WAZA Nature Connect Program

February 12, 2019  

WAZA Nature Connect Grants, Round 5 Call for Applications

WAZA is excited to open applications for Round 5 of their Nature Connect Program to it’s global community of member organisations.

The WAZA Nature Connect program supports WAZA member zoos and aquariums to engage families and communities in appreciating their local nature, gaining knowledge and skills to live in harmony with it and in taking specific, locally appropriate conservation action. These grants are made possible through the generous support of the Disney Conservation Fund

Round 5 is a new type of grant. Approximately 10 grants of $5000-15000 USD will be provided to assist WAZA members in designing and implementing a locally appropriate conservation campaign. These should target >100 families and include facilitated sessions connecting them to the issue identified AND involving them in taking action. Outstanding grant proposals will have high impact, easily scalable campaigns that culminate in action and address local conservation challenges. Projects must be completed over an 8 to 10-month period between April 2019-March 2020.

The projects can either be new or a contribution to an existing campaign geared towards solving community conservation issues.  Applications will be assessed by an independent jury of IZE Board on the basis of their potential to mobilize families/ communities to collaboratively take conservation action.

WAZA is aware that not all its members have prior experience designing and implementing campaigns of this type. We have therefore designed the application form and notes to guide members through a tried and tested design process. We will offer further coaching and support to successful candidates if needed.

The deadline for the submission of projects is 10th March, 2019 24:00 GMT. Guidance notes and application forms will be available for download http://bit.ly/WAZA_NC  from 11th February 2019. For further inquiries, contact Isaac Mujaasi on NatureConnect@WAZA.org

We are looking forward to receiving your application and helping you bring your project ideas to life.