Ulysses S. Seal Grant

Minnesota Zoo

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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In an effort to extend the Minnesota Zoo’s conservation footprint, the Zoo has a program to help fund conservation projects in wildlife habitats around the world. The Zoo’s Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Program awards small grants to projects promoting the conservation of wildlife.  The funding for this program comes exclusively from private contributions. 

The Ulysses S. Seal Fund honors a man who inspired the Minnesota Zoo to achieve greatness. He served as one of our first board chairs and founded the International Species Information System (ISIS).  He was also the originator and chair of the IUCN’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. He believed in the value of all species and worked to conserve as many as he was able. For his extraordinary wisdom and vision, he was showered with medals and awards from zoos worldwide, but it is here at the Minnesota Zoo where his legacy began, and continues in a fund named after him.

Since its inception in 2002, the fund has awarded over $387,000 to 125 projects in 47 countries.

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


  • To receive support, applicants must contact a Minnesota Zoo staff member to "champion" the project. 


  • Funding priority is given to field-based conservation, but worthy zoo-based projects are considered.