The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Grants Fund makes grants for animal health; animal welfare; conservation education. The Conservation Grants Fund (previously called the Conservation Endowment Fund) supports the cooperative conservation, scientific, and educational initiatives of AZA, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, and their collaborators. Many grants are awarded to collaborations among AZA-accredited institutions; government wildlife agencies; academia; and conservation NGOs.
The average project award is about US$18,000 for one-year projects.
- The principal investigator in a grant’s application must be an AZA member at the time of the application at the Professional Associate, Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, or Student level. Institutional membership does not count as individual membership. Other participants should be listed as collaborators on the form
- All funding requests from Conservation Grants Fund (CSF) must be for a maximum period of one year only
- CSF does not fund Tuition, university fees, or fringe benefits associated with graduate students or other project personnel; administrative costs (including institutional overhead and submission costs for the publication of journal articles); travel unrelated to completion of the project (conference presentation expenses, travel to meetings, etc.); planning meetings that define, rather than implement, conservation/management/education goals.
- CGF does not fund salaries for project personnel other than graduate students, technicians, and start-up positions established solely for the purpose of completion of the project.
The application deadline is on 15 March 2021.