Asia Seed Grants Program

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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

Next anticipated deadline: Nov 6, 2018 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 22, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Asia

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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With generous support from the Cleveland Zoological Society, the Asia Seed Grants Program provides funds to support field conservation and research projects in Asia. 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.


  • Field conservation and research projects must take place in Asia.
  • Funding is provided to projects that are consistent with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's mission "To improve the future for wildlife".
  • Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component.
  • 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.
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is not required to be a collaborator for a project to be eligible for funding.


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


  • Proposals requesting more than the maximum amount of funds allowed for the specific grant program will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Highly invasive, terminal research projects or projects that collect/voucher specimens will not be considered for funding.

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