Global Botanic Garden Fund

BGCI's Global Botanic Garden Fund aims to drive plant conservation in botanic gardens. Grants through the fund are only available to BGCI members.

BGCI’s Global Botanic Garden Fund aims to drive plant conservation, especially in smaller gardens. The Fund aims to disburse 15-20 grants per year. Each grant will be a minimum of USD 1,000 and maximum of USD 2,500.

About the Global Botanic Garden Fund

Eligibility for Global Botanic Garden Fund Grants

The Global Botanic Garden Fund is open to BGCI Member Institutions only. Preference will be given to small botanic gardens in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots. Botanic gardens may submit more than one application per grant cycle, but they must be for different projects. Botanic gardens that are not members may apply, but a membership fee must be paid prior to the application deadline.

Scope of Supported Activities by the Global Botanic Garden Fund

The Global Botanic Garden Fund supports projects that work to achieve the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, including the following activities:

  • Plant conservation practice, i.e. ex situ and in situ conservation of rare and threatened species;
  • Plant conservation policy and education;
  • Development of infrastructures;
  • Training to support plant conservation activities;
  • Development of international partnerships for the exchange of knowledge, skills and resources within the botanic garden community;
  • Sustainability practices; and
  • Efforts to achieve BGCI Accreditation.

Additional Supported Activities for 2020

  • Efforts to increase sustainability activities / actions within the garden;
  • Efforts to encourage sustainable behaviour by visitors; and
  • Support to cover the impact of COVID-19 by funding essential activities and needs, including plant care, staff time and consumables

Named Grants

The Global Botanic Garden Fund will also administer named grant funding:

The BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme

The BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme is an international partnership building initiative that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, skills and resources within the botanic garden and arboretum community. Grant applications requesting BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme funding must satisfy the following conditions :

  • Focus on tree conservation
  • Priority will be given to projects that target biodiversity hotspots and/or capacity building in developing countries
  • Involve an international partnership between two institutions
  • At least one of the two partners is an ArbNet accredited arboretum

Funding for the BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme is graciously provided by BGCI’s Patron Member, The Morton Arboretum. Grants applications requesting BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme funding will be reviewed by ArbNet staff along with BGCI staff.

BGCI-Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) Grants

The mission of the grant fund will be to support worldwide conservation through botanical gardens. The purpose of the MLA grants will be to aid botanical gardens or arboreta around the world that are having difficulty in carrying out their mission. The grants may be used for any part of the gardens’ work, operations, conservation, education or research.

As the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has graciously provided funding for these grants, applications will be reviewed by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

The Process

  • BGCI issues a call for applications once per year. Institutions are able to apply for as many grants as they wish, but each grant request must be submitted in individual applications.
  • Call for applications will be open for a period of 8-10 weeks and BGCI aims to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within 30-45 days of the closing date.
  • Successful grants under the Global Botanic Garden Fund will be required to sign a grant agreement supplied by BGCI (or ArbNet) within 30 days of receiving the agreement.
  • BGCI will supply the grant funding no later than the 31st of December of the calendar year stated on grant agreement.
  • The project must completed and the institution must submit a final report to BGCI by the 31st of December of the following calendar year.

The process may differ for those receiving BGCI/Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Grant

Applying and Reporting

The BGCI Global Botanic Garden Fund grant application will require the following information:

  • Contact information
  • Project title
  • Executive summary
  • Itemised budget (template can be downloaded here)
  • Aim and objective of the project
  • Relevance to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
  • Planned method for evaluating outcome of project
  • Information on additional or matching funding

Successful grants will be required to submit a final report upon completion of the project with the following information:

  • A short narrative report describing the outcome of the project using the method of evaluating described in the application.
  • Photos and videos where applicable.
  • An itemised budget vs actual (template to be provided)

Applications and Final Reports will be reviewed by BGCI staff and representatives of institutions that have contributed funds to the Global Botanic Garden Fund.

News on the Global Botanic Garden Fund

14 Botanic Gardens Awarded Grant to Preserve Global Plant Biodiversity

The GGI-Gardens Awards Program supports activities to preserve Earth’s genomic biodiversity of plants through sampling of living collections maintained at botanic gardens around the world.
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BGCI Announces 2020 Global Botanic Garden Fund Recipients

In 2020, BGCI’s Global Botanic Garden Fund distributed 40 grants worth more than $82,000. 
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BGCI and GGI-Gardens Launch Awards Program

The program aims to promote partnership activities to preserve and understand Earth’s genomic biodiversity of plants. Call for applications open from 22 September - 15 November 2020.
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Donors to the Global Botanic Garden Fund

Donor Amount Provided in 2019
Botanic Gardens Conservation International $12,500
The Morton Arboretum $13,000
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum $4,000