Deadline: 31 July 2019
The Taronga Conservation Society Australia is pleased to announce its Field Conservation Grants to fund and support conservation projects that help wildlife, habitats and communities all over the world.
Every two years, Taronga Conservation Society Australia awards funding to projects and programs that demonstrate measurable conservation outcomes in the field — anywhere in the world.
Projects that have benefited from a Taronga Field Conservation Grant have helped to protect and regenerate habitats, stop poaching and trafficking of wildlife and reduce conflict between communities and wildlife living side by side.
For 2019, Taronga will support the best in-the-field conservation programs with grants of up to $20,000 from a total of $200,000.
Taronga Field Conservation Grants are open to NGOs, community groups and individuals who have a new or established conservation project that could benefit from funding and expert support.
Principles of Funding
- Field Projects will be selected using the criteria listed below, but only after the following principles have been accepted; if any one of these principles cannot be satisfied, then the institution should consider very carefully whether the project should be undertaken at all.
- Only projects that demonstrate measurable conservation outcomes in the field will be supported. Projects with an education component are strongly encouraged but measurable outcomes must relate to the species/habitat impact expected rather than community impact alone;
- Projects must consider the implications of climate change effects on the success of their project;
- Project applications will specify a defined period of participation or support from Taronga;
- It is understood that in situ conservation projects do not need to have captive breeding/management components, nor that the focal/target species need to necessarily be held in zoos;
- Where in situ conservation projects involve reintroduction or relocation, such processes must be endorsed by relevant government bodies and adhere to all relevant policies and conventions governing the movement and reintroduction of animals and plants, and their component parts established by the IUCN (Reintroduction Guidelines and Position Statement on Translocation of Living Organisms), CITES and IATA;
- Humane treatment must be a priority for all animals impacted as part of this project and captive populations must be held in conditions considered acceptable by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA);
- Taronga recognises the importance of sensitive integration of wildlife conservation goals and human needs in successful in situ conservation programs;
- No project should present an unreasonable level of risk to participant safety, project financial stability or reputation; and
- Projects and their personnel must adhere to all laws of the country in which the project is undertaken.
All applicants should note that applications of less than $10,000 have a greater chance of success. If funds requested exceed this amount, a modular budget should be presented with clear priorities for funding by the Taronga Foundation, and their expected outcome.
All funds should be requested in Australian dollars.
How to Apply
Applicants can download and complete the application template and submit it via email at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit https://taronga.org.au/conservation-and-science/our-actions/field-conservation-grants/applications