Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund

Audubon Naturalist Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 6, 2021

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Micronesia; Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



The Fund honors Orville Crowder and Don Messersmith, two leaders in nature tourism, as a means to further global nature conservation. The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund, together with the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) nature travel program, allows ANS members to experience and promote other cultures and environments and to help promote conservation awareness and protection beyond the United States. The fund helps small, local conservation and/or education projects in developing countries. Its grants provide seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources.

Grants have provided more than 75 projects with start-up costs since 1974. ANS has administered the Fund since 1999. In 2011, the Fund supported projects to help protect and preserve endangered species in Oceania, Africa, and Asia. Two of the species that benefited from the grants are listed by the IUCN as near-threatened; the third is critically endangered.

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


  • Projects must:
    •  be outside the United States or other developed country;
    •  involve the local population;
    •  if research, just be for conservation purposes rather than to obtain scientific data;
    • have a benefit to the human, plant and animal populations of a particular habitat in an ecological sustainable manner;
    • have a lasting significance to local residents;
    • protect threatened or endangered species or habitats;
    • have a public education component.
  • United States researchers planning work in foreign countries must have at least one local collaborator and consider how the project will benefit the local communities.
  • Funds must go for:
    • salaries,
    • material and publication development,
    • meeting and training costs,
    • field trip costs.


  • Preference is given to applicants who have a record of prior conservation action relevant to the proposed project.
  • Applicants from countries other than the United States are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Preference is given to projects that will benefit human, plant and animal communities of a particular habitat in an ecologically sustainable manner. 


  •  Funds are not for international travel or overhead expenses, taxes, utilities or insurance.