Donor: Rainforest Trust
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 125.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 5.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen


1) Objective

Rainforest Trust works with local partner organisations to create new protected areas for the most threatened species across the tropics. They are seeking new conservation partners that are committed to establishing and/or expanding Protected Areas for Critically Endangered and Endangered species (based on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). Successful applications should exhibit clear intent to establish a new Protected Area and one or more of the following:

  • Assess whether a site qualifies as an A1(a) KBA;
  • Evaluate land tenure of unprotected A1(a) KBAs;
  • Evaluate the presence and abundance of CR and EN species within unprotected A1(a) KBAs;
  • Investigate legal processes for potentially designating the site as a nationally recognized protected area or acquiring the long-term lease of gazetted land, where appropriate;
  • Negotiate land prices and gauge willingness to sell privately owned land
  • Assessments of community and government interest in Protected Area creation

2) Eligibility 

In order to qualify for the initiative, organisations should be: (1) non-profit entities or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in the country where the project is located; (2) well-established with an independent and autonomous oversight and management committee (e.g. Board); (3) located in the tropics; and (4) organisations should not be located in the top 50 wealthiest nations according to the IMF’s GDP rankings.

3) Location 

Successful applications will show that the work proposed has clear potential to lead to the creation of a new Protected Area. Project sites must contain IUCN Red List CR or EN species for which the primary threat is habitat loss. Priority acceptance will be given to studies within the tropics that exclude the top 50 wealthiest nations.

4) Budget 

Rainforest Trust is awarding support of an average $5,000 for protected area feasibility studies around the world. Award applications will be reviewed within one month of being received. Up to 25 awards will be given each year.

5) Application

First, an eligibility quiz needs to be completed online. Rapid Feasibility Awards have no deadlines. Once Applications for Rapid Feasibility Awards are approved, they can begin soon thereafter.

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