Applications are now open for the Fondation Franklinia’s Grant to preserve threatened tree species throughout the world, avoid their extinction and improve their conservation status.
The foundation has been supporting primarily concrete on-the-ground conservation projects but also the establishment and maintenance of botanical collections, taxonomic studies, production of floras, compilation of lists of threatened species, reintroduction programmes as well as ex-situ conservation actions undertaken by botanical gardens.
Species: Threatened tree species must be the main target species of the projects but projects proposing a positive impact on other threatened species and associated habitats will be favoured (collateral benefits). The Foundation will favour projects of global relevance (globally threatened species) versus projects protecting species locally or regionally threatened.
Duration: Projects must implement concrete on-the-ground conservation actions. Projects can span over a period of up to 3 years.
The necessary information must be provided to answer the following questions:
- Does the project leader have the necessary experience and knowledge?
- Does the project take into account experience gained at the proposed site or in another region?
- Do the target species need to be replanted or is there sufficient natural regeneration?
- Does the project reduce the most significant threats to the target species?
- Is the project likely to negatively impact other species?
- Is there sufficient genetic diversity of nursery-reared seedlings?
- What is the expected survival rate of the plantations?
- Is the environmental impact of the project reasonable (team and infrastructure near the site)?
- What is the long term vision: 10 – 30 years (once new trees have reached maturity)?
- The Foundation can fund projects implemented all over the world but will favour areas with high biological diversity as well as areas where needs are important and funding opportunities are limited.
- When there are several projects in the same geographical area, the Foundation wishes to see concrete collaboration between the different organisations active in the field, especially those it already supports.
- Any organisation with well-established expertise and efficiency in plant conservation can apply.
For more information, visit https://fondationfranklinia.org/en/call-for-proposals-open/