CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund

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Now Accepting Grant Inquiry E-Mails! Due June 28, 2019

Promoting Conservation, Protecting Species

The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund is now accepting new proposals for the 2019 Fall funding cycle.  Projects should focus on conservation and research of specific threatened, vulnerable or endangered species or a specific habitat that is of high biological value or that is substantially threatened (IUCN Red List). This includes projects that will quantitatively assess population and environmental status with indications of best conservation strategy and projects that will help achieve sustainable relations between local people and the species of concern. The development of educational projects and training that assist in building local conservation capacity are given higher priority.

CBOT Endangered Species Fund is open to SSC Specialist Group Chairs and Officers, AZA/WAZA Chairs and Officers, and all interested researchers. Groups should select and submit only one proposal per funding cycle that has been ranked as the highest funding priority and endorsed by the group. Individual researchers may submit only one proposal per funding cycle. The Fund supports small projects usually up to $5,000. It should be noted that no international travel will be funded by the grant.

GRANT INQUIRY EMAIL: The Chicago Zoological Society CBOT Endangered Species Fund requires each applicant to submit an initial Grant Inquiry E-Mail before inviting a full proposal. 

These are due on June 28, 2019 and should be submitted via email to CBOT@CZS.org. CZS staff will invite full proposals no later than July 22, 2019.  Instructions for full proposals will be emailed with the invitation. If invited, full proposals will be due August 30, 2019.

Please note Grant Inquiry E-mails must be in English and contain the following information:

  • Principal Investigators’ full name
  • Organizational or institutional affiliation
  • Indicate if you are an officer or director of IUCN, AZA or WAZA
  • Project Title
  • Total Amount of Project Budget (in American Dollars)
  • Request Amount (in American Dollars)
  • Country or Region where the project will take place
  • Species or habitat of focus
  • Project partners
  • Brief overview of project (1,200 characters); Please include long-term conservation impact and specific threats to wildlife or habitat that your program addresses.

CZS Chicago Board of Trade Project Criteria