Global Botanic Garden Fund

The Global Botanic Garden Fund is a new fund aimed at driving plant conservation in botanic gardens. Grants through the fund are only available to BGCI members.

The Global Botanic Garden Fund aims to drive plant conservation, especially in smaller gardens. The fund will initially disburse 15-20 small grants totaling USD 20-25,000 per year. Grants will be framed within the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, and will support plant conservation practices, plant conservation policy and education, infrastructure development, training for plant conservation, international partnerships, and mentoring botanic gardens in efforts to achieve success through BGCI’s Botanic Garden Accreditation Scheme.

Global Botanic Garden Fund Grants

The Global Botanic Garden Fund will aim to disburse 15-20 grants per year. Each grant will be a minimum of USD 1,000 and maximum of USD 2,500.

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 that are not members may apply, but a membership fee will be taken from the grant if successful.

Scope of Supported Activities by the Global Botanic Garden Fund

The Global Botanic Garden Fund will support 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.

Restricted Grants

The Global Botanic Garden Fund will also distribute restricted 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 arboreta community. Grant applications through 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 the BGCI 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. There are four grants of $1000 available in 2019.

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

Applying and Reporting

Applicants will be required to provide information on the proposed activity including; rationale, projected outcomes, proposed project timeline and budget. BGCI will issue a call for applications once annually, generally in June, to ensure a consistent review and reporting process.

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

Successful applicants to the Global Botanic Garden Fund will be required to complete activities within one year of receiving the grant and must complete a final report document provided by BGCI.

Donors to the Global Botanic Garden Fund

Donor Amount Provided
Botanic Gardens Conservation International £10,000
The Morton Arboretum $13,000
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum $4,000