SCI Foundation: Conservation Matching Grants

Safari Club International Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Next deadline: Mar 1, 2019

Later deadlines: Jun 1, 2019, Sep 1, 2019, Dec 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Conservation Matching Grants help SCI Chapters accomplish conservation projects that further the mission of SCI/F. At the same time, they build partnerships with state and federal agencies, organizations and other SCI Chapters. SCI Foundation, as an organization, is proud to fund Chapter projects because they portray how hunters are seriously involved in conservation. Conservation efforts include those projects that lead to the sustainable management of natural resources.

The trend is to consider conservation not only in terms of huntable game populations, but also as the maintenance of functioning ecosystems which sustain quality habitat for all wildlife species. Since the costs associated with conservation efforts are escalating, no one organization can conserve wildlife on their own. Public and private coalitions are quickly becoming a mode by which significant conservation projects can be implemented. Such coalitions allow SCI/F to form and to participate in associations which further its mission of on-the-ground conservation.

Safari Club Chapters should strive to keep conservation-related projects mission oriented and aligned with the goals developed in SCI Foundation strategic planning sessions.

Conservation grant requests should be aligned with the following criteria:

Wildlife Management

Wildlife management refers to the active implementation of techniques or equipment to manage wildlife populations or their habitats.

Examples of management projects may include:

  • Population surveys, monitoring projects and species inventories
  • Development and implementation of wildlife management plans
  • Purchase of equipment for state agencies to conduct management prescriptions
  • Reintroduction and translocation of species where they once occurred
  • Habitat manipulation or enhancement projects


Research projects should be credible programs carried out by qualified individuals with specific objectives. These objectives should enhance our abilities to sustain habitat and populations of all wildlife.

  • Research of predators and their influence on prey
  • Behavior and ecology of a species
  • Development and evaluation of wildlife management techniques, population surveys and modeling
  • Wildlife disease research
  • Species habitat associations, habitat quality and habitat modeling
  • Studies of hunters and their interaction with wildlife and with each other (qualitative and quantitative surveys)


Enforcement includes activities associated with regulating wildlife use such as harvesting, access, and the enforcement of wildlife laws.

Examples of enforcement projects may include:-

  • Supporting state agency anti-poaching efforts (purchase of animated anti-poaching decoys)
  • Supporting state agency enforcement efforts (purchase of enforcement equipment)

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


  • Matching grants are for SCI Chapters.
  • To be eligible for a matching grant, a Chapter must be in compliance according to the SCI/F bylaws quoted in Article XVI, section 1 through 5.
  • Grant requests from Chapters/Committees in existence for less than 12 months will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Matching Grants Committee only.


  • No matching grant can be given to any political party campaign, or be used for any political purpose, even if it is related to wildlife conservation such as a ballot initiative.