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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Conservationists to Support Innovative Wildlife Conservation Projects

Established Conservationist Grants Program


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/23/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International conservationists for wildlife conservation activities around the world. Funding is intended to support innovative programs and projects by mid-career conservationists that address the needs of marine, terrestrial, or freshwater ecosystems. Funds may be used for either ongoing or new projects, with priority given to those that are sustainable and have community involvement.  Special consideration will be given to applicants from traditionally marginalized communities.

Established Conservationist Grants Program

The Conservation Nation Grant Program provides funding to help save endangered animals and their ecosystems by building a stronger, more diverse community of conservation practitioners.  

Conservation Nation supports innovative, on-the-ground conservation around the world by practitioners from traditionally marginalized communities. The focus is on helping foster conservation solutions that serve the needs of both nature and people and in terrestrial, marine, or freshwater ecosystems that support a wide range of biodiversity.  

 A strong emphasis is placed on ensuring that grant recipients share their work and knowledge and become mentors for Emerging Conservationists and Youth Conservationists.

Funding Criteria:

  • The applicant must demonstrate that the funds will be used for or to support conservation activities or research conducted in situ for wildlife conservation. 
  • The project must be co-created with an in-country partner and a letter of support must be provided with the application to show the intent of co-creation of the project.
  • Priority will go to projects that are sustainable and have community involvement.   

Grants will fund:

  • Both ongoing and new projects, including seed and proof of concept projects. 
  • Travel for research or conservation efforts. Funds may cover incidentals, meals, and expenses. 
  • Funding to support range in-country personnel at project sites (international and domestic). 
  • Funding to support intern stipends and wages, to be awarded on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Stipends or honoraria for guest speakers or lecturers, to be awarded on a case-by-case basis.
  • Dependent care assistance for a minor (child) or adult dependent for whom you are responsible.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who Can Apply/Eligibility:
- Early to Mid-career conservationists.
- Special consideration will be given to people from traditionally marginalized communities.
- The project must be connected to an in-country partner if the conservationist does not reside permanently in the community.
- This grant is targeted toward individuals. The application must be filled out and submitted by the grant applicant.

Grants will not fund:  
• Unsupported activities, activities that are strictly of personal interest.
• Working or collaborative teams that focus on topics not related to conservation.  
• Salaries or gifts for guest speakers or lecturers, etc.  
• Organizations. This grant is for individuals only.
• Cash donations to conservation organizations or third parties. 
• Lobbying activities or supporting attempts to influence legislation. 

Pre-Application Information
Grants Timeline:
- Applications must be submitted through the grants portal which will open the first week of May.
- The grant portal will close at 5 p.m. EST on June 23, 2023.
- Successful applicants will be notified in mid-August 2023.
- The formal public announcement of grantees will be made in September and funds will be disbursed shortly thereafter.
- You must be able to administer your grant between October, 2023-September, 2025.

Estimated Size of Grant
Established Conservationists are eligible for grants up to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Established Conservationists are eligible for grants with a grant period of one to two years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, contact

Susan Winslow, Grants
Conservation Nation
1717 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006

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