Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo awards grants to animal and wildlife conservation organizations working in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

IP TAKE: This funder awards wildlife conservation efforts as well as field research initiatives.

PROFILE: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo established its Future for Wildlife Seed Grants program to “[s]upport field conservation projects in Africa and Asia to help secure a future for wildlife and positively impact human communities.” The grants also funds organizations that work in Latin America.

 The Futures of Wildlife Seed Grants program focuses its grantmaking on wildlife protection, human wildlife conflict mitigation, sustainable environmental practices, habitat protection and restoration, capacity building and conservation biology, ecology and natural history studies.

As a seed grant program, amounts are modest and range from $1,000 to $3,500. Past grantees include wildlife conservation organizations such as Education Nature-Vietnam, which received support for its work combating illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia; and the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme, which received a grant for its work studying orangutans in the Kinabatangan River Forest.

The Future for Wildlife Seed grants program accepts unsolicited grant applications, beginning with its pre-proposal process. The deadline for pre-proposal submission typically falls in the first week of November each year.

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