Rewilding Europe has received 3 million Swedish kronor from the Swedish Postcode Lottery for two years. With this money we can make a start with the breeding and reintroduction of European bison in a number of rewilding project areas, with setting up a Rewilding Europe Wildlife Bank and we will support a large outdoor exhibition in Stockholm in 2012.
The Swedish Postcode Lottery receives it revenues from selling lottery tickets and donates the surplus to charity. One million subscribers participate in the lottery which in five years has contributed 1,8 billion SEK to select charity organizations.
Adessium Foundation provided initial funding for Rewilding Europe through WWF-Netherlands in 2011. In the period of 2012-2013 the foundation supports us for enterprise development.
Adessium Foundation wants to contribute to a world in which people live in harmony with each other and with their environments. The Foundation is working to create a balanced society characterized by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature.
On 9 February 2011, The Dutch Postcode Lottery granted 3,1 million euros enabling Rewilding Europe enabling to start the initiative for a period of 3 years. This grant, which was received through our initiating partner ARK Nature, is mainly allocated to the support of the first five rewilding areas, with direct outputs in the field.
On 13 February 2013, Rewilding Europe became a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, enabling us to consolidate achievements so far and build the initiative in the years to come. The yearly contribution for Rewilding Europe to run the initiative is 500 000 euros for a period of 5 years.
Since 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds to support organizations working for a fairer, greener world. Fifty percent of its income goes to charity. The lottery is the Netherlands' biggest charity lottery and supports 85 nongovernmental organizations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed more than 3 billion euros to its beneficiaries.
ARK supports innovative nature projects all over Europe and considers landabandonment as one of the biggest challenges for nature development of our generation. Therefore ARK has granted 36 000 euros yearly to Rewilding Europe.
WWF Netherlands is, apart from one of the initiating parties in Rewilding Europe, also a financial contributor to our initiative. WWF Netherlands has granted 900 000 euros for the period 2011-2013.
Liberty Wildlife Fund, a private foundation in The Netherlands, is supporting Rewilding Europe for a period of three years. The financial support, in total 617 000 euros, will be used for the "Wildlife Recovery Programme" that Rewilding Europe has designed.