The National Geographic Society: Inviting applications for ‘Big Cats Initiative’ to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs.

Funding brief: The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative seeks to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs. The goal of this RFP is to identify projects that will help halt the decline of big cats worldwide. Projects may be based in any of a broad spectrum of conservation, education, development, and scientific ventures, but projects with direct, quantifiable methods for saving big cats in their native landscapes will be most successful.

The Big Cats Conservation RFP covers the following species:
● Lion
● Cheetah
● Leopard
● Tiger
● Snow Leopard
● Clouded Leopard
● Sunda Clouded Leopard
● Jaguar
● Puma

Details: Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:
● Run anti-poaching programs;
● Perform interventions to reduce big cat mortalities;
● Build and maintain livestock enclosures that protect livestock from predation and cats from retaliatory killings;
● Provide educational opportunities that increase knowledge of the threats to big cats and promote participation in big cat conservation efforts;
● Test new technology;
● Establish economic incentives for local people to ensure long-term survival of big cats;
● For cheetahs, seek to fulfill the recommendations from formal regional strategies and national action plans.
● When applying for this RFP, please select Wildlife in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application.

Donor Name: The National Geographic Society
Funding name: Big Cats Initiative

Deadline: 10th, July, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Typical proposal requests should be less than $50,000; however, applicants may request up to $100,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance.) Up to 15 percent can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000).

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

● You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. However, you may be a project member or co-applicant on multiple grants simultaneously. You must submit a final report and media from any previous grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.
● Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant.
● Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.
● All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. There is no upper age limit for Early Career Grants. However, if you have more than five years of full-time, professional experience in the field of your project focus, you do not qualify for an Early Career Grant. Time in graduate school does not count toward this experience limit. Visit our Grant Opportunities page for more information about grant types.
● They encourage applications from around the world. If you are planning to work outside of your home country, you must include the name and contact information for at least one local collaborator as a project team member in the application. Please note that the National Geographic Society does not assist with visas.

● As a result of changes in Chinese law effective January 1, 2017, the National Geographic Society is unable to support new grantee work in mainland China. This applies to any individual or organization proposing work in mainland China, regardless of citizenship. They will still accept applications from residents of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau as long as the proposed work is outside of mainland China. The National Geographic Society continues to actively pursue registration with the Chinese government and will restart grant making once the registration process is complete.
● You may be required to obtain an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license through the U.S. Treasury before the National Geographic Society will deliberate on your application if you are a resident/citizen, or are proposing to conduct fieldwork, in an OFAC-sanctioned country or region. See further information about these restrictions on the OFAC website. Please work with your legal counsel to determine what authorizations are required.
● You are prohibited from engaging in any grant-funded work with any individual or organization who is on the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Treasury. Again, please work with your legal counsel if you have any questions.

● Applicants are responsible for securing all necessary permits and agreeing to the National Geographic Society’s ethics policies. Grant applications require compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Bribery Act, and other anti-corruption laws. Virtually every country where we conduct grant-related activities has laws that prohibit corruption, including bribery. Some of these laws apply globally, including the U.S. FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act. They take compliance with these laws very seriously. We expect our grantees to maintain the highest standards of ethical behaviour, honesty, fairness, and transparency. They do not pay bribes or engage in other forms of corrupt financial conduct, and we will not tolerate a grantee or anyone else doing so with our funds.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:
● Guideline:
● Form (Proposal):
  Sample Application:
● About:
● Regional strategies and national action plans:

How to apply:
● You must apply using the online application ( in the Grants Portal.  They do not accept mailed or emailed applications. All application materials must be in English.
● All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about the topic and a plan for evaluating the outcomes of the proposed work.

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