Prince Bernhard Nature Fund: Grants for Marine Conservation

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 grants to large international organizations, it prefers to support smaller, local initiatives.

PROFILE: His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands established the Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF) in 1994 to supports “[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. He also “[p]layed a crucial role” in the creation of nature preserves in Nepal, India, Poland and Ivory Coast. PBNF does not name specific areas of funding interest; however, its website indicates a broad interest in biodiversity, healthy ecosystems, environmental sustainability and the sensible use of natural resources.

The foundation limits grant amounts from US $20,000 to €20,000. Past marine conservation organizations include the Marine Megafauna Foundation, which received a grant for its work promoting sustainable fishing practices; and the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, which received a grant for its project conserving endangered wetland fauna. 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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