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Funding criteria and eligibility

The RRF provides support for rapid responses to emergency situations and immediate threats to biodiversity in a host of eligible sites worldwide. Grants of US $5,000 to US $30,000 are awarded for a period of up to six months.

Learn more about the RRF definition of emergency.

Successful applicants will demonstrate how the site in question is facing an urgent existing or impending threat to biodiversity, and how rapid access to a small grant will make a significant difference in alleviating that threat.

Beneficiaries eligible for grants include:

  • Statutory agencies responsible for site management (for example, national natural resource/wildlife agencies, park managers, etc.);
  • Registered local, national or international non-governmental organisations; and
  • The private sector (including local and multinational corporations).

Please note that no grants are made to individuals.

Types of eligible expenditure include:

  • Equipment and materials;
  • Communications;
  • Salaries and operating costs (where a site’s normal funding mechanisms are blocked, for example by civil disturbance);
  • Targeted information campaigns;
  • Technical/expert assistance to deal with a specific problem; and/or
  • Assessment of threats and medium- to long-term needs, and planned solutions.