Deadline: 1 July 2017
Applications are currently being accepted for Neotropical Birds Club, NBC Conservation Fund to support conservation work or research that has an intended conservation benefit in Middle & South America and the Caribbean.
The NBC Conservation Awards Programme invites applications for one of three categories of award the Club is able to offer:
- 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.
- Projects with a total budget small enough for the NBC award to be a significant proportion of that total.
- Projects that are likely to achieve constructive local engagement in some form, such as environmental education in local communities, working with local decision-making or land-management organisations, 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 (e.g. species new to science). It is essential that your project makes a direct contribution to species or site conservation, or as a minimum is developed in close collaboration with a conservation agency or organisation. We do not fund projects that lack a strong conservation focus, e.g. pure avian biology research. Environmental education projects that encourage the conservation of threatened species or globally important sites are eligible.
- Globally threatened species — those on the IUCN’s global red list.
- Site-based projects must focus on the conservation of either
- an Important Bird Area (IBA), or an area proposed as an IBA or recently found to qualify for designation as an IBA; or
- a site within an Endemic Bird Area (EBA) holding habitats that are important to the restricted-range bird species that define the EBA; or
- a protected or potentially protected area that holds or is expected to hold Threatened or Near Threatened bird species.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must download an application form available on the given website.
- The Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican, Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago.
- Middle America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.
- South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.
For more information, please visit NBC Conservation Fund.