The Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund (SDCBF), established by Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society in 1989, supports conservation programs that protect threatened wildlife and habitats worldwide. Field studies and other projects that demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and projects that involve in-country collaborators receive the highest funding priority.
Environmental education programs, development of techniques that can be used in a natural environment, and captive propagation programs that stress an integrative approach to conservation are also appropriate. Projects must directly affect biological conservation.
Applicants must be associated with an organization (e.g. NGO, university, etc.) through which s/he can receive funding. Organizations, not individuals, receive funding check. There are no eligibility restrictions on the nationality of the applicant. Projects that have been funded by the SDCBF are eligible for a second year of funding. A second application must be submitted according to the application guidelines, along with a progress report from the first year of SDCBF funding. Grants are usually up to $1,000.
Actions can take place worldwide.
Funds for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are granted are not eligible for grants. In rare cases there are exceptions, however,ongoing costs such as salaries of permanent staff and other administrative costs are generally not considered. Funds to cover contingencies, institutional/organizational overhead, indirect costs, tuition fees, fringe benefits or travel not associated with project activities (e.g., travel to conferences where results will be presented) are not granted. They may consider partial funding of a project if a particular component of the project has support and can be completed independently, or if it is made clear that additional funding has been obtained or is being sought from other sources to cover remaining costs. We do not accept proposals requesting more than the maximum amount of funds allowed for the specific grant program. One may submit a proposal for subsqequent phases of previously funded projects.
The application deadline 1 June 2022. Applications must be sent by postal mail, they do not accept phone calls.