The Walt Disney Company: Inviting applications for ‘the Disney Conservation Fund’ to give priority consideration to holistic programs addressing a significant conservation need.

Funding brief: The Disney Conservation Fund gives priority consideration to holistic programs addressing a significant conservation need (or projects that are part of a program) which reflect:
● Education and community engagement, including measuring results
● Sustainable development programs directly connected to protecting species and habitats
● Scientific field studies on species and habitats (the Disney Conservation Fund does not fund ex-situ projects/project components)
● Although the fund recognizes that basic science is a critical first step in conservation initiatives, preference is given to projects where there is a significant conservation action component

Criteria:
● The proposal should be cooperative in nature and may have matching funds.
● The proposal should clearly contribute to the conservation of endangered or threatened species in the wild, their habitats and engage the communities that surround them through community-based education programs or support sustainable community development projects that assist people in protecting nature.
● The proposal should build on previous work including an established commitment to a conservation program OR is well suited to become or contribute to a long-term conservation program.
● The principle investigator affirms that the welfare of the animals identified in this study is not compromised. Specifically, the principle investigator affirms that:
 Capture/restraint techniques minimize stress and the potential for physical injury or psychological harm
 Immobilization/anesthesia is done under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or other trained professional
 Exposure to noxious stimuli and presumptive negative effects are minimized with administration of anesthetic and/or analgesic agents where appropriate

Donor Name: The Walt Disney Company
Funding name: The Disney Conservation Fund

Deadline:
● Inquiry Deadline: The deadline to submit inquiries for the 2019 granting cycle is October, 17th, 2018.
● Proposals Due: 11:59pm, EST, February 15th, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● The DCF will consider requests for a maximum of $50,000 to be provided over a grant period of two years. Organizations that received a grant for a project in one granting cycle may not apply for additional funds for the same project during the next granting cycle; projects become eligible to re-apply in the second year of the two-year grant period. (Note: Organizations that have received a grant can submit an application for a different project during the next granting cycle, following the online inquiry process.)
● Overall budget may be larger and incorporate several financial partners. The budget may be allocated in whatever way makes the most sense for your program; i.e. $30,000 in the first year, $20,000 in the second year, etc.
● The Disney Conservation Fund will not award funds at less than 80 percent of the amount requested. For example, if the requested amount is $50,000, the awarded amount would be no less than $40,000. Most grants are able to be funded at the full amount requested.

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Two years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● This project is based on in-situ research of species and/or habitats AND incorporates meaningful community conservation education/engagement.

● They encourage scientists, students and institutions to work with nonprofit organizations to apply. Only charitable organizations may apply, and organizations must meet eligibility requirements.
● The Disney Conservation Fund does not accept applications directly from government agencies and will not fund any budget items that support government officials, staff, agencies, etc. that may be working with your organization on a conservation project. Colleges and universities may have to apply either through or in conjunction with their school’s foundation or in partnership with another non-profit organization. They accept applications from Ph.D. level faculty focused on long term conservation programs. Graduate students can be involved in the project but cannot be the primary investigator
● Graduate students can not directly apply but can be included in a Ph.D. level faculty project that is part of an established program or a new initiative that establishes objectives for a long term conservation impact. Tuition is not funded.
● Non-US charity organizations without US 501(c)(3) nonprofit status may apply directly for Disney Conservation Fund support and are no longer required to identify a US 501(c)3 nonprofit intermediary if they meet certain criteria. To be considered eligible, non-US charity organizations without US 501(c)(3) status must be considered a nonprofit/charity organization in their own country, please refer to TechSoup’s local NGO definitions for additional details.
● The Disney Conservation Fund allows infrastructure budget items with associated detail and justification where large cost items are concerned. This includes the construction of buildings, enclosures, etc. and they ask that you provide detail in the budget for these items to understand the specific cost breakdown within each component.

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

Region (Based on DCF Review Committees) Priority Areas *
Africa Egypt, South Africa
Asia Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Vietnam
Central/South America Antigua, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Castaway Cay, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Nassau, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Suriname, The Bahamas, Uruguay, Venezuela
Europe/Middle East/Australia Albania, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanese Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Turkey United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom/ Ireland
Marine *any projects focused on aquatic/marine species will be considered by this committee Alaska, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, California, Castaway Cay, Cayman Islands, China, Eastern Gulf of Mexico (especially in/near Florida), Grenada, Hawaii, Indo-Pacific, Jamaica, Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, The Bahamas and Western Atlantic; will also consider marine projects occurring near other priority areas listed
North America USA: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington; Mexico; Canada: Alberta, British Columbia (Vancouver), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

*Please note this list is subject to change

.● Organizations may submit one project application for each of the six (6) geographic regions above, see #12 for details. They will also consider support for projects focused on species/habitats featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot. If you are interested in applying for conservation funding but your project takes place outside of the above priority areas, please contact the DCF team at Corp.Conservation@disney.com  to share the country where your project takes place and the species you are focused on to see if it may be considered.

Submission mail: Not found

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● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

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