Asia Seeds Grant Programme
With generous support from the Cleveland Zoological Society , the Asia Seed Grants Program provides funds to support field conservation and research projects in Asia. Annual awards ranging from $1000 to $3500 will be made to conservation and research initiatives involving wildlife and their habitats, and educational or cultural activities that involve or impact wildlife and their habitats. Ideal projects have clear and direct conservation impact, positively affect local people and create opportunities for capacity building in country.
Projects focusing on the following areas of special interest to the Zoo are strongly encouraged to apply:
- Wildlife protection law enforcement, illegal wildlife trade issues, etc.
- Human wildlife conflict mitigation
- Development and promotion of sustainable environmental practices
- Habitat protection and restoration (terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems)
- Capacity-building, education/training, community-based conservation and development
- Conservation biology, ecology and natural history studies (terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems)
- Species/taxa based projects that focus on species within the Zoo Collection will be given priority.
- Requests for funds should provide adequate information for evaluation of the project and the specific request, including a detailed experimental design and methodology.
- Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component.
- Projects should begin in the year that they are applying for funding, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end point.
- Funds will not be awarded for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are made.
- Although exceptions can be made, ongoing costs such as salaries of permanent staff and other administrative costs are generally not considered.
- Funds to cover contingencies or indirect costs are not granted.
- Partial funding of a project may be considered if a particular component of the project can be supported and completed independently, or if it is made clear that additional funding has been obtained or is being sought from other sources to cover remaining costs.
- Proposals requesting more than the maximum amount of funds allowed for the specific grant program will not be accepted.
- Subsequent phases of previously funded projects may be submitted.
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is not required to be a collaborator for a project to be eligible for funding.
- Highly invasive, terminal research projects or projects that collect/voucher specimens will not be considered for funding.
The pre-proposal should be typed in English on 8 ½ x11 inch size paper, have 1-inch margins and aneasily readable 12pt. font. Pre-proposals are limited to four pages and must include the componentslisted below (three pages for the Project Description and Budget and a one page CV). Letters ofsupport/commitment may be included if applicable.
The proposal should be typed in English on 8 ½ x 11 inch size paper, have 1-inch margins and an easily readable 12pt. font. The proposal should not exceed 8 pages of text (abstract through time-line described below). The following components of the proposal must be provided, and should be organized in the order listed below. You may include additional information that you feel is appropriate for consideration within the eight pages of text. Enough information should be given for reviewers not familiar with the project to adequately evaluate the request. Specific information will vary depending on the request and type of project.A complete application includes:
- Completed Pre-Proposal/Proposal Application Form
- Pre-Proposal Deadline: 2 November 2015
- Pre-Proposal Notification: 2 December 2015
- Full Proposal Deadline: 4 January 2016
- Final Notification: 3 February 2016
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