Sunday, April 17, 2011

Grants for Projects Effectively Helping Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to RFP" at the end of this post].

Deadline: April 29, 2011 (Pre-proposals)

Wildlife Conservation Society Invites Applications for First Grant Round of Climate Adaptation Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society's North America Program has announced the first round of grantmaking through its Climate Adaptation Fund, a new program to support projects that demonstrate effective interventions to help wildlife adapt to climate change.

The program seeks to support actions that anticipate and respond to potential climate change impacts and maximize long-term conservation goals. Applicants must articulate how climate adaptation science informs the proposed conservation actions and specify the source of science and/or analysis upon which their adaptation project is based.

Grants awarded through the fund will support wildlife adaptation projects that are designed to implement landscape-scale strategic habitat conservation plans and achieve the following types of results: demonstrate land management techniques to assist wildlife adaptation to climate change; protect or expand core habitat areas; create new protected areas or change land use designations to secure intact habitat; assure connectivity for wildlife between core habitat areas; and protect keystone species at risk from the impacts of climate change.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the 50 U.S. states and six U.S. territories. Public agencies, tribal governments, and universities may partner on proposals submitted by an eligible nonprofit conservation organization or work as paid contractors on funded projects.

With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $2 million in total grants in 2011 for projects of one to two years in length. Grants will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per project. The fund requires a minimum 1:1 match with a maximum of 50 percent of match funding from in-kind sources.

Visit the WCS North America Program Web site for the complete Request for Proposals and application procedures.

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