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SCI Foundation Conservation Grants

SCI Foundation Matching Grants

The SCI Foundation is proud to extend our reach across the globe in order to help fund wildlife conservation and research projects. Through ourMatching Grants Program, SCI Foundationcan help SCI Chapters support opportunities which further the mission of SCI Foundation through conservation, education and humanitarian services projects.

Apply here!Conservation Matching Grant Application and Information
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Large Grant Program

Large grants are awarded to projects with strong potential to contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources or the advance of constructive wildlife research. Conservation projects are also awarded grants not only for their relationship to sustainable use of wildlife, but also in terms of maintaining healthy ecosystems and quality habitat for all wildlife species.

Apply here!2015 Conservation Large Grant Application Now Open!

Conservation Large Grant Terms and Conditions (PDF)


Small Grant Program

The SCI Foundation Conservation Grants subcommittee provided small grants tointernational wildlife research and conservation projects in the past. Some examples of state agency and international projects that were funded by SCI Foundation in the past are provided below.

Elk Survival and Recruitment

Partner: Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Extensive efforts to manage elk habitat in Wyoming have been assumed beneficial for elk populations. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is now trying to quantify the extent to which elk utilize habitat manipulations and identify other potential sites for future habitat enhancements.SCI Foundation and the SCI Central Wyoming Chapter have donated GPS collars to the project to help track elk movements, and habitat use.

Black Rhinoceros Conservation

Partner: Chiredzi River Black Rhinoceros Charitable Trust

Rhinoceros poaching has increased dramatically in the past few years due to high demand of rhinoceros horn in traditional East Asian medicines.The Chiredzi River Conservancy in Zimbabwe maintains black rhinoceros, and due to the threat of poaching, has decided to expand the fenced area of the conservancy that is patrolled by anti-poaching guards. SCI Foundation has given a grant to the Chiredzi River Black Rhinoceros Charitable Trust in support this anti-poaching effort.

Mountain Goat Genetics

Partner: Western Washington University

While the mountain goat is not globally threatened, populations in Washington have declined by at least 70% since the 1950s. Researchers are interested in determining if humans have created barriers that are altering patterns of genetic diversity and connectivity among mountain goat herds. This project will use modeling and genetic analyses to evaluate relatedness for mountain goats in Washington and British Columbia.

Ladakh Urial Conservation and Management

Partner: Trans-Himalayan Nature Team

In the 1980s the Ladakh urial (Ovis vignei vignei) population has declined to the point that wildlife managers set a moratorium on hunting the species. SCI Foundation funded this project to determine current risks to the population and evaluate the success of the hunting moratorium. General life history information, data concerning human-urial conflict and competition with other herbivores will be assessed.

Black Rhinoceros Conservation

Partner: Chiredzi River Black Rhinoceros Charitable Trust

Rhinoceros poaching has increased dramatically in the past few years due to high demand of rhinoceros horn in traditional East Asian medicines. The Chiredzi River Conservancy in Zimbabwe maintains black rhinoceros, and due to the threat of poaching, have decided to expand the fenced area of the conservancy that is patrolled by anti-poaching guards. SCI Foundation has given a grant to the Chiredzi River Black Rhinoceros Charitable Trust in support this anti-poaching effort.

Zimbabwe Human-Wildlife Conflict

Partner: Zimbabwe Wildlife and Parks Management Authority

The project is looking for solutions and mitigation techniques for human wildlife conflict in communities bordering wildlife areas and setting up a reporting system that will quantify actual damage caused from human wildlife conflict.This will assist Zimbabwe Wildlife and Parks Management Authority in making problem animal control management decisions and allow appropriate interventions.

SCI Foundation no longer has a small grant program. Please see Large Grant Grants for current funding opportunities.