The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has issued the 2017 Request for Proposals for its Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program.
The program, which was launched in 2015 with significant support from SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., is dedicated to studying and protecting killer whales in the wild. KWRCP supports projects in three focus areas: increasing prey availability, improving habitat quality, and strengthening management through research.
1) Increase Prey Availability: The program supports projects designed to increase the health of salmon runs that are a critical part of the Southern Resident population's diet.
2) Improve Habitat Quality: The program supports projects aimed at reducing threats to priority killer whale habitat from pollution and contaminants, vessel traffic, and noise.
3) Strengthen Management Through Research: The program supports research focused on improving the monitoring of the demographics/distribution and health assessments of killer whale populations, as well as the effectiveness of management interventions.
The majority of awards will go to projects focused on the habitats used by the Southern Resident killer whale population of the Salish Sea. Proposals that work in other locations are eligible for funding, but priority will be given to projects focused in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.
In 2017, the program will award $900,000 in grants.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state and federal government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NFWF website.