For Prospective Partners

ICFC does not make grants to other parties, although we do partner with and support experienced local NGOs who carry out program activities in the field.

Although most of our funds each year go toward ensuring the success of our existing work, we occasionally take on new projects. We recommend that unsolicited proposals be in the form of an enquiry or concept note unless you already have a proposal prepared. Please review our selection criteria below and the information we need (box to the right).

ICFC looks for opportunities for achieving lasting conservation gains, with good value in relation to cost and risk.  We specialize in direct conservation action, rather than research or sustainable development projects with a conservation component. Our projects are based on existing science. Science is vital for conservation and existing conservation organizations and academic scientists are doing useful research. In many cases, though, conservation action lags behind the science needed to undertake it.  By "direct conservation action" we mean measures that reduce threats to species or ecosystems.

Thanks for your interest in working with us!  You may send your enquiry to projects@ICFCanada.org.

Our Project Selection Criteria

Conservation projects or actions must:

  1. have biodiversity conservation at a primary goal;
  2. provide lasting conservation gains that are ecologically sustainable;
  3. represent good value in relation to cost and risk;
  4. take human interests into consideration, especially those of local communities, and involve local communities and others as appropriate;
  5. not have scientific or other research as a primary purpose;
  6. not be sustainable development projects with conservation as a secondary component.

Conservation projects or actions may:

  1. involve terrestrial, wetland, freshwater or marine habitats;
  2. include an educational component if that is expected to yield conservation benefits;
  3. involve purchase of land as a nature reserve, provided that legal protections in place and provided there is connectivity over a large enough area to provide for ecological sustainability;
  4. entail providing long-term finance through a conservation trust fund;
  5. involve urgent funding or bridge financing needs.

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

  • the conservation objective(s), expected outcomes and background information
  • an outline of a work plan, with the timeframe and location (coordinates are helpful).  The work plan should describe actions to be taken in concrete terms. Instead of using phrases like "capacity building" and "educational outreach", please state the specific actions to be taken in plain language.
  • a budget or estimated cost (including contributions from other funders, if any)
  • info on the context (Is this project part of a greater effort? How does it fit in with related past, present and future work?)
  • proposed project personnel, as known

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