Wild Sheep Foundation: Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Funding

Wild Sheep Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Canada, Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, California Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Formally established in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is a non-profit conservation organization with over 6,600 members, around the globe. WSF operates as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, under a July 1-June 30 fiscal year.

WSF is dedicated to promoting and enhancing populations of wild sheep and their habitats throughout North America, and internationally. Since inception, WSF and our network of Chapters and Affiliates have raised and invested more than $115 million for conservation and management of wild sheep. As specified in our Mission Statement, WSF’s objectives are to:

  • Enhance wild sheep populations and their habitats;
  • Promote scientific wildlife management;
  • Educate the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting;
  • Promote the interests of the hunter and all stakeholders.

WSF GIA funding decisions will be driven by our North American Conservation Vision 2020; GIA applicants are directed to closely review the NA CV2020 document, to ensure project proposals address one or more of the listed priority goals for thinhorn sheep and/or bighorn sheep. 

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


  • Projects must address one of the following North American Conservation Vision 2020  priority goals: 
  • WSF Thinhorn Sheep Goals by 2020 (please review NA CV2020, to understand detailed goals)
    • Thinhorn Sheep Management Plans
    • Effective Separation Strategies
    • 2017 Thinhorn Sheep Summit II
    • Inclusion of the NW Territories in the WAFWA Wild Sheep Working Group
    • Public Outreach
    • Access for Management of Thinhorn Sheep
  • WSF Bighorn Sheep Goals by 2020 (please review NA CV2020, to understand detailed goals)
    • Bighorn Sheep Management Plans
    • Effective Separation Strategies
    • Applied Disease Research
    • Agency Leadership Education
    • Public Outreach
    • Domestic Sheep Industry Partnership
    • WAFWA Disease Management Venture Support
    • Risk Assessment
    • Access for Management of Bighorn Sheep
    • BLM Feral Horse & Burro Appropriate Management Levels
    • Population Management/Ewe Harvest
    • Hunting Opportunity
    • Youth Outreach
    • 2018 Bighorn Sheep Summit I
    • Mexico Desert Bighorn Sheep Management
    • Inclusion of 6 States in Mexico + SEMARNAT in the WAFWA Wild Sheep Working Group

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. At least one applicant must be a member in good standing of WSF.


  • WSF rarely acts as the sole funding source for projects; we prefer to receive proposals that reflect cooperator and partner matching funds, especially in jurisdictions where WSF helps raise funds via auction tags.
    • Matching dollars and/or in-kind labor are not required, but are considered favorably during proposal review and evaluation
  • Additional consideration will be given to proposals submitted by WSF members.
  • Proposals that have been well-coordinated with, and developed collaboratively between, WSF Chapters & Affiliates and applicants (e.g., state/provincial/ territorial/tribal agencies, universities, consultants, individuals, organizations, etc.) will be most welcome.


  • WSF does not fund programs/projects that repeat past research.
  • Applicants must not currently have an out-of-compliance WSF GIA project. Proposals will be found ineligible if the applicant has had past performance issue(s) (e.g., violated terms of a WSF Grant Agreement within previous 5 years).
  • WSF does not typically fund salaries/fringe benefits to agency project personnel.
  • WSF does not typically act as sole purchaser of fee-title lands.
  • WSF does not typically fund large-capital (> $5,000) equipment expenditures.
  • WSF grant funds cannot be used for general administrative overhead or indirect costs of any kind.