Alongside Wildlife Foundation Seed Grant Program

Deadline: September 15, 2022

The Alongside Wildlife Foundation announced the grant program to support the kinds of important wildlife projects that are typically overlooked by most large organisations.

This is a seed grant program, which means they give priority to projects that have not yet started or are in their first year. Projects should focus on terrestrial and riparian animals (including invertebrates). They generally do not finance maritime works. They do not fund projects that offer deadly solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. They do not fund wildlife rehabilitation work.

They will continue to support US-based wildlife conservation efforts with their growing Land Fund and special initiatives.

To note: This is not a large foundation financially supported by wealthy individuals, organizations or endowments and they receive many more requests than they could fund. They are fully supported by their growing grassroots network of small, recurring donors; if you appreciate the work they do (including this grant program) and wish they could do more, they hope you will consider joining this network.

To concentrate

The projects they support focus on natural history, science communication or living alongside wildlife.

  • Natural Story: despite growing calls to recognize and appreciate natural history, this type of research is rarely prioritized; they fund projects that generate basic but vital information about the species alongside us.
  • Science Communication: Scientists and science communicators are under pressure to reach and engage with new audiences and their grant program is designed to support this work; they focus on projects that facilitate and encourage science communication projects that aim to reduce human/wildlife conflict. Projects must include new and creative collaborations between scientists and artists.
  • Living next to Wildlife: As their landscapes become increasingly human-dominated, it is essential to generate and implement coexistence strategies that allow wildlife to persist alongside us. They fund projects that evaluate or implement science-based strategies to reduce human/wildlife conflict.
Project categories

These categories best represent the focus on wildlife: birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, plants and fungi

Funding Information

They will accept proposals up to US$2,000.

Eligibility criteria
  • Eligible projects must be based internationally (outside the United States). They will continue to support US-based wildlife conservation efforts with their growing Land Fund and special initiatives.
  • You can find a list of application questions on their website.
  • If you represent an international or small organization with a limited online presence, The Alongside Wildlife Foundation appreciates independent letters written on your behalf when evaluating your proposal as well as additional information that allows us to learn more about your project or your institution.
  • If you are a graduate student, please include a letter of support from your advisor. Letters can be submitted by you immediately after submitting your application or submitted before the application deadline by your advisor. If you choose to have your advisor submit a letter, please send them the link to the letter submission portal, which you will have access to after submitting your proposal.

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