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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Biodiversity Grants

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has announced that it has changed the funding criteria for its Biodiversity funding scheme. The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest grant making Trusts. It makes grants of approximately £25 million per year and funds projects in the areas of:
• arts and culture
• education and learning
• the natural environment
• addressing social disadvantage.
Under the Biodiversity strand a total of £3 million will be available in grants until December 2010. Grants will be available for projects that develop a greater knowledge and understanding of certain habitats and their associated species. The Foundation will consider applications from research organisations, practical conservation charities and voluntary nature societies. Although there is no specified minimum or maximum grant amount per projects previous grants have ranged from £17,000 to £195,000.
Projects funded in the past include:
• Buglife – £175,115 towards the cost over three years of conservation of the new UK Priority Habitat
• Queen Mary University of London – £78,515 towards research work over two years that will highlight the significance of wet fens as reservoirs of biodiversity
• University of East Anglia – £125,000 towards the costs over two years of research and laboratory staff costs to define ecological niches of important saltmarsh plants
• North of England Zoological Society – £17,254 towards the cost of training for new regional volunteer wildlife recorders.
Applications can be submitted at any time.