We are currently accepting project proposals. Detailed instructions are gathered in the document “Instructions for applicants” prepared for this call for proposals and that can be found on this page. This document lists eligibility criteria and describes the submission process.

Project proposals must focus on in-situ conservation of globally threatened trees and must be submitted using three template forms (project proposal, budget and logical framework) that can be downloaded from this page. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.


Proposals can be submitted in French or English. Forms and instructions are available in both languages. For sending proposals please use the form below.


French /English



Project proposal (French / English)
Logical framework (Français / English)
Budget (French / Anglais)


The deadline for submission is midnight CET on November 25th, 2020.

Projects will be reviewed first by the Secretariat of the Foundation and then by its Expert Committee who will provide recommendations to the Board by the end of March 2021. The Board will take a final decision in April 2021. The projects will therefore not be able to start before May or June 2021.

Eligibility criteria

For each call for proposals, the following eligibility criteria must be respected:

Any organisation with well-established expertise and efficiency in plant conservation can apply.

Only projects aiming at improving the conservation status of globally threatened tree species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened species are eligible. Threatened species include those listed as Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN) or Critically Endangered (CR). Therefore, applicants must check the status of their target species at to ensure that their project is eligible. If a species is considered as threatened but the assessment is not yet published on the Red List website, detailed additional information justifying a VU, EN or CR status must be provided. Priority will be given to projects targeting CR and EN species. Projects targeting VU species will be accepted when immediate investments will be necessary to stop a rapid decline.
We define trees as plant species presenting a single trunk at least 2 meter high.
Threatened tree species must be the main target species of the projects but projects proposing a positive impact on other threatened species and associated habitats will be favoured (collateral benefits). The Foundation will favour projects of global relevance (globally threatened species) versus projects protecting species locally or regionally threatened.
In case the status of the species on the IUCN Red List is outdated or needs to be updated, the target species should be reassessed in collaboration with the team at Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) in charge of the Global Tree Assessment.

Geographic areas
The Foundation can fund projects implemented all over the world but will favour areas with high biological diversity as well as areas where needs are important and funding opportunities are limited.
When there are several projects in the same geographical area, the Foundation wishes to see concrete collaboration between the different organisations active in the field, especially those it already supports (see our current projects).
Project types

Projects must implement concrete on-the-ground conservation actions. Projects can span over a period of up to 3 years.
The necessary information must be provided to answer the following questions:

  • Does the project leader have the necessary experience and knowledge?
  • Does the project take into account experience gained at the proposed site or in another region?
  • Do the target species need to be replanted or is there sufficient natural regeneration?
  • Does the project reduce the most significant threats to the target species?
  • Is the project likely to negatively impact other species?
  • Is there sufficient genetic diversity of nursery-reared seedlings?
  • What is the expected survival rate of the plantations?
  • Is the environmental impact of the project reasonable (team and infrastructure near the site…)?
  • What is the long term vision: 10 – 30 years (once new trees have reached maturity)?
The Foundation favours conservation projects with reasonable budget in relation to proposed activities. Costs/benefits ratio will be an important criterion during project selection. Funding for the organisation’s general costs will be limited and funding preferably spent where field activities are implemented. Long distance travels should be limited and only take place when local expertise is not available. Management costs (overheads) must represent less than 10% of the budget.
The budget must be submitted in US or Canadian dollars, euros, pounds sterling or Swiss francs.
A minimum of 20 to 50% of co-funding will be required. The percentage will depend on project size and regions ; a diversified funding basis ensures a better sustainability. Co-funding will therefore be an important criterion but it is important to document the specific impact of the contribution of the Foundation.
Projects must include specific indicators (KPIs) measurable and verifiable allowing to assess their implementation and impact on the ground. The foundation developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework which allows tracking its impact at global level (document available in annex); each project should include specific indicators (with target values) aligned with the foundation’s global indicators and indicate the long term vision (10-30 years; once new trees have reached maturity).
At least one indicator must relate to a direct action on species. Representatives of the Foundation may travel to project sites in order to evaluate project implementation and impact.
Coordination with existing projects and other donors

The Foundation would like to ensure that funded projects are implemented in good coordination with activities funded by others and implemented in the same area. To that effect, the Foundation will maintain direct links with other donors ; proposals must indicate sources of co-funding (donors and amounts). Results of past activities must be mentioned in the proposal. In addition, the foundation’s website should be consulted by project leaders in order to identify possible synergies with existing projects targeting similar species, countries or ecosystem types. A clear articulation with ongoing efforts supported by the Foundation is requested.


Beneficiaries must ensure that they have all legal authorisations to work in the proposed project area. Projects including a partnership with local or national organisations will be favoured.
A link to the relevant IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Groups is desired (see list at the Plants & Fungi SSC group web page).

Useful resources

The conservation of endangered trees requires specific skills and techniques to which it is desirable to refer. The Foundation strongly recommends using available sources of information and practical advice such as those found in many languages on the websites of the Global Trees Campaign, the Society for Ecological Restoration or  IUCN (Guidelines for Species Conservation Planningthe Red List processGuidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands) .
These resources should help you address key issues for your project, for example, how to collect seeds, how to store them and prepare them for germination, how to design and manage a nursery, how to reintroduce threatened trees into the wild, how to develop a monitoring plan for threatened tree species, etc…