How to apply for a grant from Save the Rhino

Some FAQs

How much funding do we award each year?

In the financial year 2014-15, SRI awarded approximately £850,000 (including USFWS funding) to rhino conservation programmes in Africa and Asian programmes. These grants are split between approx. 17 field programmes in: Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa, and India and Indonesia.

Recent funding history

In terms of preferences for the type of activities funded, approximately 66% of these funds are allocated to anti-poaching and monitoring, 9% to community conservation and environmental education programmes in key rhino areas, 14% on behaviour change campaigns in Vietname to reduce the demand for rhino horn; and the remaining 11% went on capacity building and veterinary care / captive breeding (Sumatran rhinos only). Most of the grants are for core, ongoing costs: salaries of rhino monitors or game scouts; vehicle running costs; field and communications equipment etc. Very occasionally we fund one-off things like new vehicles or buildings or PPL training.

About 81% of our funding went to African rhino programmes; 4% to Sumatran and Javan rhino programmes; and the remaining 15% towards Greater one-horned rhinos or non-species specific work.

Any restrictions or existing conditions on funding?

We don't fund programmes involving privately owned rhinos; only those that have state- or community-owned rhinos. We don't fund research proposals unless it is linked to one of the field programmes we support and they agree that the research is a priority need. We are highly unlikely to fund any programme that works solely with Southern white rhinos (though we do fund programmes that have both black and SWRs) and we have not put any money into Northern white rhinos since our last grant to Garamba in 2004. Only two of the 17 rhino programmes we fund have fewer than 20 animals.

UK charity laws means that we can only make commitments with the money we already have in the bank, and as we hold reserves sufficient only for two months, we cannot afford to make two- or three-year commitments. However, if we have funded a field programme once, it is likely that we will fund again, unless some aspect of the work is unsatisfactory for some reason.

How can I apply for funding?

Field programmes can apply to SRI for funds, but in reality, unless you are already one of the programmes we support, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to add any new ones. Before you apply to us for funds, therefore, we strongly recommend that you email cathy@savetherhino.org with a short explanation (1 page maximum) so that she can indicate whether it is worth developing a full proposal.

If you decide to go ahead and try applying anyway, we have a standard grant application form, which you can download from our website here.

You can apply at any time of year, and they will be considered at our Trustees’ meetings, normally held in March, June, September and December.

Applications should be sent to cathy@savetherhino.org; Cathy will have an initial read through and come back to you with any immediate questions, and then table them for the Trustees. Cathy gives the Trustees her own recommendations, having considered each proposal against a range of weighted criteria, and she may also consult other funders (perhaps of the same programme) to discuss particular aspects of an application. The Trustees may decide to fund, ask more questions before making a decision, or reject. Cathy informs all applicants of their decision within a week of the Trustees’ meeting.