For Prospective Partners

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.  Occasionally we have engaged in a joint project with an organization based in the US or UK/Europe; in those cases (and in the case of an organization in Canada) 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), expected outcomes 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
  • 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, as 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 phrases like "capacity building" and "educational outreach", please describe the specific actions to be taken in plain language.

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 us at

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 and expected outcomes clearly described?
  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 risk?
  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?

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