BGCI Announces 2020 Global Botanic Garden Fund Recipients

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The Global Botanic Garden Fund aims to drive plant conservation, especially in smaller gardens by disbursing small grants every year. The Fund is open to BGCI Member Institutions only and preference is given to small botanic gardens in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots.

The aim of the Global Botanic Garden Fund is to support projects that work to achieve the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. In 2020, BGCI also supported efforts to increase sustainable activities within gardens, efforts to encourage sustainable behaviour by visitors, and support gardens impacted by covid-19.

The 2020 Global Botanic Garden Fund

In 2020, BGCI received 151 applications from more than 50 countries and 60 institutions. In 2020, BGCI’s Global Botanic Garden Fund will distribute 40 grants worth more than $82,000. 

Funding for the Global Botanic Garden Fund was made possible in 2020 by contributions from The Botanist Foundation, the Gibson Charitable Trust, crowd-sourced funding through the BigGive Christmas Challenge, and the BGCI/PlantSnap Covid-19 appeal.

In addition, BGCI administers named grant funding through support from the BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme, the BGCI/Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grants, and the BGCI/GGI-Gardens Awards Program. In 2020, BGCI launched the Anthony Hitchcock Species Recovery Fund in honour of the late Anthony Hitchcock, who committed his life to the conservation of endangered plants in southern Africa.

The BGCI/GGI-Award Program will award up to 15 awards of up to $4,500 each. The review process for these grants is underway.

2020 Grant Recipients

Organisation Country Funding
Jardin Botanico Horco Molle Argentina BGCI/Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grants
Jardín Botánico Gaspar Xuarez sj Argentina Global Botanic Garden Fund
JBPE-CCT CONICET-CENPAT Argentina Global Botanic Garden Fund
Jardín Botánico de Córdoba Argentina Global Botanic Garden Fund
Jardín Botánico Oro Verde Argentina Global Botanic Garden Fund
Institute of Botany after A. L. Takhtajyan NAS RA Armenia BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme
Jardim Botânico Araribá Brazil BGCI/Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grants
Innisfree Farm Canada Global Botanic Garden Fund
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences China The Anthony Hitchcock Species Recovery Fund
Jardín Botánico de Cartagena Colombia BGCI Sustainability Grants
Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia Greece Global Botanic Garden Fund
Bergamo Botanic Garden ‘Lorenzo Rota’ Italy BGCI Sustainability Grants
MUSE botanic gardens, Trento, Italy Italy BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme
Brackenhurst Botanic Garden & Forest Kenya BGCI Sustainability Grants
CBSM Madagascar The Anthony Hitchcock Species Recovery Fund
Puebla University Botanical Garden (JBU-BUAP) Mexico Covid-19 Support Grants
Jardín Etnobotánico Francisco Peláez R. Mexico Covid-19 Support Grants
Cadereyta Regional Botanic Garden Mexico Global Botanic Garden Fund
Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A.C. Mexico Global Botanic Garden Fund
National Botanical Garden of Namibia Namibia Global Botanic Garden Fund
DRcongo à la carte , DRCC foundation Netherlands Covid-19 Support Grants
Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton’s Bush Reserve New Zealand Global Botanic Garden Fund
Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University Palestine, State of Global Botanic Garden Fund
De La Salle Philippines Philippines BGCI Sustainability Grants
Botanical Garden-Institute of Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Science Russia Global Botanic Garden Fund
Botanical Garden of Biological Faculty of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia Global Botanic Garden Fund
Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden “Jevremovac” Serbia BGCI/Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grants
Hermanus Botanical Society South Africa BGCI Sustainability Grants
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) South Africa BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme
Royal Botanic Gardens, Department of National Botanic Gardens Sri Lanka Global Botanic Garden Fund
Natural History Museum Arusha Tanzania BGCI Sustainability Grants
Tooro Botanical Gardens Uganda BGCI Sustainability Grants, BGCI/Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grants
The Friends of Lakewold United States BGCI Sustainability Grants
San Francisco Botanical Garden United States Global Botanic Garden Fund
Montgomery Botanical Center United States Global Botanic Garden Fund
City of Columbia United States BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme
Forest Science Institute of Central Highlands and South of Central Vietnam (FSIH) Vietnam Global Botanic Garden Fund

Call for Support

BGCI was extremely impressed by the applications submitted to the Global Botanic Garden Fund. It is a testament to the quality of applications and the clear need for continued and additional support to the botanic garden community. Reviewers of this year’s Global Botanic Garden Fund identified an additional 66 projects that were worth funding.

BGCI will continue to look for additional funding for the Global Botanic Garden Fund, but it is clear that there is a demand for these grants and a need to support them in order to achieve global goals in plant conservation. BGCI thanks those already supporting the Global Botanic Garden Fund and are pleased to share the impact of their contributions.

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