The Parties to the Convention established the Small Grants Fund (SGF) in 1990 to help developing countries support the conservation and wise use of wetland resources, and the sustainable development of communities which depend on them and care for them. Since then, the Fund has provided over eight million Swiss Francs to over 240 projects from 110 countries.
The Ramsar Small Grants Fund relies entirely upon voluntary contributions from governments and individuals. Support for projects is accepted year-round. Donors can support projects in whole, if they wish to pick a country project, or give any amount of money to the SGF Fund in general. This amount will be attributed to the best project.