Fondation Franklinia is a private foundation established in 2005 under Swiss law. It provides grants to support nature conservation projects. Its objective is to preserve threatened tree species throughout the world and improve their conservation status.


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 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. The Foundation define trees as plant species presenting a single trunk at least 2 meter high. Threatened tree species will be the main key performance indicators of the projects. 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.

Project Types

Projects must implement concrete on-the-ground conservation actions. Projects can span over a period of up to 3 years.

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.

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. Management costs (overheads) must represent less than 10% of the budget.



  • Any organisation with well-established expertise and efficiency in plant conservation can apply.
  • Selected projects will meet the main following criteria:
    • the project is scientifically sound and justified
    • the project is feasible
    • results are reachable
    • costs are reasonable
    • the proponent and his organisation are competent
    • the project is a priority
    • essential partners are involved
    • impact is measurable and sustainable.


How to Apply

For online application and more information, please visit the link below:

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