OVERVIEW: The America Wildlife Conservation Fund awards grants to research and outreach programs that focus on wildlife/habitat relationships and/or human-wildlife interactions.
IP TAKE: Given the modest size of its grants, this funder is best suited for smaller projects rather than larger undertakings. Funding prioritizes New York state.
PROFILE: The American Wildlife Conservation Foundation’s history dates back to 1911 when conservationists Harry Leonard and William Clark established the American Game Protective and Propagation Association. In 1970, the association joined with the New York Conservation Council Foundation and the American Game Association. It was not until 2003 when the organization changed its name to the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation or the AWCF. The AWCF seeks to “[sustain] and [enhance] the fish and wildlife resources of North America.” It invests in research and public education "towards enhancing scientific wildlife management, and conservation of wild habitats in North America."
The foundation's wildlife and animal conservation grants supports individuals conducting work that closely aligns with the AWCF's mission. In its grantmaking, it tends to emphasize organizations and individuals working in, and to the benefit of, New York State. The foundation also prioritizes supporting research and outreach programs that focus on wildlife/habitat relationships and/or human-wildlife interactions.
A small foundation, it only offers a handful of grants each year, typically fewer than 10. Its grant amounts are on the modest size as well, generally coming in at around $2,000. To get an idea of the types of projects AWCF supports, read through its latest annual report or explore its most recent projects page.
AWCF accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. The application deadline for summer work falls on February 1 and the deadline for funding in next calendar year falls on August 1.
- Gray Will, President
- John Hasenjager, Grants Committee Chair