IABES Conservation and Research Grants Available for Butterfly Conservation Projects

Grants are available in the field of worldwide butterfly conservation and related research.

Founded in 2001, the mission of the International Association of Butterfly Exhibitors and Suppliers (IABES) is to protect wild butterflies and their habitats by promoting sustainability in butterfly exhibition and supply through conservation, research and public education.

IABES dedicates a portion of its annual membership subscriptions and operating budget to its Conservation and Research Grants scheme for butterfly conservation projects and related research. Funded activity must promote the mission of IABES. Support can be provided to projects such as:

  • Conservation projects contributing directly to the protection of wild butterflies and their habitats, with a focus on countries, regions and local communities involved in butterfly farming.
  • Research and educational activities, including field research projects, publications, or participation in congresses or symposia.

Any individual or organisation carrying out research according to the IABES mission are eligible for funding. There are no location restrictions. IABES membership is not a requirement for application, though endorsement by one or more IABES members is strongly encouraged. Priority is given to regions that are actively involved in butterfly farming, with the presence of IABES members.

Typical grants range from $500 to $1,000 per cycle. Funding may be requested for a range of expenses relating to the conservation and research activities and objectives.

The application deadline is 1 April each year.