Neotropical Bird Club: Conservation Fund

Neotropical Bird Fund


Grant amount: US $1,500 - US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 1, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Caribbean, Central America, South America

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Overview:

Small grants have been hailed for the big positive impacts they can have for biodiversity and communities in return for a small initial investment. The NBC aims to promote “an interest in Neotropical birds and their conservation”. To help fulfil the conservation objective, we administer a Conservation Awards Programme.

Small grants are awarded to Neotropical nationals to support conservation projects directly involving globally threatened bird species or globally important sites within the region. Past beneficiaries have included both professional and amateur ornithologists and ecologists, students, park guards, NGO staff and environmental consultants. Beneficiaries are required to provide reports for publication in Neotropical Birding or articles for the Club’s journal Cotinga. NBC also aims to enhance the appreciation of birds and their conservation among local communities through the programme.

To achieve this, projects are judged on their consideration of local engagement and conservation outreach. A key aim is to build local and national capacity for conservation: in many cases awards help the beneficiaries to develop skills and experience towards long-term involvement in conservation.

The NBC Conservation Awards Programme invites applications for one of three categories of award the Club is able to offer:

  • Small grants – up to $1,500: available for projects implementing direct conservation actions, or conservation research. Awards are only given to projects carried out by nationals and/or residents of countries in the Neotropics (i.e. the Caribbean, Middle America and South America).
  • Medium grants – up to $3,000: available for projects implementing direct conservation actions, or conservation research. Awards are only given to projects carried out by nationals and/or residents of countries in the Neotropics (i.e. the Caribbean, Middle America and South America).
  • Juan Mazar Barnett award – up to $5,000: this award has been created in Juan’s memory following a generous donation from his family. One award can be given annually in this category. The award seeks to encourage early-career Neotropical bird conservationists and researchers, and will be presented for the NBC conservation award proposal that best captures Juan’s spirit: technical expertise combined with a passion for birds and bird conservation.

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

Eligibility:

  • NBC advises that, other than in exceptional cases, awards will only be given to projects that meet all of the following criteria:
    • Projects with a total budget small enough for the NBC award to be a significant proportion of that total.
    • Projects that are likely to achieve constructive local engagement in some form, such as environmental education in local communities, working with local decision-making or land-management organisations, or local/international publicity.
    • Projects that are likely to achieve global conservation benefit.
      • This means that the project must target either globally threatened species or globally important sites, as defined below, in order to be eligible for funding, unless there is an exceptional reason to waive this rule (e.g. species new to science).
      • It is essential that your project makes a direct contribution to species or site conservation, or as a minimum is developed in close collaboration with a conservation agency or organisation.
    • Globally threatened species — those on the IUCN’s global red list
      • Environmental education projects that encourage the conservation of threatened species or globally important sites are eligible.
    • Site-based projects must focus on the conservation of either:
      • an Important Bird Area (IBA), or an area proposed as an IBA or recently found to qualify for designation as an IBA
      • or a site within an Endemic Bird Area (EBA) holding habitats that are important to the restricted-range bird species that define the EBA
      • or a protected or potentially protected area that holds or is expected to hold Threatened or Near Threatened bird species.
        • More information on IBAs and EBAs and how they are designated can be read here.
  • Regarding molecular-based projects, the Council is happy to consider projects which seek to determine whether or not a currently globally threatened species is a valid taxon at the species level, e.g. through DNA analysis.
    • These projects must also have a meaningful practical conservation component.
    • Even if the results from the analyses suggest that a taxon that had been considered a Threatened species does not deserve species status, the conservation action aspects of the project still need to be carried out given that they will still be benefiting a Threatened taxon or distinctive population.
    • Only in the instance that a taxon that had been considered a Threatened species and is now regarded as a hybrid should the conservation action aspect of the project be changed – other Threatened species in the area or a more generalised campaign would be appropriate alternative approaches. 
  • The Club will consider applications that contribute directly to an academic qualification, but account will be taken of any other funding sources available to the applicant.

Ineligibility:

  • We do not fund projects that lack a strong conservation focus, e.g. pure avian biology research. 
  • Note that the NBC does not fund work on species that are only threatened at the national level, and, only rarely funds projects on the globally threatened subspecies of birds that are not threatened at the species level.