Quick Response Biodiversity Fund (QRBF)

What is the QRBF?

The Quick Response Biodiversity Fund is a rapid response mechanism that provides funding to help protect the world’s most important sites. We match scientific expertise, funds, and urgent needs with a speed unparalleled in the funding community. Our goal is to ensure that any globally significant land deal – one that protects one of the last homes for rare and endangered species – has access to the necessary funds.  While the funds that go to any one project are rarely large enough to complete a transaction, we seek to provide a funding amount that can secure the property, show commitment and investment so that the conservation buyer has the ability to make a down payment, and hold the property while remaining funds are raised.

Who makes funding decisions, and how?

Funding decisions are at the discretion of the managing directors, but are strongly informed by peer-reviews that we solicit from global biodiversity and conservation experts who are knowledgeable about the project site.

How can I donate?

Donations made to the QRBF are tax deductible.  Donated funds are used for urgent, high-priority species projection projects. Checks can be made out to RESOLVE, noting “Quick Response Biodiversity Fund” in the memo and mailed along with this form to RESOLVE at 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 275, Washington DC 20037, Attn: Sanjiv Fernando.  For questions about donating, please contact Carly Vynne at or Eric Dinerstein at

How to apply for funding?

Nonprofit conservation organizations that require immediate funding for critical habitat acquisition projects are welcome to apply and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Please note that 100% of the funding must go towards the land conservation purchase or easement (we do not fund general management or overhead) and projects must be completed within 6 months of contracting.  We strive to make funding decisions within 2-3 weeks of application.  Please e-mail for more information or an application.

Where do the funds go?

Grants are typically awarded to local conservation organizations that have demonstrated an ability to successfully negotiate land deals and manage properties.  These organizations then use the funds to pay willing sellers and acquire the property. To date, we have funded projects in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the United States, and South Africa.

QRBF Partners

The Fund is co-managed by the Weeden Foundation and RESOLVE, and has received generous financial contributions from the Weeden Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, 1% for the Planet, and anonymous donors.

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