Deadline: 31 December 2020
Open to: applicants over the age of 18
Benefits: grants up to US$10,000


Building on our commitment to sustainable development, we are pleased to offer annual grants to individuals or organisations that align with the Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF) global framework within a local context to support measureable impact and progress towards larger regional or global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals to help people and the planet.

Projects eligible for funding should be innovative, impactful, and aligned with one or more of our six focal areas:

  • Biodiversity & Conservation: improve understanding, conservation and management of species and habitats.
  • Resource Use & Waste Management: innovative projects that tackle cradle to grave lifecycle of resources that benefit community, business and the environment.
  • Climate change & Resilience: elucidate global change and develop resilience in natural and human systems.
  • Education & Empowerment: development of education infrastructure, capacity and delivery to students of any age, with particular focus on disadvantaged members of society.
  • Health & Protection: focus on health and wellbeing in local communities.
  • Culture & Livelihood: development, protection, restoration and stewardship of culture and livelihoods.


Before applying, please ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • I am over the age of 18
  • I do not have an active grant with BTGF
  • My application will be written in English
  • My project has local collaborators (if I am not from that location)
  • My project will start within 6 months from the application submission deadline, and completed within twelve months of fund issuance.
  • My project has additional approved funding if the grant does not cover all planned costs


Budget Guidance

  • Grants may request up to US$10,000 (including GST) but applications for amounts lower are welcomed.
  • Funding is provided for project expenses for a maximum one year period.

Budget Allowances

  • Reasonable costs of travel, freight, consumables and incidentals required to deliver the project.
  • Travel: provide source for pricing, identify individuals who need to fly by name and project role.
  • Equipment and supplies: explain how equipment is integral to the project and not available through other sources of funding. Non-expendable equipment requests of more than $1,000 should be included and specifically identified.
  • Lodging and food: suitable, moderately priced housing in the respective country. Food should cover the cost of up to three, adequate, moderately priced meals per day; costs to include visiting team and local collaborators.
  • Salaries are not provided: stipends may be required to complete proposed work for non-salaried individuals. Team members with full-time employment contracts are not eligible including those on 9-month contracts. Team members include applicant, collaborators, local collaborator(s), assistants and/or consultants. Any stipend request must be justified in detail, and must not exceed 20% of the budget.
  • We do not assist with visa applications.


For more details, please visit the official website.