Funding Organizations

This database lists organizations from the public and private sector that fund or invest in projects promoting wetland conservation, wise use and restoration. This database is not exhaustive, it serves as a directory for people searching for possible funders. Email ramsar@ramsar.org to suggest updates or additions to the Database.


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Name Short Name Organization type Areas of support Grant size Geographic interest Website
Global Environment Facility DC GEF NGO/INGO The GEF funds are available to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to meet the objectives of the international environmental conventions and agreements. The GEF administers several trust funds to help tackle pressing environmental problems. Focus areas include:
- Biodiversity
- Chemicals and waste
- Climate change
- International waters
- Land degradation
- Sustainable cities
No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Global Green Grants Fund Foundation Global Green Grants Fund, mobilizes resources and supports communities worldwide to protect their ways of life and the planet. No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Global Water Partnership GWP Multilateral The Global Water Partnership is a network of organizations involved in water resources management. GWP mobilizes diverse actors to engage and take actions that solve water problems. No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Moore Foundation The Environmental Conservation Program, of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation focusses on protecting critical ecosystems, establishing models for collaboration that can be replicated and creating lasting change in how land, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems are managed. $50-100K Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Government of South Australia - Department of Environment Government Heritage grants; Native vegetation grants; Recreational fishing grants; Coast protection fund grants; Coastal participation grants; Parks boundary fencing No Information Oceania Website
Green Climate Fund GCF Foundation Our work aims to support paradigm shifts in both climate mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. GCF aims for a 50:50 balance between mitigation and adaptation investments over time. No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Greggs Foundation Foundation The Environmental Grant Fund of the Greggs Foundation, funds projects dedicated to improving the physical local environment throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Less than $10K Europe Website
Groupe Castel Company Founded in 1949 in Bordeaux by nine brothers and sisters, Castel is a company that has been devoting all its expertise and energy for more than sixty years to the promotion of French wine throughout the world and to the development of beer and soft drinks in Africa. No Information Website
Heineken Africa Foundation Foundation The HEINEKEN Africa Foundation works together with the HEINEKEN breweries in Sub-Saharan Africa and (N)GO’s to improve community access to water, sanitation and hygiene. Africa Website
Heineken International Company - Protecting water resources
- Reducing CO2 Emissions
- Sourcing sustainability
- Responsible Consumption
- Promoting Health and Safety
- Growing with Communities
No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Hewlett Foundation Hewlett Foundation The Environment Program of the Hewlett Foundation makes grants to protect people and places threatened by a warming planet. The Foundation is addressing climate change globally, expanding clean energy and conserving the landscapes and waterways of the North American West. No Information North America, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
HSBC Group HSBC Company The programme aims to provide and protect water sources, inform and educate communities in need, and enable people to prosper and drive economic development across the world.

- Low-carbon mission
- Environmental impact of supply chains
- Local community support (HSBC Water Programme)
- Environmental impact of our business and operations
$1M+ Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Inter-American Development Bank IADB NGO/INGO We work to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, we help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. Our aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. With a history dating back to 1959, today we are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance; and we conduct extensive research. We maintain a strong commitment to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and accountability.

The IDB prioritizes social inclusion and equality; productivity and innovation; and regional economic integration in its development work across Latin America and the Caribbean. In doing so, it addresses the cross-cutting issues of gender equality and diversity; climate change and environmental sustainability; and institutional capacity and the rule of law.
No Information Latin America and the Caribbean Website
International Climate Initiative IKI Government The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) finances climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. The IKI is a key element of Germany's climate financing and funds projects in the following areas;
- Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
- Adapting to the impacts of climate change
- Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
- Conserving biological diversity
$100K-1M Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
International Ecotourism Society TIES NGO/INGO The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecotourism. Founded in 1990, TIES has been on the forefront of the development of ecotourism, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, and educational resources. TIES global network of ecotourism professionals and travelers is leading efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development. No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
International Federation of Fly Fishers FFI NGO/INGO Fly Fishers International (FFI) is an organized voice for fly fishers around the world. Conservation is one of the founding principles of FFI to protect fisheries for the future. A Conservation Small Grants Programme started in 2011, supports the conservation efforts of local communities. Less than $10K Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) IFAD NGO/INGO IFAD grants, support agricultural research, innovation, institutional change and pro-poor technologies. Grant recipients include research organizations, centres of excellence involved in rural poverty reduction, NGOs, governments, private sector and civil society organizations. IFAD extends two types of grants, depending on the nature of the innovation and the scope of intervention: global or regional and country-specific.
No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA JICA conducts various forms of cooperation in accordance with the development stage of each developing country or region. Within that assistance, JICA gives priority to preventive measures and emphasizes the establishment of environmental management system through a capacity development approach. JICA puts emphasis on enhancing the capacity of organizations and individuals for better environmental management. Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacFound Foundation Conservation & Sustainable Development: Grantmaking supported preserving ecosystems and species, and promoting development that respects the environment No Information Africa, Asia, North America Website
Legacy Landscape Fund LLF Foundation Our mission is to safeguard outstanding biodiversity by promoting nature conservation and the preservation of ecosystem services in globally significant conservation areas, while working with local communities and respecting their rights and needs. In collaboration with a wide range of partners and funders, and acknowledging international best practices, the LLF provides long-term financial support to the management costs of globally significant legacy landscapes. No Information Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Livelihoods Funds Company The Livelihoods Investment Funds established by private companies, create social, environmental and economic value to improve the livelihoods of rural communities through a variety of projects developed in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Livelihoods Carbon Funds (LCF) created in 2017, finances large-scale mangrove restoration, agroforestry and rural energy projects. LCF2 provides upfront financing to project developers for large-scale project implementation and maintenance over periods of 10 to 20 years. The investors receive result-based payments for the risks they bear in the form of carbon credits.
$1M+ Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Mangroves for the Future MFF NGO/INGO Mangroves for the Future (MFF) promotes investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. MFF offers small, medium and large size grants to initiatives that address long-term sustainable coastal ecosystem management in its member countries. Focus areas include;
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation,
- Disaster risk reduction
- Promotion of ecosystem health
- Development of sustainable livelihoods
- Active engagement of the private sector in developing sustainable business practices.
$100K-1M Asia Website
Molson Coors Company Molson Coors is a beer brewing company. Signatory of the UN Global Compact the Company through partnerships promotes water stewardship, protects and restores watersheds in areas where Coors breweries are located. No Information Website
National Geographic Company The National Geographic offers exploration grants for projects focused on conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Less than $10K Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website
Nestle Company Interested in watershed protection and conservation projects that will create shared value for Nestle and the community. Also interested in projects that result in more sustainable water use in agricultural supply chains. $100K-1M Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean Website