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Recovery of Species on the Brink of Extinction

Millions of monarch butterflies spend the winter at Sierra Chincua. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. 

Logging threatens this spectacle -- already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared. Although some 56,000 hectares has been set aside, and even though this is a world heritage site, the logging continues. A second threat comes from the lack of habitat in the U.S. when the animals move northward. Without plenty of milkweed plants, they can't continue their life cycle.

Photograph by Joel Sartore

The mandate of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is to “stimulate, promote and support conservation actions for halting biodiversity decline, preventing species’ extinctions, and restoring and conserving intact habitats and ecosystems, both on the ground and in the water”. In partnership with the IUCN SSC and Fondation Segré, the goal of this request for funding is to halt further biodiversity decline by implementing conservation plans for species and groups of species. We will support priorities of IUCN SSC Species Conservation Plans as well as conservation actions that are endorsed by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group. Currently, we are not supporting biodiversity assessments or conservation planning activities.

We require that all applications include a letter of endorsement signed by Chair, Regional or Thematic Leader of the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group. This endorsement letter should indicate that the proposal either:

  1. Explicitly address priorities defined in a published IUCN SSC action plan, which you can find here and here
  1. Addresses a conservation action identified as a priority even though no plan for the particular species or group of species has yet been published
    Please note that applications without a completed and signed endorsement letter will not be considered.

Please note: We have postponed the original deadline for this opportunity in response to global disruptions from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). October 21, 2020, is the next deadline to submit a proposal for this funding opportunity.


Proposals that focus on the following themes are encouraged:

  • Specific and defensible priority actions to avert decline of a species or group of species;
  • Projects that include the active involvement of early career conservationists;
  • Projects that support conservation leaders from the countries where the species or group of species occur

Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding budgetary guidance. Preference will be given to proposals that include feasible plans to demonstrate change in key, quantifiable indicators of: for example, reduction in drivers of population decline (e.g. unsustainable hunting, fishing or logging); or increase in numbers, degree of protection, or connectivity of populations of the target species or group of species. For any questions, please write to

When applying for this RFP, please select Wildlife in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application. 

For More Information

For more information about this RFP, please review our Frequently Asked Questions document and join us for an informational webinar, during which we will answer your questions about this funding opportunity. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Please fill out this form for webinar registration.

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Sample Applications

Click below to view and download a sample application for each primary project focus supported by the Recovery of Species on the Brink of Extinction RFP. 

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