Deadline: 28 February 2017
The African Bird Club (ABC) is currently seeking applications for its Conservation Programme to support small to medium sized conservation projects in Africa. The Club aims to encourage as wide a range of ideas as possible, and funds approximately ten Conservation Awards each year.
Types of Project
Many different types of project can be considered so long as there is a clear conservation objective. These could include:
- survey and research into African birds;
- educational projects or training courses;
- production of guides to the common birds of a country in local languages;
- interpretation material for nature reserves;
- other ideas will be considered.
- ABC Conservation Awards-maximum grant up to £2,000.
- ABC Expedition Award – maximum grant up to £3,000
As the fund is small, several restrictions will apply:
- applicants must be normally resident in Africa;
- ideally, the requested grant from ABC should be a major part of the project budget;
- requests for contributions towards academic fees will not normally be considered;
- however funding for field projects that are being carried out as part of an academic study may be considered if funding from the academic institution is not available;
Applications are invited from expeditions meeting the following criteria:
- the expedition must take place within continental Africa or adjacent islands (Atlantic islands on or east of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Indian Ocean islands west of 80° E);
- the expedition must be conservation based with a strong bird component;
- the expedition must be associated with a bona fide academic institution, conservation NGO or recognised natural history or bird club;
- salaries of professional researchers or academics will not be supported;
- objectives should preferably be derived from any of the publications identifying international conservation priorities eg. IUCN red data books, IBA Directories, the Birds to Watch series, Endemic Bird Areas of the world etc;
- if the expedition originates from outside Africa, it must include substantial local participation from local NGOs (eg BirdLife International partners), bird clubs, academic institutions or relevant government departments. Salaries of local counterparts can be supported;
- the expedition must be able to demonstrate prior approval from the government of the host country;
- the expedition must have a letter of endorsement from the associated academic institution, conservation NGO or recognised club;
How to Apply
Applicants must submit the respective application form to apply for the either award type.
Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
For more information, please visit ABC’s Conservation Programme.