Application composition and project design tips are provided to help applicants improve their chances of receiving an AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grant. Proposals which fail to follow specified requirements defined in the application instructions will not be included in the two-tiered review and selection process.
Be sure to follow the application instructions carefully. Proposals that do not conform to the application instructions will not be included in the two-tiered review process.
Check for spelling, grammatical, and formatting errors. Each year several proposals are given lower ratings because they contain grammatical errors that reflect poorly on the potential quality of the project and project team.
To encourage applicants to utilize results-based planning, management, and monitoring in their projects, the CGF application uses adaptive management terminology taken from the Conservation Measures Partnership’s Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. For detailed descriptions of terms used in the application, review the Open Standards.
Educational components are defined as programming and interpretation for targeted audiences such as school groups, teachers and families, and other community stakeholders. Other types of communication, for example, graphics, exhibits, posters, brochures, etc. may represent an educational component but only if they identify a target audience. Proposals may differ in what educational component they include but should clearly explain the reasoning behind selecting, and the means that will be used to evaluate the efficacy of, this component.
Educators should be trained or have experience in formal or informal educational programming and be involved in the development of any educational component. If you have questions or concerns about the educational component of your proposal, please contact the Conservation Education Committee Chair, Kelly Matis.
Proposals MUST include a signed, electronic, Statement of Institutional Support from each institution that employs a PI, is listed as a supporting or collaborating institution, or is listed as a participant in any capacity in the proposal.
Collaboration between a CGF project and one or more AZA Animal Programs is beneficial, although not required, and should be clearly identified in the proposal.
Projects with a broad potential impact, that benefit a large number of individual animals or species, and/or will have long-term, positive impacts on multiple AZA-accredited institutions or partners typically receive higher reviewer ratings than those that do not.
CGF grant applications are due no later than March 15th at 5:00 pm EDT each year. Submissions received after this date/time stamp will not be accepted for any reason. Each year glitches in submission occur and proposals must be rejected for not meeting the submission deadline.