Grants of $100,000 for Big Cats Conservations from National Geographic Organization

Grants of $100,000 for Big Cats Conservations from National Geographic Organization

National Geographic

National Geographic

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21 Oct 2020
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The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI) seeks to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs. The goal of this fund is to identify projects that will help reduce the decline of African big cats in the wild. 

Grant Details:-

  • BCI conducted an evidence-based analysis to assess big cat conservation in Africa, identify funding gaps, and determine a focused engagement strategy for lion conservation funding.
  • As a result of this analysis, the national Geographic’s lion population priorities have more than 50 individuals currently, either have high recovery potential or are current strongholds, are not primarily based around a trophy hunting reserve, and are primarily threatened by human-wildlife conflict or livestock encroachment. 
  • In total, BCI has identified 20 populations (and 32 lion areas), spread across 18 countries, as National Geographic’s lion priority areas. These priority populations encompass nearly 1.25 million square kilometers and are estimated to contain ~19,000 lions, or 83 percent of Africa’s known lion population.
  • Although priority will be given to projects focused on lions, projects on leopard and cheetah populations within these 20 areas will also be considered. For cheetahs, seek to fulfill the recommendations from formal
    regional strategies and national action plans


  • Applicants may request up to $100,000. 
  • Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. 
  • Funding is not provided for weapons or ammunition.
  • The National Geographic Society funds usually support travel (including for teams) and fieldwork (including equipment and supplies).

Eligibility and Requirements:-

  • Early Career Grant and Exploration Grant projects last one year or less. Project start dates should be a minimum of six months after the submission deadline to ensure any awarded funds are received in time.

  • You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. You must submit a final report and media from any previous grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.

  • Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant.

  • Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application.

  • If you are planning to work outside of your home country or community, you must include the name and contact information for at least one local collaborator as a project team member in the application. The National Geographic Society does not assist with visas.

  • At this time, National Geographic can not fund work in North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Crimea due to U.S. legal restrictions concerning projects in these countries.

  • You are prohibited from engaging in any grant-funded work with any individual or organization who is on the Specially Designated National (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Treasury.

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