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. 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. In 2003 the organization changed its name to the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation. 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."
Wildlife and animal conservation grants go to individuals whose work aligns with the AWCF's mission. Grantmaking tends to emphasize organizations and individuals working in, and to benefit New York State. The foundation also prioritizes research and outreach programs that focus on wildlife/habitat relationships and/or human-wildlife interactions.
A small foundation, it offers only a handful of grants each year, typically fewer than 10. Grants are modest, as well, generally around $2,000. To get an idea of the projects AWCF supports, see 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 the next calendar year falls on August 1.
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