Funding brief: The Fund honors Orville Crowder and Don and Sherry Messersmith, leaders in nature tourism, as a means to further global nature conservation. The Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund, together with the Audubon Naturalist Society, helps fund small, local conservation and education projects in developing countries by providing seed money to communities and individuals whose projects have not attracted major support from other sources.
Grants have provided more than 160 projects in over 55 countries with start-up costs since 1974. ANS has administered the Fund since 1999.
ANS Crowder-Messersmith Fund Committee recently awarded four 2017 grants for conservation education to:
● Promoting conservation of the endangered goliath frog and slippery frog through education in Dikome Balue municipality, Rumpi Hills, Cameroon.
● Conservation education focused on the endangered Goliath Grouper for Belizean students and the local community.
● Education of indigenous people near a priority site of the critically endangered Ecuadorian brown-headed spider monkey.
● Building capacity of Cross River communities to protect the largest remaing rainforest in Nigeria from destruction due to a planned 6-lane highway.
Donor Name: Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS)
Funding name: Crowder-Messersmith Fund
Deadline: Applications are accepted beginning September, 1st, 2018. Deadline for receipt is December, 15th, 2018.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: The maximum grant for 1 year is $2000.
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: 1 year
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: Preference is given to projects that will benefit human, plant and animal communities of a particular habitat in an ecologically sustainable manner. Projects must have:
● A benefit to the human, plant and animal populations of a particular habitat in an ecological sustainable manner
● A lasting significance to local residents
● Protect threatened or endangered species or habitats
● A public education component.
The Project must:
● Be outside the United States or other developed country
● Involve the local population
● If research, just be for conservation purposes rather than to obtain scientific data
● Funds must go for salaries, material and publication development, meeting and training costs, field trip costs and not international travel or overhead expenses, taxes, utilities or insurance.
Preference is given to applicants who have a record of prior conservation action relevant to the proposed project. Applicants from countries other than the United States are especially encouraged to apply. United States researchers planning work in foreign countries must have at least one local collaborator and consider how the project will benefit the local communities.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: CMAward@anshome.org
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
● Email your application as an attachment to: CMAward@anshome.org or mail to: Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund Audubon Naturalist Society 8940 Jones Mill Road Chevy Chase, MD 20815 USA On the subject line of the email transmitting your application use a title that is a concise version of your project title. The transmittal email is a good place to describe your relationship with the organization requesting the funds.
● The entire application must fit on four pages or less. There are no limitations on the space devoted to individual sections. The application should be in Times Roman 12 pt type. The document may be in MS Word (*.doc or *.docx), pdf or rtf formats.
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