About the Organization
International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) is a registered Canadian charity that since 2007 has carried out conservation work in Latin America, Africa and Asia. ICFC partners with local conservation organizations who conduct project activities in the field and who work with ICFC to develop project plans and budgets. Their work is science based. They also try to base it on a sound understanding of the human element, socioeconomic and political, from local communities to the national level.
ICFC looks for opportunities for achieving lasting conservation gains, with good value in relation to cost and risk. They specialize in direct conservation action, rather than research or sustainable development projects with a conservation component. Their projects are based on existing science. Science is vital for conservation and existing conservation organizations and academic scientists are doing useful research. In many cases, though, conservation action lags behind the science needed to undertake it. By “direct conservation action” they mean measures that reduce threats to species or ecosystems.
ICFC does not make grants to other parties, although they do partner with and support experienced local NGOs who carry out program activities in the field.
Although most of their funds each year go toward ensuring the success of their existing work, they occasionally take on new projects. They recommend that unsolicited proposals be in the form of an enquiry or concept note unless you already have a proposal prepared.
Conservation projects or actions must:
- have biodiversity conservation at a primary goal;
- provide lasting conservation gains that are ecologically sustainable;
- represent good value in relation to cost and risk;
- take human interests into consideration, especially those of local communities, and involve local communities and others as appropriate;
- not have scientific or other research as a primary purpose;
- not be sustainable development projects with conservation as a secondary component.
Conservation projects or actions may:
- involve terrestrial, wetland, freshwater or marine habitats;
- include an educational component if that is expected to yield conservation benefits;
- involve purchase of land as a nature reserve, provided that legal protections in place and provided there is connectivity over a large enough area to provide for ecological sustainability;
- entail providing long-term finance through a conservation trust fund;
- involve urgent funding or bridge financing needs.
To evaluate conservation opportunities, they like to have the following information:
- the conservation objective(s), expected outcomes and background information
- an outline of a work plan, with the timeframe and location (coordinates are helpful). The work plan should describe actions to be taken in concrete terms. Instead of using phrases like “capacity building” and “educational outreach”, please state the specific actions to be taken in plain language.
- a budget or estimated cost (including contributions from other funders, if any)
- info on the context (Is this project part of a greater effort? How does it fit in with related past, present and future work?)
- proposed project personnel, as known
You may send your enquiry to projects@ICFCanada.org.
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