In 2018 The Alongside Wildlife Foundation began a seed-grant program to support the kinds of important wildlife projects that are typically overlooked by most major organizations. In just few years we’ve awarded over $60,000 to wildlife conservation projects from Arkansas to Indonesia; the projects we support focus on natural history, science communication, or living alongside wildlife.
- Natural History: despite increasing calls to recognize and appreciate natural history, this type of research is rarely prioritized; we fund projects that generate basic but vital information about the species alongside us.
- Science Communication: scientists and science communicators are facing pressure to reach out and engage with new audiences and our grant program is designed to support this work; we focus on projects that facilitate and encourage science communication projects that aim to reduce human/wildlife conflict. Projects must include novel and creative collaborations between scientists and artists.
- Living Alongside Wildlife: As our landscapes become increasingly human-dominated, it is essential to generate and implement co-existence strategies that allow for wildlife to persist alongside us. We fund projects that evaluate or implement science-based strategies to reduce human/wildlife conflict.
In 2022, we will accept proposals until September 15th for up to $2,000 USD. Qualifying projects should be internationally based (outside of the USA). We will continue to support wildlife conservation efforts based in the USA with our growing Land Fund and special initiatives. This is a seed grant program, meaning we prioritize projects that have not yet started or are within their first year. Projects should focus on terrestrial and shoreline-associated animals (including invertebrates). We do not generally fund marine work. We do not fund projects that propose lethal solutions to human/wildlife conflict. We do not fund wildlife rehabilitation work.