WCS Issues Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Change Adaptation Projects

The Wildlife Conservation Society is inviting proposals to its Climate Adaptation Fund from nonprofit conservation organizations.

Grants will be awarded to support the exploration and implementation of new methods designed to help wildlife adapt to rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change.

Building on the society's 120-year history with long-term conservation efforts, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will award up to $2.5 million in grants in 2017. The grants are intended to support projects designed to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change by enhancing dynamic ecological processes and ecosystem functionality, as opposed to projects that benefit a particular species or landscape attribute. Projects should focus on improving the adaptive capacity of ecosystems rather than simply conserving or restoring their historic conditions.

To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organization with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code that incorporates climate adaptation science into its proposal and uses strategic communications to increase the conservation impact of its results. 

Preference will be given to nonprofit conservation groups implementing on-the-ground field projects designed to initiate conservation actions for climate adaptation in landscapes across the U.S.

See the WCS website for complete program guidelines, information about 2016 grant recipients, and proposal submission instructions.

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