The Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) was established in 1990 as a mechanism to assist developing countries and those with economies in transition in implementing the Convention and to support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources. Funds may also be used to provide emergency management assistance for Ramsar Sites under threat and to provide ‘preparatory assistance’ to allow non-Contracting Parties to progress toward accession.
From 1991 to 2009 the Fund has provided a total of 7.7 million Swiss Francs to 234 projects from 108 countries, making available up to 40,000 Swiss francs (presently about € 30,000) per project. Projects may be proposed and implemented by any agency, NGO or individual, with the endorsement of the Ramsar authority in the country.
The deadline for applications for the next round is 30 June 2011.
Please note that the deadline for sending draft proposals to receive advice from the Secretariat's Regional Teams is 30 April 2011.
The SGF Guidelines and relevant forms can be downloaded in Word and PDF formats at www.ramsar.org/SGF
The Ramsar Secretariat