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When can I apply?

The next call for proposals opens on 1 November 2022 and closes on 1 February 2023, Midnight CET.

When the call opens, a button appears on the top of this page that will guide you to the application form.

Results will be in around June.

How big are the grants?

Our grants do not exceed US$ 20.000 or € 20.000.

Am I eligible?

To check your eligibility, please take note of the following main criteria:

(1) The PBNF does not support individuals, only registered non-profits. These can be associations, operating foundations, research institutes, local authorities, universities and others. Your non-profit must have an organisational bank account, no personal accounts are allowed.

(2) The PBNF aims to help save critically endangered flora and fauna. The urgency of your conservation case is directly related to the priority your project will receive. Therefore, always verify the conservation status of your focus species on the IUCN Red List. As a general rule of thumb, it can be said that you are eligible with a focus species that is at least classified as Vulnerable (VU), and receive a higher priority when the species is classified as Endangered (EN) or Critically Endangered (CR). If the focus species is Near Threatened (NT) or Least Concern (LC) you should not apply, or in case of doubt send an inquiry before applying.

(3) Due to the small grant size, the PBNF prefers to support projects in developing countries, with a special focus on the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific/Oceania. If you are from a developed country you may still apply, but you will receive a lower priority and therefore have a lower chance for your project to be acknowledged.

(4) The PBNF always wants to see an applied component of the project. If your project is primarily research-based, it is important to highlight how your research engages communities and will lead to impact on the ground.

(5)  The PBNF focuses on seed funding, supporting organizations in the start-up phase or pilot projects of organizations. The Fund does not favour requests aimed at supporting general ongoing costs of the organization, nor provides co-funding to large projects where the Fund’s support represents a small percentage of the overall project budget.

(6) The PBNF favours smaller grassroots organisations over bigger international organisations.

(7) Other criteria include: Stakeholder involvement and local embedding of the project; An innovative approach; (Economic) sustainability of the project; Local capacity building; Scalability of the project. Having some co-funding secured is appreciated but not a must.

(8) The PBNF does not support projects that address too general or global threats such as climate change, deforestation, malnutrition, poverty etc. Also general development programs that for example aim to improve the quality of life in rural villages through economic or agricultural development are not eligible.

(9) Only one application per organisation will be taken into consideration for each call for proposals. If an organisation previously received a PBNF grant, a final report must have been submitted to be eligible to newly apply for a PBNF grant. Organizations can be supported for a maximum of three times.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a PBNF grant simply by clicking the button “Apply for a PBNF Grant” on the top of this page. Before the Call opens and after the deadline closes, this button is not there so you are not able to apply. In the application form you are asked to fill in the details about your project, and to upload a separate budget. Try to be concise and specific in your answers, and please fill in the budget in Euro’s or USDollars. If you need more guidance and like to have more explanation with the questions, you can download the Guidelines document below to get you started. If you started the application but need to interrupt your work or if you work with an unstable internet connection, scroll down on the form and click ‘Save and Continue later’. Your form will them be saved and you will receive an email with a personal link through which you can return to your form at any time. After completing the application form, click ‘Submit’. You will receive a confirmation and copy of your application by email. Results will be in around June. All applicants will be contacted on the email address provided in the application form as contact address.

If the Call is open, start filling the application form by clicking on the “Apply for a PBNF Grant” button on the top of the page.

If you experience any technical difficulty, please contact us at

How does a good proposal look like?

Are you unsure about some questions in the application form? Or do you have little experience in proposal writing and are you wondering if you are doing it right? Then it may be helpful to take a look at the following documents:

Click here to download the Application Form Guidelines