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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individuals and organizations to rescue animal species that cannot currently be saved in the wild. Applicants must submit a project outline prior to applying. Funding is intended for start-up projects, workshop attendance, and mentorships, as well as unanticipated emergency needs to protect threatened amphibian species.

Grants are intended to support conservation projects for amphibian species that cannot currently be saved in the wild, with a focus on ex situ actions, and in partnership with appropriate field activities. Preference will be given to projects for species which have been assessed as in need of ex situ rescue or research work, either as a recommendation from a Conservation Needs Assessment or a similar, national assessment process.

Amphibian Ark is now accepting funding applications for the following types of grants:

  • Start-up grants: Initial funding to help newly-launched projects get started at the very beginning of their life, to help them attract larger and/or long-term funding for the duration of the program. AArk will consider projects with funding in place for complementary components (such as fieldwork or education). 
  • Start-up grant extensions: Additional funds are available to provide continued support for AArk seed or start-up grant projects that a) have met their stated objectives for previous years, and b) can demonstrate that additional supplemental funds have been secured since the original AArk grant was provided.
  • Workshop attendance: Partial funding to assist attendance at ex situ amphibian conservation-related workshops, especially those that focus on amphibian husbandry, planning, and reintroduction. Applicants must have already secured partial funding to attend the workshop. You must already be actively involved in an amphibian conservation project or have well-developed plans and funding in place to implement a new program.
  • Mentorship grants: Support for organizations that have previously received an AArk seed or start-up grant, to bring in a designated outside expert to assist with an aspect of their amphibian conservation efforts (e.g. veterinary training, environmental control, etc.). 
  • Emergency grants: Limited funding is available for past recipients of AArk grants throughout the year for emergency situations such as unanticipated major equipment failure in existing ex situ programs. These grants are also available for the emergency rescue of wild populations facing imminent threat of extinction. 

For start-up grants, as long as proposals detail the ex situ components that are already in place, up to 20% of the funds applied for can be used to support the acquisition of founder animals; however, priority will go to proposals in which 100% of the funds are directed to the ex situ facility.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Start-up grants: One-time grants of up to $5,000 are available.
- Start-up grant extensions: Second-year grants of up to US$4,000 and third-year grants of up to US$3,000 are available.
- Workshop attendance: Grants of up to $750 are available.
- Mentorship grants: Grants up to $1,500 are available.

Term of Contract:

Recipients of start-up grants are able to apply for second and third year extension grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may apply as individuals or as employees representing their organizations.

Start-up grant extensions: All past recipients of AArk seed or start-up grants are eligible to apply for these extensions however it is expected that husbandry guidelines and a species action plan have been completed.

These grants are not intended to fund:
- Workshops
- Educational exhibits
- Project overhead or indirect costs
- Field projects without a strong ex situ component

Start-up grants:
- AArk will not fund projects that are already well-established or have significant funding.
- Unless capacity absolutely cannot be built in the range country in time to prevent imminent extinction, the AArk will not fund projects that remove animals from their range country. In addition, every effort should be made to enable national biologists to lead the program.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Program Outline deadline: 27 September 2021
- Applicants notified about review of Project Outlines: 4 October 2021
- Grant application deadline: 1 November 2021
- Grant decision/notification date: 15 November 2021
- Successful applicants must provide bank account details, signed MOU and 3-4 photos of species and/or facilities by: 29 November 2021
- Grant payment date: 6 December 2021
- Initial progress report and species action plan provided by 1 June 2022
- Final progress report, species action plan and husbandry guidelines due 1 December 2022

All applicants are required to submit a brief Project Outline, prior to submitting a full application. Full applications will not be accepted without a Project Outline having been submitted and approved by the review committee.

Project Outlines will be reviewed, and successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application. Ideally, grants should be submitted at least one week before the deadline, so they can be reviewed and returned for alterations if needed.

All applicants – whether applying as individuals or as employees representing their organizations – must include at least one (preferably two) letter of endorsement from someone at an unrelated organization. That person should be a recognized leader in the field or at least from an internationally known organization.

Employees representing their organizations must also submit a letter of institutional support from their employer. This letter is to verify that the employer (1) is aware that the applicant is proposing the project and (2) will provide the necessary time and space to complete the proposed work for the duration of the project. One such letter is required for each project leader on the application who has a different employer.

All start-up grant applications must include a complete copy of the Program Implementation Tool for the target species:

For start-up grants, proposals must relate to rescuing species whose threats cannot be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction and which therefore require urgent ex situ intervention to persist. This status should be determined by relevant field experts, e.g., the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) field experts through AArk Conservation Needs Assessment Workshops:, or similar national processes. If a Conservation Needs Assessment has not been completed for the species in the country where the program will be based, the applicant should make arrangements for the appropriate experts to jointly complete an assessment at (Contact AArk staff if help is needed)

AArk staff are available if you need assistance in formulating your proposal. Please do not hesitate to contact staff with any questions. Each year several proposals have been rejected due to issues that could have been prevented with a little extra guidance! AArk also has several past seed grant recipients who are willing to act as mentors, to help with your application – please contact AArk to be put in contact with them.

Please contact the program officer at any time to discuss an emergency grant.


Species-specific action plans:

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit proposals and inquiries to:
Kevin Johnson, Taxon Officer

All correspondence should have “AArk Conservation Grant Proposal/principal researcher’s name” in the subject line.

Amphibian Ark
c/o Conservation Planning Specialist Group
12101 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124-8151

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