Donor: Rufford Foundation
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 5.000GBP
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 25.000GBP
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Animal Welfare
  • Environment & Natural Resources

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

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective 

The Rufford Foundation is a UK based charity whose main remit is to offer grants for nature conservation projects in the developing world. Since inception they have given in excess of 3,700 grants in 155 countries. The Foundation has a broad scope of interest. As well as the conservation of animals in their habitat, it is also keen to support conservation work focusing on threatened habitats, and on other organisms such as plants, fungi, or insects. Beyond this, the overriding requirement is that the work must be of a pragmatic nature, and make a substantial and long lasting impact on the issue in question. There will often be a significant human element to a successful proposal, with community education and involvement being very important.

This Grants Program offers grants for nature conservation projects in the developing world. There exist five consecutive funding schemes: the Rufford Small Grant, the 2nd Rufford Small Grant, the Booster Grant, the 2nd Booster Grant, and Completion Grant.

2) Eligibility

Individuals and (small) organisations are eligible. The Completion Grant can only be given to organisations.

3) Location

They fund activities worldwide in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Central and Latin America, Europe, the Indian Sub-continent and Middle East. They have no focus countries.

4) Budget

A Rufford Small Grant is up to £5,000; a 2nd Rufford Small Grant is also up to £5,000; a Booster Grant is up to £10,000; a 2nd Booster Grant is also up to £10,000; and a Completion Grant is up to £15,000. 

5) Application 

Applications can be made at any time of the year and these are reviewed once all references have been received. The applications are assessed and decisions are usually made within 3 months, except for Completion Grants, where the process can take up to 6 months. All applications must be submitted using the online application process on the website.

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