Funding sources


Funding can potentially come from a variety of sources – multilateral, regional and bilateral financial and development bodies, governments, as well as non-governmental sources, the private sector and research institutions.

1. Multilateral sources. Examples include: The Global Environment Facility, United Nations system entities and regional cooperation organizations such as the UNEP, FAO, UNDP, the World Bank or other regional development banks. These bodies tend to have a preference for development-orientated projects, so bear this in mind when designing the outputs of your project.

2. Bilateral sources. Examples include: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UK Darwin Initiative, Belgian Development Corporation, Swedish International Foundation for Science (IFS). Bilateral assistance often seeks to promote scientific and technical linkages between target countries and donor countries.

3. Nongovernmental sources, such as taxonomic institutions and conservation organizations, private grant making foundations and corporate charities. Examples include: The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the MAVA Foundation for Nature Conservation (MAVA Stiftung für Naturschutz).

4. And of course there are national funders which can be approached for the development of National Red Lists. For example, the publication of the Uruguayan Red List of birds was sponsored by 14 different national organisations including government entities such as the Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (National Agency for Research and Innovation), academic institutions, National Parks authorities and non-governmental conservation organisations such as Karumbé.

You can also have a look through Red Lists held in our online library, to see how they were funded.

Additional funding resources:

A catalogue of funding sources compiled by the CBD

Belgian GTI Focal Point compiled funding sources for taxonomy and biodiversity

We will add funding links as we come across them to keep checking back for updates.