AArk Seed Grant

Amphibian Ark

Grant amount: Up to US $6,000

Deadline: Nov 1, 2018

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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This $5,000 competitive grant is designed to fund small start-up rescue projects for species that cannot currently be saved in the wild.

Funding Priorities


  • Focusing on species whose threats cannot be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction and who therefore require ex situ intervention to persist
  • Working with species within their native range country
  • Involving range-country biologists
  • Adhering to recommended biosecurity standards for ex situ programs
  • Linking ex situ programs to in situ conservation
  • Involving partnerships to maximize the likelihood of the program’s long-term sustainability

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Eligible projects:

  • Required:
    • An ex situ component. While we do highly value  in situ  conservation, research, assessment, and education, our funds are extremely limited and so we must insist that all proposals include an  ex situ  component.  In situ  conservation, research, assessment, and education can be included as valuable components of any  good project that otherwise focuses on rescuing species  ex situ . Ideally, our support of  ex situ  components helps secure funds for these other components as we tend not to fund “graphic panels” or other components for which other funding could be found.
    • Working with species that need to be rescued. Projects must relate to rescuing species whose threats can- not be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction and which therefore require urgent  ex situ  intervention to persist. This status should be determined by relevant field experts, e.g., the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group field experts through AArk Conservation Needs Assessment Workshops, or similar  processes. While we appreciate efforts to keep regionally threatened but globally stable species common,  our limited funds are restricted to projects involving species that need help at a global level.
    • Working with species within their native range country. Unless capacity absolutely cannot be built in the range country in time to prevent imminent extinction, the AArk will not fund projects that remove animals from their range country. In addition, every effort should be made to enable national biologists to lead the program.
    • Adhering to recommended biosecurity standards. Regardless of where the rescue population is held, measures must be taken to isolate it from allopatric (non-overlapping) species that might be in the collection as well as from the original threat (e.g., chytrid), except where a valid scientific argument can be made to the contrary. Please refer to our recommended biosecurity standards.
    • Newly launched programs. The concept of a ‘seed’ grant is to fund projects at the very beginning of their life in order to help them attract larger and/or long-term funding for the duration of the program. We do not favour projects that are already well established or have significant funding, although we do not mind seeing some funding in place for complementary components (like fieldwork or education).

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