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Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme

Applications for Round One (2014/2015) are now open!

"The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has forecast that by 2050, 30% of the world's wildlife species will have disappeared. Zoos of today can play a critical role in helping to prevent this, and Auckland Zoo takes its place at the forefront of these efforts," says Auckland Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken.Auckland Zoo believes that the best place to conserve wildlife is in the wild. 

One of the key ways we support wildlife conservation in the wild (also called field or in situ conservation), both in New Zealand and around the world, is through the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund.

It is support that is becoming more critical than ever.

"The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has forecast that unless we do something, 30% of the world's species of wildlife will disappear over the next 50 years. Zoos are playing a critical role in helping prevent this, and Auckland Zoo is proud to be at the forefront of these efforts," says Auckland Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken.

The Conservation Fund supports conservation efforts in the wild in two main ways:

Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund

- We support our own staff to develop or utilise their specialist skills and participate in field conservation initiatives. These can be projects led by Auckland Zoo or by other conservation partners

- We provide financial resources for external organisations and individuals to carry out vital field conservation work

Small Grants Programme

One of the ways we provide financial support to organisations and individuals is through our Small Grants Programme.

Level of funding

The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme exists to help provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value. This programme of funding is open to individuals or organisations for projects in New Zealand or for projects in countries outside the First World - though applicants can be based anywhere in the world.

Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of NZD5,000. However, in most cases, successful grants will be in the region of NZD1,000 - 3,000. The amount applied for through the programme should represent a minimum of 25% of the project's overall budget.

Funding deadlines

We accept applications to the Small Grants Programme throughout the year, but only two rounds of grants are made.

Deadlines for the next funding rounds are:
ROUND ONE (2014/2015 funding round) - Applications close on Sunday 7 September 2014

Applications

Applications to the Small Grants Programme are made electronically using our standard Small Grants Application Form, available through the link below. Completed forms should be emailed to conservationgrants@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Before deciding to make an application, please read the following documents for the relevant background information and instructions:

Small grants programme FAQs
Small grants application form

If, after reading these documents you still have further questions about the Small Grants Programme, please send your enquiry by email to conservationgrants@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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