Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grants for U.S. Wildlife Conservation Nonprofits Anticipating & Responding to Climate Change

From The Foundation Center...

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

Deadline: March 30, 2012 (Pre-proposal applications)

Wildlife Conservation Society Seeks Proposals for Climate Adaption Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society's North America Program (WCS) has announced the next round of grantmaking through the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund, a program to support projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change in the United States and its territories.

With funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $3.1 million in competitive grants in 2012. Awards will be made to nonprofit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale.

The program seeks to support actions that anticipate and respond to potential climate change impacts and maximize long-term conservation goals. To achieve these ends, the program prioritizes projects that manage for dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, rather than those aimed at maintaining historic conditions or individual species.

The fund will support projects that demonstrate land management techniques at a landscape level to assist wildlife adaption to climate change; projects to create new protected areas, expand core habitat areas, or alter land use designations to secure large expanses of intact habitat; and projects that assure connectivity for fish and wildlife among core habitat areas.

Grants are available to U.S.-based conservation organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the fifty U.S. states and six U.S. territories. The fund is unable to make grants to for-profit corporations, individuals, universities, public agencies, municipalities, or other types of governments. 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.

Funding will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per project for periods of twelve to twenty-four months.

A grant informational webinar will be held on March 6, 2012.

Visit the WCS North America Program Web site for the complete Request for Proposals, application materials, and webinar details.

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