Applications are now open for the Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme to support conservation efforts in the wild.
Project applications will score more highly during the selection process if they:
- Are likely to have a direct conservation impact
- Are collaborative and involve a local conservation organisation
- Are logistically feasible, and fiscally and scientifically sound??
- Include an assessment of how well the project achieved its conservation objectives
- Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of NZD$5000. However, in most cases, successful grants will be in the region of NZD$2000 – $4000.
- The amount applied for through the programme should represent a minimum of 25% of the project’s overall budget.
Eligible projects must:
- Have a clear conservation value
- Be based in New Zealand or in a developing country (although applicants can be based anywhere in the world)
- Be aligned with the geographic or taxonomic scope of the current small grants round (if applicable). From time to time the Small Grants Programme is focussed on a particular region of the world (e.g the South Pacific) or a particular group of species (e.g. Invertebrates).
General items not considered eligible:
- Projects based in non-developing countries (except New Zealand)
- Projects not aligned with the geographic or taxonomic focus of the current round of grants (if applicable)
- Pure research (i.e. research projects must demonstrate applied benefit to conservation and/or target an identified conservation need)
- The applicant’s attendance at a conference, seminar, workshop or meeting
- Specific examples of items not eligible within an application:
- Thesis production costs
- Retrospective costs
- Prize money
- Entertainment costs
- Social or networking functions
- Fundraising or general income-growth purposes
- Debt servicing or financial costs
- Office equipment (unless an essential element in completing field work)
- Internships and volunteer programmes (unless benefiting an identified conservation need.)
Auckland Zoo invites applications for its small projects from New Zealand or any developing country.
For more information, visit https://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/get-involved/conservation-fund