Grants from Fondation Franklinia

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

Fondation Franklinia is a private foundation established in 2005 under Swiss law. It provides grants to support nature conservation projects. Its objective is to preserve threatened tree species throughout the world and improve their conservation status. Only projects aiming at improving the conservation status of globally threatened tree species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened species are eligible. Threatened species include those listed as Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN) or Critically Endangered (CR) (www.iucnredlist.org). Therefore, applicants must check the status of their target species at www.iucnredlist.org to ensure that their project is eligible. If a species is considered as threatened but the assessment is not yet published on the Red List website, detailed additional information justifying a VU, EN or CR status must be provided. Priority will be given to projects targeting CR and EN species.

Projects targeting VU species will be accepted when immediate investments will be necessary to stop a rapid decline. They define trees as plant species presenting a single trunk at least 2 meter high. Threatened tree species will be the main key performance indicators of the projects. Projects proposing a positive impact on other threatened species and associated habitats will be favoured (collateral benefits). The Foundation will favour projects of global relevance (globally threatened species) versus projects protecting species locally or regionally threatened.

2) Eligibility

Any organisation with well established expertise and efficiency in plant conservation can apply.

3) Location

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

A minimum of 20 to 50% of co-funding will be required. The percentage will depend on project size and regions. Projects can span over a period of up to 3 years.

5) Application

Proposals can be submitted in French or English. Proposals must be submitted through the Foundation’s website. The deadline for project submission is midnight CET on June 30th, 2019.