Latest News

Read the news from the Rufford Small Grants Foundation and supported projects. You can see the latest updates from projects here.


With immediate effect the funding available for first and second Rufford Small Grants will be up to £5000 and for Booster Grants it will be up to £10,000. Any application currently in our system will be reviewed under the old structure.


Following on from the RSG conferences over the last two years we are looking for previous grant recipients to hold more of these in their own country.

We are particularly looking at holding conferences in the following countries:

Southern Africa
South America

If you can arrange and host a two / three day forum for RSG recipients please contact

Reports from past meetings are available to read on this site.

Approval by the Government of Chile of the Largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in continental Chile

Finally!! The approval by the government of Chile of the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in continental Chile is a boost to conservation efforts for blue whales and dolphins:

Video about Tic Toc MPA

New Conferences for 2014/2015

There are new conferences for 2014/15!

If you would like more information or would like to attend please email the following contacts:

Myanmar - 8-10 April 2014 - Contact:

Whale Sanctuary in Uruguay Approved: Rodrigo Garcia Pingaro, OCC

The Uruguayan Parliament unanimously approved a protected whale sanctuary in Uruguay earlier this month.

Carol Ann Bassett was in the Uruguayan Parliament chambers with eight University of Oregon Study Abroad Journalism students when the vote was cast, and they documented with video Rodrigo, the vote, and this major triumph. She noted that The Rufford Foundation had a hand in this colossal effort.

Breaking news story:

Season 2 of National Geographic's UNESCO World Heritage Series

I am Lena Celeste Iryanti-Lewis, a development producer with Infocus Asia here in Singapore. We are currently producing Season 2 of National Geographic's UNESCO World Heritage Series:

The aim of each episode is to visit a Unesco World Heritage site, and over 60m tell it's story. We are exploring the UNESCO sites in Vietnam and the main arc of the episode is to feature conservation efforts for 2013-2014 within the UNESCO sites in Vietname, such as the Phong Nha-ke Bang National Park, Ha Long Bay, among others.

If you have a project or are thinking of having a project in this area, please contact me

The Arctic

Is anyone working in the Arctic or know someone who is? If so please contact


Following the success of the Rufford conferences in Nepal, Armenia, Bolivia/Peru & Cuba we are looking to repeat this in other countries.

Do you think that YOU are able to gather a minimum of 20 RSG recipients together, plan a 2 day conference where each presents their work and then chair a debate / discussion on the presentation?

If so, please contact the grants director for further information

TV Programme

The Rufford Foundation is looking for past recipients of a RSG to feature in a documentary. You must be charismatic and have a solid story about what you have achieved with your grant. Have you discovered a new species? Have you saved a species from extinction? Have you crossed political boundaries in order to achieve your project? We need the strongest stories with great successes. If you think this is you, please e-mail and in one paragraph tell me why you think this is you.

Rufford Foundation now on Facebook & Twitter

You will now find Rufford Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

To make discussions available to a wider audience, the RSGF forums have moved to our Facebook page.