Cleveland Zoological Society’s Future for Wildlife Seed Grants: Supporting Field Conservation Projects in Africa and Asia


Deadline: 5 November 2018

The Cleveland Zoological Society is seeking applications for its Future for Wildlife Seed Grants Program which provide funds to support field conservation projects in Africa and Asia.

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Ideal projects have a clear and direct conservation impact, positively affect local people, and create opportunities for capacity building in-country.

Areas of Interest

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Projects focusing on the following areas of special interest to the Zoo are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Wildlife protection (anti-poaching, illegal wildlife trade issues, etc.)
  • Human wildlife conflict mitigation
  • Development and promotion of sustainable environmental practices
  • Habitat protection and restoration (terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems)
  • Capacity-building (education/training, community-based conservation, etc.)
  • Conservation biology, ecology and natural history studies (terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems)

Funding Information

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Annual awards, ranging from $1000 to $3500, are made to conservation and field research initiatives that will help secure a future for wildlife and educational or cultural activities that positively impact wildlife, habitats and human communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Requests for funds should provide adequate information for evaluation of the project and the specific request, including a detailed experimental design and methodology.
  • Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component.
  • Projects should begin in the year that they are applying for funding, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end point.
  • Funds will not be awarded for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are made.
  • Although exceptions can be made, ongoing costs such as salaries of permanent staff and other administrative costs are generally not considered.
  • Funds to cover contingencies or indirect costs are not granted.
  • Partial funding of a project may be considered if a particular component of the project can be supported and completed independently, or if it is made clear that additional funding has been obtained or is being sought from other sources to cover remaining costs.
  • Proposals requesting more than the maximum amount of funds allowed for the specific grant program will not be accepted.
  • Subsequent phases of previously funded projects may be submitted.
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is not required to be a collaborator for a project to be eligible for funding.
  • Highly invasive research, or projects that collect/voucher specimens will not be considered for funding.

How to Apply

Pre-Proposal/Proposal Application Form must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries:

For more information, please visit Future for Wildlife Seed Grants.

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