In 2018 The Alongside Wildlife Foundation began a seed-grant program to support the kinds of important wildlife projects that are typically overlooked by most major organizations. In just few years we’ve awarded over $74,000 to 51 wildlife conservation projects from Arkansas to Indonesia; the projects we support focus on natural history, science communication, or living alongside wildlife.
- Natural History: despite increasing calls to recognize and appreciate natural history, this type of research is rarely prioritized; we fund projects that generate basic but vital information about the species alongside us.
- Science Communication: scientists and science communicators are facing pressure to reach out and engage with new audiences and our grant program is designed to support this work; we focus on projects that facilitate and encourage science communication projects that aim to reduce human/wildlife conflict. Projects must include novel and creative collaborations between scientists and artists.
- Living Alongside Wildlife: As our landscapes become increasingly human-dominated, it is essential to generate and implement co-existence strategies that allow for wildlife to persist alongside us. We fund projects that evaluate or implement science-based strategies to reduce human/wildlife conflict.
Beginning in 2022, qualifying projects should be internationally based (outside of the USA). We will continue to support wildlife conservation efforts based in the USA with our growing Land Fund and special initiatives. This is a seed grant program, meaning we prioritize projects that have not yet started or are within their first year. Projects should focus on terrestrial and shoreline-associated animals (including invertebrates). We do not generally fund marine work. We do not fund projects that propose lethal solutions to human/wildlife conflict. We do not fund wildlife rehabilitation work.
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 supplementary information that allows us to learn more about your project or institution.
If you are a graduate student, please include a letter of support from your advisor. Letters can either be submitted by you immediately after you submit 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 have access to after submitting your proposal. Files should be saved as YourLastName_GrantLetter1; YourLastName_GrantLetter2, etc. prior to uploading.
Please note: we are not a large foundation financially backed by wealthy individuals, organizations, or endowments and we receive many more inquiries than we could possibly fund. We are fully supported by our growing grassroots network of small recurring donors; if you value the work we do (including this grants program) and wish we could do more then we hope you will consider joining this network.
How to Apply for a Grant
The 2022 seed grant application period has ended. All applicants have been informed of this year’s winners.
- Please check back during the first half of 2023 for an update on our next call for proposals.
- If you would like to prepare early, you can find a list of application questions from last time here.
Previously Funded Projects
Juan Camilo Cepeda Duque, (Universidad de los Andes): Searching for the Colombian weasel (Neogale felipei): the rarest and least known carnivore of South America.
Paolla Nicole Franco (IPÊ – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research)): Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative (LTCI): TAPIRS AND THE CITY.
Francisco García Erize (Asociación Civil Germinar Zona Norte (Germinar ONG)): Reducing the negative impact of domestic livestock on biodiversity by excluding them from the Achala Nature Reserve.
Diego Torres, (Nativa Ong): Field data for the based-evidence management and conservation of the Neotropical otter in a highly threatened dry forest fragment in the Cauca River in Colombia.
Valentín Zárate & Sara Petracchini (Instituto de Biología Subtropical (IBS), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) – Universidad Nacional de Misiones (UNaM), Misiones, Argentina): Conflict mitigation of primates in plantation landscapes: black capuchin monkeys (Sapajus nigritus) as a model.
Mariana Catapani (Institute for the Conservation of Wild Animals): Reducing injuries and deaths due to domestic dogs and giant anteater encounters through a community awareness and engagement program.
George Gbarwea (Centre for Environment, Forest Conservation and Research (CENFOR)): Saving the critically endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) through mitigating human-chimpanzee conflicts in Nimba County, Northern Liberia.
Angelena Efstathiou (African Bat Conservation): Reducing conflict between people and bats in Malawi.
Omobayo Ghislain Zoffoun (GeoEnvironment and Biodiversity Conservation [GeoEBC-NGO]): Human Non-human primate conflict mitigation in Togbota landscape: implementation of a crop loss reduction plan.
Suzanne Turnock (Borneo Nature Foundation): False Gharial (Tomistoma schlegellii) surveys in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo: a first step towards species conservation in the region.
Lauren Pharr (North Carolina State University): The effects of anthropogenic noise and light pollution on songbird physiology.
Sneha Dharwadkar (Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises Foundation): Conserving the Leith’s softshell turtle through status surveys and community engagement in Maharashtra, India.
Miroslav Kutal (Friends of the Earth Czech Republic): Community science and photomonitoring of wolves in the Czech Republic.
Ikponke Nkanta (Tropical Research and Conservation Centre): Primate inventory and conservation in Ikea River Basin, Southern Nigeria.
Karl and Diane Roeder (University of Oklahoma and Cameron University): The ants of Oklahoma project.
Diogo Veríssimo (University of Oxford): Lost and Found.
Wade Boys (University of Arkansas): Surveys, modeling, and prioritization for rare, endemic dragonflies across the Ozark-Ouachita region.
Lauren Hennelly (UC-Davis): Assessing the status and distribution of wolves in Pakistan using genetics.
Carla X. Neri Barrios (Soluciones Ambientales Itzeni, A.C., Mexico): A children’s book as a conservation education tool for awareness of the natural history of the lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae).
Zackary Graham (Arkansas State University): Field observations on the aggressive behavior of Ringed Crayfish in Colorado.
Adam Mitchell (University of Delaware): Determining impacts of plant invasion on native arthropod diversity in the Mid-Atlantic.
Erin Spencer (UNC-Chapel Hill): One fish, true fish: combatting seafood mislabeling in the United States.
Marina Garrido Priego (Osa Conservation): Creating the first conservation action plan for the endemic and endangered Golfo Dulce Poison Dart Frog using citizen science and tiny-tech.
Marie-Michaire LIMA (University of Abomey Calavi):
Diversity and occupancy of mammals on Lama Forest, Southern Benin.
Sagar Raj Kandel (Tribhuvan University): Status and prey preference of leopard in Kamdi Corridor Banke, Nepal.
Hannington Ochieng (Busitema University): Biological assessment of River Aturukuku in Tororo, Uganda: A tropical river with potential environmental threats from its basins.
Dr. Sarah Edwards (AfriCat Foundation): Investigating the potential impact of climate change on aardvark within north-central Namibia.
Marc Filla (Georg-August-University Göttingen): Conservation ecology and mitigation of conflicts between livestock owners and threatened snow leopards (Panthera uncia).
Jon Johnston (Nepal Tiger Trust): Employing citizen science to monitor and conserve tigers in the buffer zones of Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
Larissa Iasiello (Flinders University): Correlation between little penguin’s (Eudyptula minor) breeding distribution and habitat preference.
Susan Sheward (Orangutan Appeal UK): Patrol and fire-fighting teams to protect and conserve the Sabangau Forest in Indonesia.
Cody Crawford (University of Iowa – Museum of Natural History): Egghead: a free, public domain educational card game which teaches children 12 and under about the nests and eggs of common North American birds.
Tana Nulph (Big Hole Watershed Committee): Production of the Big Hole Watershed wildlife conflict brochure.
Daniel Gomes da Rocha (UC-Davis): Do hydroelectric reservoirs affect mammal communities in adjacent continuous forest in the Amazon?
Thomas Sharp (Wildlife SOS): Living with Sloth Bears: a film to stay safe in Sloth Bear country.
Tilak Thapamagar: Habitat and threat assessment of Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster) in Langtang National Park, Nepal.
Sebastian Harris (Rutgers University): Exploring the Relationship Between Reptile and Amphibian Diversity and Allegheny Mound Ant Colonies in Pennsylvania.
Jennifer McCarthy (Lincoln University): A hopeful future for small cats in Panama: A children’s book to combat human-small cat conflict in the Mamoni Valley.
Estela Luengos (INBIOSUR, CONICET – Universidad Nacional del Sur): Testing tools for the mitigation of carnivore-livestock conflicts in central Argentina.
Amy Darr (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife): Expanding the coastal marten population distribution and density monitoring effort.
Raju Acharya (Friends of Nepal): Nepal Owl Festival 2020.
Ikponke Nkanta (Tropical Research and Conservation Centre): Conservation of endangered sea turtles nesting along the Akassa Coast, Nigeria.
Trang Nguyen (WildAct Vietnam): Evaluation and reduction of gender-based violence as a barrier to achieving wildlife conservation objectives in Vietnam.
Toni Hermann (Young Pioneers for Development): Incorporating women into conservation work focused on the Olive Colobus Monkey in Benin.