Fondation Segré


Organizational profile:
Fondation Segré is a nonprofit organization based in Switzerland. The Foundation is committed to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the active conservation of threatened species and their habitat and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Fondation Segré will pursue its mission through the following strategic priorities:

  • Favour the long-term viability of wild populations and control factors affecting their decline.
  • Support all efforts to maintain, restore and protect critical habitats and functional ecosystems.
  • Support captive breeding of endangered species and their reintroduction into the wild.
  • Foster the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, notably forests, water, rangelands.
  • Improve the efficacy and implementation of national and international legislation on biodiversity conservation, taking into account stakeholders.
  • Support educational activities, in particular specialized training of technical staff.
  • Cooperate with the relevant regulatory and enforcement institutions to prevent and mitigate the impact of illegal hunting and trading of wildlife.

The Foundation either directly undertakes conservation projects or alternatively offers financial support to partner organizations. In the latter case, projects are developed jointly with the partner to set the terms and conditions and the time horizon, which can extend over several years. For example, the Foundation has been partnering with Wildlife Alliance to protect the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape in Cambodia.


Financing Instrument: Grants


Project scale:
The grant size for individual projects is not available. However, the Foundation allocated in excess of EUR 7.5 million to 35 projects and initiatives in 2020. And, the commitments of Fondation Segré for grants to be disbursed in the following years amounted to EUR 7,932,621 for the year-ended 31 December 2020.


Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global


Recipient categories: NGOs


Eligibility Criteria:
Fondation Segré does not fund PhD or research projects.


Application guidelines:
1.    Preliminary concept
The first step is to submit a preliminary concept of no more than 2’000 words, which includes objectives, activities, a rough budget and a timeframe. The Foundation will review it for consistency with the Foundation's priorities and criteria with support, if necessary, from independent experts.
2.    Full proposal
If the concept is approved by the Foundation, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal using the Foundation’s templates for the project description, the budget and the logical framework. The full proposal will be sent for review to at least two independent experts chosen by the Foundation. On the basis of the external and internal reviews, the Foundation may reject the proposal or request clarification, changes and revisions until agreement on a final version is reached.
3.    Formal approval and contract
The proposal will then be sent to the Foundation Board for formal approval. If the Board formally approves the project, the terms of the Foundation’s contribution will be defined in a contract spelling out the timing of the project, disbursement dates and prerequisites, as well as reporting obligations. The entire process should normally take no more than two months.
4.    Additional guidance
Awareness-raising, education, alternative livelihood and research activities will only be accepted if part of a broader conservation project. Individuals may apply but those who are supported by an organization will be preferred.
Fondation Segré is not currently accepting unsolicited concept notes or proposals until further notice. Please contact for more information.

Publication Date
Thursday, 31 March 2022
Applicable location
Forest conservation and management
Forest landscape restoration
Biodiversity conservation
Financing opportunities