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Africa Seed Grants Program

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $3,500

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Africa

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world


With generous support from the Cleveland Zoological Society, the Africa Seed Grants Program provides funds to support field conservation and research projects in Africa. Annual awards ranging from $1000 to $3500 will be made to conservation and research initiatives involving wildlife and their habitats, and educational or cultural activities that involve or impact wildlife and their habitats. Ideal projects have clear and direct conservation impact, positively affect local people and create opportunities for capacity building in country.

Focus Areas

Projects focusing on the following areas of special interest to the Zoo are strongly encouraged to apply:     

  • Wildlife protection (law enforcement, illegal wildlife trade issues, etc.)    
  • Human wildlife conflict mitigation    
  • Development and promotion of sustainable environmental practices    
  • Habitat protection and restoration (terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems)    
  • Capacity-building, education/training, community-based conservation and development    
  • Conservation biology, ecology and natural history studies (terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Requests for funds should provide adequate information for evaluation of the project and the specific request, including a detailed experimental design and methodology
  • Projects should begin in the year that they are applying for funding, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end point.
  • Partial funding of a project may be considered if a particular component of the project can be supported and completed independently, or if it is made clear that additional funding has been obtained or is being sought from other sources to cover remaining costs.
  • Subsequent phases of previously funded projects may be submitted.
  • Applicants previously funded through one of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s competitive grants programs may apply for additional funding for the same or a new project only after all of the requirements have been met for the previously funded grant.
    • If applying for additional funds for the same project, the applicant is limited to two grants.
  • There is no limit to the number of applications one can submit for different projects.
  • The application process is the same for both new and second-time applicants.


  • Species/taxa based projects that focus on species within the Zoo’s collection will be given priority.


  • After two grants have been awarded for a project, the PI is not eligible to apply for further funding for that project.
  • Funds will not be awarded for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are made.
  • Although exceptions can be made, ongoing costs such as salaries of permanent staff and other administrative costs are generally not considered.
  • Funds to cover contingencies or indirect costs are not granted.
  • Proposals requesting more than the maximum amount of funds allowed for the specific grant program will not be accepted.
  • Highly invasive, terminal research projects or projects that collect/voucher specimens will not be considered for funding.