Deadline: March 26, 2010
With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program has announced the fourth round of grantmaking through its Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund, which supports nonprofit conservation organizations, state fish and wildlife agencies, and tribal governments in their efforts to protect wildlife as prioritized by a number of landscape-scale strategic habitat conservation plans, including State Wildlife Action Plans.
The program provides grants to U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, state wildlife agencies, tribal governments, and regional/national associations of state fish and wildlife agencies. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the fifty U.S. states or six U.S. territories. Partnerships of all types are encouraged, particularly those between a nongovernmental conservation organization and a public agency. State wildlife agency and tribal government applicants must have a nongovernmental partner on their project.
Highest preference will be given to projects that provide proof of concept for innovative wildlife conservation practices that may serve as models for future projects: on-the-ground demonstration of effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change; that implement landscape-scale, regional, or multi-state conservation objectives, as defined by a strategic habitat conservation plan; that demonstrate strong working partnerships between nongovernmental conservation organizations and federal agencies, state wildlife agencies, and/or tribal governments; and that apply innovative sources of matching funds from private, local, state, and federal programs or seek to create new sources of funding for the implementation of strategic habitat conservation plans.
The fund will provide a total of $2 million in grants in 2010. Grants may be requested in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 per project for twelve to twenty-four months. The fund requires a 1:1 match, with a maximum of 50 percent of match funding from in-kind sources. The RFP and pre-proposal application form are available at the Wildlife Conservation Society Web site.
Wildlife Conservation Society Wildlife Action Opportunities