Prince Bernhard Nature Fund: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund prioritizes animal and wildlife projects in developing countries, as well as, the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

IP TAKE: While this funder awards large international organizations, it prioritizes supporting smaller, local initiatives.

PROFILE: His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands established the Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF) in 1994 to support “[i]nitiatives worldwide towards the conservation of endangered species (flora & fauna) or initiatives that in other ways promote the conservation and wise use of nature and our natural resources.” Prince Bernhard also served as the foundation president of the World Wide Fund, involved in the creation of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, as well as, “[p]layed a crucial role,” in the creation of nature preserves in Nepal, India, Poland and Ivory Coast. While the PBNF does not name specific grantmaking programs, its website indicates a broad interest in biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, environmental sustainability and the sensible use of natural resources.

The foundation limits grant amounts to $20,000 or €20,000 maximum. Animal and wildlife organizations receiving PBNF support in the past include the Wildlife Research and Conservancy Society, which was awarded a grant for its assessment of the future of Asian elephants; and the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, which received funding for its work teaching Zambian children the value of wildlife conservation. To learn more about the types of organizations PBNF supports, explore its Projects page.

PBNF accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Grantseekers must submit their applications by February 1. The foundation makes final funding decisions sometime in June.

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