In 2018 The Alongside Wildlife Foundation began a small-grants program to help fund projects that are important yet typically overlooked by most funding agencies and organizations. For example, there have been increasing calls to recognize and appreciate natural history but the necessary research is rarely prioritized; now The Alongside Wildlife Foundation can help fund projects that generate this basic but vital information about the species alongside us. Are you working on implementing science-based strategies that allow people to share landscapes with wildlife? Consider applying. Finally, many scientists and science communicators are facing pressure to reach out and engage with new audiences, but there are few funding opportunities to facilitate and encourage necessary collaborations. Now The Alongside Wildlife Foundation can help.
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 I hope you will consider joining this network.
How to Apply for a Grant
Please contact us and briefly tell us about your project and how it relates to either 1) collecting data (including basic natural history information) that can inform plans that allow people to live alongside wildlife, 2) communicating science to communities with the goal of reducing human/wildlife conflict, 3) implementing science-based strategies for living alongside wildlife populations and/or the 4) America’s Hidden Salamanders Initiative. Let us know how a small grant (under $1,000) can help make your project a reality (3-4 sentences); if we feel your interests align with the mission of the foundation, we will provide a grant application. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to otherwise acknowledge inquiries at this time. If English is not your first language, please feel free to reach out to us informally to help ensure you are providing all relevant information.
Previously Funded Projects
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.