established by the Conference of the Contracting Parties in 1990, and it provides financial assistance for wetland conservation projects in the form of small grants (maximum Swiss francs 40,000 per project) for projects in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The Asian Waterbird Conservation Fund was established to provide financial support to projects on the ground in Asia that will lead to the conservation or protection of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, particularly through partnership with the local community at the site. Each year WWF makes a single call for applications to the Fund with the deadline of 31 October.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to do the following:
  1. Provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives
  2. Recognize leaders in the field of species conservation; and
  3. Elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.
The application deadline is 31 October 2016. Click here for further information.
The Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) was authorized as a public trust by the Ministry of Environment Japan, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2000. The Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. was selected as the Trustee of the Fund. After its establishment in April 2000, a lot of corporations (mainly Nippon Keidanren member corporations) and the general public have been contributing donations to the Fund on the approval of KNCF. The KNCF has supported projects every year with about the total amount of 150 million (JPY). The KNCF raises applicants for the Fund on its Web Page every fiscal year, and the Project Selection Committee has assumed the rigid responsibility of appraising and selecting supported projects among submitted applications.
We are now faced with environmental problems that are occurring on a global scale: global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and destruction of tropical rain forests. Regardless of whether we live in developed or developing countries, the economic activities that support our societies have not only caused an abuse of resources but have also made a large impact on the environment, the foundation for our livelihoods. Moreover these problems not only influence our local environment but also they cross national borders into neighboring countries and are connected to the destruction of the environment on a global scale. Environmental problems cannot be solved only by the power of one nation, one region, one company, nor one individual alone. To alleviate the global environmental crisis and to create a sustainable society, it becomes essential to collaborate internationally.
The RRC-EA wetland fund is a fund that is comparable with the Ramsar Small Grant Fund. The purpose of the RRC-EA WF is to provide funding to East-Southeast Asian Nations for the purpose of wetland conservation and wetland education programs. The grant is open to all applicants, but the project fund cannot exceed 12,000,000KRW. The grant is established with the purpose of assisting countries in the enhancement of conservation and protection of wetlands in the Asian Region. Project proposals need to be submitted by the deadline for consideration in the award process. A group of professional wetland experts and the RRC-EA staff evaluates the proposals. Successful proposals will exhibit sound knowledge of wetland processes, and management protocols as well as an innovative approach to the research being performed.
The goal of the Future for Nature Foundation is to protect species of wild animals and plants. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation has established the Future for Nature Award. The prize rewards and funds individuals for their internationally outstanding species protection efforts. The Future for Nature Awards is awarded annually during the Future for Nature Conference at Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. A sponsor market for species protection will accompany the annual conference.
The Save Our Species Rapid Action Grants support projects aimed at addressing immediate threats that require targeted specific action.
The National Geographic Society supports projects throughout the world through its grant program. The grant program seeks proposals that aim to test innovative approaches to improve the viability of migratory species by addressing issues surrounding land, air, and water migrations, including the migrations of lesser-known species as well as the most important long-distance migrations. National Geographic encourages applicants from around the world. However, as a result of changes in Chinese law effective January 1, 2017, the National Geographic Society is unable to support new grantee work in mainland China. This applies to any projects conducted by mainland Chinese citizens anywhere and also applies to non-Chinese individuals or organizations proposing work in mainland China. We will still accept applications from residents of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau as long as the proposed work is outside of mainland China. The deadline for the next application submission for 2017 is 1 October 2017.
The National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia supports scientists, conservationists and explorers throughout Asia through its regional, peer-reviewed grant program. The grant program in Asia is open to residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam to work anywhere in the world. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The deadline for application submission for Spring 2017 is 31 December 2016.
Rolex Awards for Enterprise supports projects and extraordinary individuals who possess the capacity to improve our lives, protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Application for the 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise is now open to Young Leaders (ages 18-30) who are engaged in the areas of environment, applied science and technology, or exploration. Five Rolex Awards will be offered to five winners and each will receive 100,000 Swiss francs. The deadline for the application is 30 June 2017.