What is the AEWA Small Grants Fund?

The AEWA Small Grants Fund (SGF) is a source of financial support aimed at supporting and promoting the implementation of the Agreement in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. It has so far focused exclusively on the African region. Since its launch in 2010, the Fund has benefited both governmental and non-governmental organizations for conducting a wide range of waterbird conservation activities, for example, in the areas of species and habitat conservation, training and awareness-raising for different target groups, survey and monitoring of species and sites, and livelihood related activities.


Due to the present unavailability of funding, there is currently no call for proposals in the framework of the AEWA Small Grants Fund. Funding opportunities, when available, will be posted on the AEWA website.


Funded Projects


18 projects from 17 African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe) have so far been funded under the AEWA Small Grants Fund.

For more information on these SGF-funded projects please click on the links below:


Project Cycle  Funded Projects


  • Increased Capacity for Conservation of Rift Valley Lakes in Kenya

  • Capacity for Waterbird Monitoring Reinforced in Mauritania

  • Enhanced capacity and awareness for waterbird conservation in Nigeria

  • Conservation action for the Grey Crowned-crane and Wattled Crane in Zimbabwe


  • Successful Conclusion of Capacity Building Project in Côte d’Ivoire

  • Focus on the White-headed Duck in Morocco

  • AEWA SGF supports training on bird counting and monitoring in Togo


  • Capacity-building in Gabon to Conserve Migratory Waterbirds

  • AEWA Small Grants Fund Project Successfully Concluded in Guinea


  • Boost for Waterbird Conservation Project in Senegal from AEWA Small Grants Fund

  • Lesser Flamingo Conservation Project Successfully Completed in Uganda


  • Successful Completion of AEWA SGF Project in Ghana

  • SGF supports conservation of the Lesser Flamingo in Tanzania


  • A Boost to the Conservation of Waterbirds Breeding in the Red Sea Islands in Egypt

  • White-winged Flufftail Project in Ethiopia Completed with AEWA SGF Support

  • AEWA SGF Project Successfully Completed in The Gambia

  • Two SGF Projects Successfully Completed in Kenya and Madagascar


Support the AEWA Small Grants Fund!

The AEWA Small Grants Fund currently relies exclusively on voluntary financial contributions. If you wish to support the Fund, please contact the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat at aewa.secretariat@unep-aewa.org.


Other Funding Opportunities

In addition to the AEWA Small Grants Fund, the following funding opportunities exist with some instruments of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS):   

•    ACCOBAMS Supplementary Conservation Fund (SCF)
•    EUROBATS Projects Initiative (EPI)