Conservation Fund Awards

Applying for a Conservation Fund Award

The OBC Conservation Fund invites applications for grants for conservation work and conservation awareness projects.

OBC Conservation Committee will consider all proposals for these awards that aim to promote bird conservation in the Oriental Bird Club region. Preference will be given to proposals addressing these priority objectives:

  • Projects benefiting Globally Threatened bird species
  • Projects benefiting threatened habitats that are important for bird conservation
  • Projects undertaken by Asian residents

Applicants should refer to these OBC Conservation Fund Priorities.

Small Conservation Awards
Small awards of up to £1500 are offered for projects involving threatened bird species and their habitats or to raise conservation awareness. These projects should be completed within 12-18 months.

These awards may include student expeditions but such proposals should involve local counterparts and have an emphasis on training.

The closing date for applications is 31 March in each year and final decisions on funding will announced in July. We will consider funding some projects earlier if they have to take place at a specific time of year (such as the northern breeding season). A final report will be required for all projects within 6 months of completion.

Applications for the small awards must be submitted using this application form

Special and Emergency Awards
These awards are offered for work that needs to start quickly and may be applied for at any time. Emergency awards are mainly intended to enable rapid responses to conservation emergencies. Special awards can be used to conduct new work that follows on from a previous award or to provide flexible support in situations when the small awards are not suitable.

In the first instance, please submit a short summary of your proposed project by email (not more than 500 words). This should include details of the objectives, methods and contribution to conservation, plus an indication of the total budget and any matched funding. We aim to provide applicants with a quick decision on whether they should submit a full proposal.

Major Conservation Awards
Up to £2000 each year for 3-5 years for long-term projects.

Proposals for these awards should be developed in collaboration with OBC Conservation Committee and must involve Asia-based project leaders (individuals or institutions).

Please submit a short summary of your proposed project (not more than 500 words) by email. Include details of the objectives, outcomes, relevance, methods, collaborations or partnerships, sustainability and contribution to conservation, plus an indication of the total budget and any matched funding.

These summaries can be submitted at any time and will normally be reviewed within four weeks of receipt. The applicant will then be advised if they have successfully passed that stage and if they will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please email your completed proposal to Conservation Chairman, We no longer accept postal applications. Thank you.

Other sources of funding for bird conservation work can be found via the BirdGrants website, hosted by the British Ornithologists’ Union.