Small Grant Application

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The Shark Conservation Fund (SCF) is a philanthropic collaboration dedicated to solving the global shark and ray crisis. Our goal is to halt the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, prevent extinctions, reverse population declines and restore imperiled species through strategic and catalytic grantmaking.  SCF is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., a registered 501c3 public charity.  The SCF believes that major investments are urgently needed worldwide in policy development, outreach and advocacy, conservation science, communications and media and capacity building. Our goals are to:

  1. Ensure effective regulation of global trade in shark and ray products through listing the top species of sharks and rays in global trade on CITES Appendices and implementing those listings; 
  2. Prevent the extinction of the most imperiled sharks and rays by enhancing legal protections in priority countries and international forums; and
  3. Combat unsustainable shark and ray fishing globally through the adoption and implementation of conservation and management measures through international forums and in priority countries.

The Small Grant Fund supports these priorities by providing grants that do not exceed $25,000 and one-year duration. Small Grant proposals are solicited twice a year through a request for proposal process; up to 10 projects will be funded from each request. There is no guarantee that the submission of a Small Grant proposal will lead to funding. 

Types of projects eligible for Small Grants include:

 · Emerging conservation opportunities that require a quick turnaround;
· Small scientific studies, reports, or evaluations that are directly linked to efforts to advance shark and ray conservation policy
· Scoping larger shark and ray conservation and management projects; and
· Capacity building for small NGOs, especially in developing countries.

Priority will be given to:

  1. Applicants that have not previously received funding from the SCF;
  2. Projects that help implement the SCF’s investment strategy;
  3. Projects that are directly linked to efforts to improve shark and ray conservation policy; and
  4. Small NGOs in developing countries.

Only individuals, or groups of individuals, associated with a non-profit organization or an academic institution are eligible to receive funding. Undergraduate and graduate students may receive funding for discrete projects that will lead directly to improved shark and ray conservation and will produce results in one year. Only one application per entity will be considered if the applicant is a non-profit organization, but multiple applications from individuals associated with an academic institution will be considered.

To apply, please complete a Letter of Interest form by 5:00 pm EST February 22, 2019. If a proposal is requested, applicants will be notified by March 4, 2019 and asked to complete an on-line application form by March 22, 2019, also by 5:00pm EST. You may access the SCF online application portal here

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact [email protected]. To view previous successful Small Grant projects, click here.