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Conservation Grants Fund
Now accepting applications for the 2015 grant cycle! Applications are due March 16, 2015.
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.
1991, the CGF has provided more than $6 million to almost 340 projects
worldwide. Since 1999, the Walt Disney World Company and the Disney
Worldwide 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
CGF grants are awarded in six categories:
- Animal Health
- Animal Welfare
- Field Conservation and/or Reintroduction
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
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.