Deadline: 1 July 2016
The Neotropical Bird Club (NBC) is currently inviting applications for its Conservation Awards Programme. Grants are available for conservation work or research that has an intended conservation benefit.
- Small Grants – up to $1,500: available for projects implementing direct conservation actions, or conservation research. Awards are only given to projects carried out by nationals and/or residents of countries in the Neotropics (i.e. the Caribbean, Middle America and South America).
- Medium Grants – up to $3,000: available for projects implementing direct conservation actions, or conservation research. Awards are only given to projects carried out by nationals and/or residents of countries in the Neotropics (i.e. the Caribbean, Middle America and South America).
- Juan Mazar Barnett Award – up to $5,000: this award has been created in Juan’s memory following a generous donation from his family. One award can be given annually in this category. The award seeks to encourage early-career Neotropical bird conservationists and researchers, and will be presented for the NBC conservation award proposal that best captures Juan’s spirit: technical expertise combined with a passion for birds and bird conservation.
Awards will only be given to projects that meet all of the following criteria:
- Projects with a total budget small enough for the NBC award to be a significant proportion of that total.
- Projects that is likely to achieve constructive local engagement in some form, such as environmental education in local communities, working with local decision-making or land-management organizations, or local/international publicity.
- Projects that are likely to achieve global conservation benefit. This means that the project must target either globally threatened species or globally important sites, as defined below, in order to be eligible for funding, unless there is an exceptional reason to waive this rule. It is essential that applicant’s project makes a direct contribution to species or site conservation, or as a minimum is developed in close collaboration with a conservation agency or organization. Environmental education projects that encourage the conservation of threatened species or globally important sites are eligible.
- Site-based projects must focus on the conservation of either a) an Important Bird Area (IBA), or an area proposed as an IBA or recently found to qualify for designation as an IBA; or b) a site within an Endemic Bird Area (EBA) holding habitats that are important to the restricted-range bird species that define the EBA; or c) a protected or potentially protected area that holds or is expected to hold Threatened or Near Threatened bird species.
How to Apply
- Applicants must submit application form provided on the website via email.
- An initial assessment is made by a conservation sub-committee and sent for peer-review and the applications that best match the aims of the programme then have to be approved by the Council of the Neotropical Bird Club.
For more information, please visit Conservation Awards Programme.