Donor: Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 06.01.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 3.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Animal Welfare
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Water & Sanitation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

  4. Europe

      Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Romania, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Papua New Guinea


1) Objective

The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) is the oldest independent environmental organisation in the Washington, DC region; a pioneer in linking conservation activities with environmental education. The Society administers the Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund in honour of Orville Crowder and Don Messersmith, two leaders in nature tourism. The Fund supports global nature conservation and allows ANS members to experience and promote other cultures and environments and to help promote conservation awareness and protection beyond the United States. The fund helps small, local conservation and/or education projects in developing countries. Its grants provide seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources. Grants have provided more than 75 projects with start-up costs since 1974.

Preference is given to projects that will benefit human, plant and animal communities of a particular habitat in an ecologically sustainable manner. Projects must have: (1) a benefit to the human, plant and animal populations of a particular habitat in an ecological sustainable manner; (2) a lasting significance to local residents; (3) protect threatened or endangered species or habitats; (4) and a public education component.

2) Eligibility

Preference is given to projects that will benefit human, plant and animal communities of a particular habitat in an ecologically sustainable manner. Applicants from countries other than the United States are especially encouraged to apply. United States researchers planning work in foreign countries must have at least one local collaborator and consider how the project will benefit the local communities.

3) Location

The Fund provides grants in predefined countries across the globe.

4) Budget

The maximum grant for one year is $3,000.

5) Application

Applications are accepted beginning September 1, 2023. Deadline for receipt is January 6, 2024. Decisions will be announced in April 2024. Projects may begin in May and must be completed within twelve months of start date.

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