Auckland Zoo announces Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme

Deadline: 20-Apr-21

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

Funding Information

  • 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
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).

Ineligible Funding
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.)

Eligibility Criteria
Auckland Zoo invites applications for its small projects from New Zealand or any developing country.

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