To prospective project partners

Checklist for project eligibility

Please review the questions below before approaching ICFC. If the answer to all of these questions is "yes" we would be happy to hear from you.
  1. Does the project meet ICFC's selection criteria?
  2. Are there clear and achievable objectives?
  3. Are the project's activities, measurable outcomes and deliverables clearly linked and documented?
  4. Does the proposal explain how the project affects and involves local communities, government agencies and other stakeholders?
  5. If the project has associated commercial activities, are pro forma financials included?
  6. Does the proposal consider potential risks and actions to minimize risks?
  7. Does the project have an exit strategy or a long-term sustainability strategy?
  8. Do you understand that ICFC has the responsibility to be involved in planning the project, in overseeing it, and in long-term followup?
Note: ICFC is fully committed in terms of funding projects for 2015. We will accept proposals for 2016 and beyond.

ICFC does not make grants or donations to other parties.

We do, however, work with experienced partners — usually and preferably local NGOs — who carry out program activities in the field. Where no local partner is available for a project we deem worthwhile, we may engage in a joint project with an organization based in the US or UK/Europe; in those cases, neither organization covers any management/admin/overhead costs of the other organization.

We welcome project proposals, either at the idea stage or as developed proposals. But please review our eligibility checklist to the right and the points below.

To evaluate conservation opportunities, we like to have the following information:

  • the conservation objective(s) and background information;
  • an outline of a work plan, with the time frame;
  • a budget or estimated costs, including, if there is more than one funder, separate columns for each funder/proposed funder;
  • information on the context (Is this project part of a greater effort? How does it fit in with related past, present and future work?);
  • complete information on the status of any other funding (and updates if anything changes);
  • info on proposed project personnel, if known.

The work plan should describe actions to be taken in concrete terms rather than in terms of what is to be accomplished. So, instead of using vague phrases like "capacity building" and "educational outreach", please describe the specific actions to be taken in plain language.

If sending a written proposal, 10-point font size appreciated (saves paper).

Thanks for your interest in working with us. We are very impressed with what local NGOs are able to accomplish for conservation in a cost effective manner.

Please send your enquiry to Ariadne Angulo at and copy to: (Anne) and (Tom).

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