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AZA Conservation Grants Fund  

Established in 1984, the Conservation Grants Fund (previously called the Conservation Endowment Fund, or CEF) supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their collaborators.

Since 1991, the CGF has provided more than $6.8 million to over 375 projects worldwide. Since 1999, the Walt Disney World Company and the Disney Conservation Fund have provided significant financial support to the CGF, nearly doubling the number of proposals funded annually. Browse the names of all previously funded projects

CGF grants are awarded in six categories:

  1. Animal Health
  2. Animal Welfare
  3. Conservation Education
  4. Field Conservation and/or Reintroduction
  5. Management and/or Breeding
  6. Research

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums of all sizes have received CGF grants. Many grants have been awarded to collaborations among AZA-accredited institutions; state, federal and international wildlife agencies; academia; and major conservation NGOs.

Annual disbursement amounts are determined by the AZA Board. Selections are made on the basis of a competitive review and approximately one-quarter of the proposals received every year are funded. The average project award is approximately $18,175. 

Support for Applicants

In addition to the application materials, AZA provides support and assistance to applicants, including examples of successful proposals, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and tips for writing successful proposals. Read more about Information for CGF Applicants.

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