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Zoos, Botanic Gardens, and Museums

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Multiple Short Profiles —  Grant makers are listed in alphabetical order by name of organization

 

 

 

Many of the world’s zoos and aquariums, botanic gardens, and museums make grants that advance international conservation.  In this group, we also include grant-making trusts and other organizations whose missions are allied with the work of zoos, botanic gardens, and horticulture.

A high proportion of grants are intended for young professionals and university students.  Others are for senior professionals, and yet others are for conservation organizations.

Note: The Terra Viva Grants Directory also offers short profiles of Birding Groups and Wildlife Societies. 


American Museum of Natural History

Research Grants – annual application deadlines vary by program area

The American Museum of Natural History offers academic fellowships and research grants in biology, ecology, zoology, wildlife conservation, paleontology, anthropology, and some fields of the physical sciences.  Most awards are for students and young professionals in various categories – university students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior scientists. 

Programs of field grants with international applicability include the Lerner-Gray Grants (marine zoology), and the Frank M. Chapman Grants (ornithology).

  • Lerner-Gray Grants:  Priority is for projects on systematics, evolution, ecology, and field-oriented behavioral studies of marine animals. Grants are generally between US$500 and US$2,500.  
  • Chapman Grants:  The program makes grants in avian evolutionary biology. Grants are up to US$3,000 but the average is about US$1,000.

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American Orchid Society

Conservation Awards – annual nomination deadline

The American Orchid Society sponsors Conservation Recognition Awards for outstanding work in orchid conservation, including at the international level. 

  • Award recipients are students, amateurs, and professionals engaged in the study or conservation of native orchids.   
  • Awards are for US$500.  Runner-up awards are US$250. 

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Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Conservation Grants Fund – annual application deadline

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums sponsors the Conservation Grants Fund for grants to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, sometimes in partnerships with other conservation organizations. 

  • Grants are made in several categories: animal health; animal welfare; conservation education; field conservation and/or re-introduction; management and/or breeding; and research.
  • Each principal investigator in a proposal to AZA must have an AZA membership. Average grant size is about US$18,000.

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Auckland Zoo

Small Grants Program —  two deadline each year

The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Program helps provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programs that have clear conservation value.

  • Eligibility is open to individuals or organizations for projects in New Zealand or for projects in countries in the developing world.  Applicants can be based anywhere in the world.
  • Grants are a maximum of NZD$5 thousand, and usually in the range of NZD$1 thousand to NZ$3 thousand.

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Chester Zoo

Studentships, Scholarships, and Research Grants  – annual application deadlines

The Chester Zoo offers studentships, scholarships, and research grants in support of wildlife conservation.

  • Research grants are made to PhD students and professional researchers.
  • Research grants are also available to undergraduate and masters students who do observational research at the Zoo.
  • The Conservation Scholars are based at UK universities.

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Chicago Zoological Society 

Endangered Species Fund – multiple application deadlines each year

The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade – Endangered Species Fund.  Grants are for applied projects in developing countries in themes of protection of threatened and endangered species, and protection of habitats of high biological value that are substantially threatened. 

  • The Fund gives priority to capacity building, and it encourages local scientists and conservationists as project leaders.  
  • Grants are under US$5,000.  

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Grants for Research and Conservation – annual application deadlines vary by program

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo makes grants through the Scott Neoptropical Fund; Africa Seed Grants, and Asia Seed Grants.  Projects support research and conservation on animal wildlife and their habitats, and programs that involve local people in relation to wildlife conservation.

  • Applications to the Scott Neotropical Fund should be led by a neotropical resident.  Grants are US$3,000 to US$5,000. 
  • Applications to the Seed Grants have no restrictions by residence or nationality.  The Seed Grants (Africa and Asia) are US$1,000 to US$3,500.

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Columbus Zoo

Fund for Conservation — pre-proposals are submitted at any time

The Columbus Zoo Fund for Conservation supports research, education, capacity building, and community involvement in countries around the world.  Each year, the Zoo awards 70 grants to projects in 30 countries.

  • First-time applicants are limited to a maximum of US$5,000.

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Field Museum 

Research Scholarships and Grants  – annual application deadlines vary by program

The Field Museum (Chicago) offers grants and fellowships to visiting scientists and students for research and training on the Museum’s scientific collections.

  • Grants are open on a competitive basis to all individuals in the international scholarly community working on research related to natural history. 

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Fund – annual application deadline  

The Conservation Fund makes grants to promote the understanding and enjoyment of rare, threatened, and endangered animals and their habitats.  It also supports zoological research that benefits animals in captive management.

  • Principal investigators must be associated with recognized institutions such as zoos, academic institutions, conservation organizations, NGOs, etc. 
  • Awards are in any amount, with most in the range of US$1,000 to US$2,000.

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Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Prize for Career Achievements in Wildlife Conservation – nominations are invited every other year

The Indianapolis Zoo awards the Indianapolis Prize to an individual who has made significant achievements in animal conservation.

  • At US$250 thousand, the Prize is among the world’s largest monetary awards for animal conservation.

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International Zoo Educators Association

Grants for Conference Participation – applications are invited every other year 

The IZE is an association to expand the educational impact of zoos and aquariums worldwide.

The Sponsored Conference Delegate Grants support participants from developing countries to attend IZE’s biennial conferences.

  • Grants include conference registration, airfare, accommodation, some meals, and introductory IZE membership.

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John Ball Zoo Society

Wildlife Conservation Fund – annual application deadline

The John Ball Zoo Society’s Wildlife Conservation Fund makes grants to enhance or assist the preservation of wild animals and the management of their habitats. 

  • The principal investigator must be associated with a recognized institution (e.g., accredited zoo, academic institution, or conservation or non-profit organization).
  • Grants are generally in the range of US$500 to US$2,500.

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Merlin Trust

Grants for Young Horticulturalists – applications accepted throughout the year

The Merlin Trust supports young horticulturalists in Britain and Ireland with small grants for study visits related to plants and horticultural gardens in the UK and internationally.   Several past grants have been used for projects in the developing world.  

  • Applicants must be between ages 18 to 35, or in their first five years of a career in horticulture, and have British or Irish nationality.  
  • Funding is also available for international students studying in the UK.

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Missouri Botanical Garden

Research Fellowships in Plant Science and Conservation — annual application deadline

The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development offers visiting fellowships to researchers from developing countries for training and professional development at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • The multiple fellowship programs vary in their scope and guidelines.
  • Subject areas are conservation biology, ecology, botany, plant sciences, and closely related fields.
  • Participating countries and regions are Mexico, Central and South America, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

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Oklahoma Zoo and Botanical Garden

Conservation Action Now – annual application deadline

The Oklahoma City Zoo makes grants to support imperiled wildlife species, habitats, and their surrounding communities through conservation, research, and education.

  • The grant-making program is Conservation Action Now.  
  • Grant amounts do not exceed US$2,500.

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Phoenix Zoo

Conservation and Science Grants – application period is open one month each year  

The Phoenix Zoo offers seed money to fund critical components of conservation programs.

  • The grants support practical projects in conservation science; research; knowledge sharing; ex situ support of in situ conservation; and involvement of local communities.
  • Grants are up to US$3,000 for one year.

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Pittsburg Zoo

PPG Industries Sustainability and Conservation Fund  – annual application deadline

The Pittsburg Zoo makes grants for field studies and cross-disclipinary approaches to conservation in the USA and internationally. Projects outside of the USA require evidence of strong local involvement.

  • Grants range from US$1,000 to US$3,000. 

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Conservation Support Fund – two application deadlines per year 

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden sponsors the Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund to assist conservation biologists in wildlife conservation projects worldwide.

  • Grants are for field conservation; habitat management; conservation education; ex situ captive breeding; animal health and welfare; and other themes.
  • Grants generally range from US$1,000 to US$5,000.

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund – annual application deadline

The Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society make grants for  conservation projects worldwide through the Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund (SDCBF).

  • Grants in SDCBF fund multi-disciplinary approaches to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and projects that involve in-country collaborators.  Additional themes are environmental education; captive propagation programs that favor conservation, and others. 
  • Applicants can be of any nationality.  They must be associated with an organization through which s/he can receive funding.  
  • Maximum grant size is US$1,000

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Bentham-Moxon Trust – annual application deadline

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew makes grants for plant collections and field research; visitation to Kew; travel and conferences; small equipment items: and other project support.  Funding for the grants is from the Bentham-Moxon Trust.

  • Applicants are botanists and horticulturalists, including staff at Kew.  Grants should involve a developing country.  Most grants are under £5,000.

Note:  The Royal Botanic Garden at Edinburgh is similarly a grant maker for international field work, visitation, and project support through the Sibbald Trust.

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Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

Grants for Education and Research in Ornamental Horticulture – annual application deadline

The Trust supports research and education on ornamental horticulture, primarily in North and South America.

  • Grants are made in support of horticultural research and publication; horticultural gardens accessible to the public; environmental responsibility in matters of plant introduction and management; and educational activities which help advance ornamental horticulture.
  • Most grants are to botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities.
  • Grants are up to US$20,000.

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Taronga Conservation Society

Grants for Wildlife Research and Conservation – annual application deadline

The Taronga Conservation Society offers conservation field grants for wildlife research, breeding, and field conservation in Australia and internationally. 

  • Grants are mainly to conservation NGOs and wildlife societies, university researchers, and zoos. The majority of grants are for projects in the Asia-Pacific region and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Taronga prefers applications requesting less than A$10,000.   

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TREE Fund

Research and Education Grants – most programs have annual application deadlines 

The TREE Fund makes grants for research and education in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry.

  • The Jack Kimmel International Grant Program funds arboriculture research anywhere in the world.
  • Grants in the Kimmel program are up to US$10 thousand for projects of one to three years.

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Woodland Park Zoo

Jaguar Conservation Fund – annual application deadline

The Woodland Park Zoo administers the Jaguar Conservation Fund, which makes grants related to habitat conservation and protection of jaguars in Latin America.

  • Projects include a strong educational component, involvement of local communities, and partnerships with other conservation organizations.
  • Most grants are US$2,000 to US$5,000.

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Zoological Society of London

EDGE Fellowships  – annual application deadline

The Zoological Society of London funds fellowships through its EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) program.  

  • The program is open to early-career conservation biologists who are nationals or residents of the country in which the EDGE species occur. 
  • Fellowships include a grant of up to £5,000 per year, plus training and technical support.

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Zoos Victoria

International Programs and Grants – annual application deadline 

Zoos Victoria (Australia) makes grants that aim to engage local communities in sustainable practices that achieve long-term wildlife conservation. Grant-funded projects must demonstrate benefits to both wildlife and people.

  • Grants can be made to any organization or group that can meet these objectives.
  • Funding is up to AUD 20 thousand for projects of one year.

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June 2016

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