Proposals are sought for small saiga conservation projects. Eligible projects will:
• Be concerned with the conservation of the saiga antelope in the wild (not in captivity)
• Have a direct and clear impact on the status of the saiga antelope
• Be a maximum of one year in length (to be completed by the end of September 2011)
• Have a budget between US$1000 and US$2,000
• Be clearly self-contained, rather than being a small component of a larger project.
• Be affiliated to the Saiga Conservation Alliance, and bound by the rules of its constitution, and the reporting requirements that are laid out therein.
The project proposal should clearly demonstrate how the project contributes to fulfilling the goals of the Convention on Migratory Species’ Medium Term Work Programme for the saiga antelope. Within this, it can involve any activity (public engagement, research, anti-poaching activities etc). It is hoped that a wide range of projects can be supported, geographically and in terms of conservation actions.
The Small Grants Programme is not intended for the payment of salaries, honoraria or overheads (other than directly incurred field costs). However, if it is necessary to incur expenditure of the types listed above for the fulfilment of the project aims, the reason for these expenses must be clearly laid out in the project proposal.
The proposal should be not more than 4 sides in total, using Times New Roman font of not less than 12 point and single-spaced, and the word limits for each section should be abided to.
Projects that do not fulfil all of the requirements set out above will not be considered.
There is no requirement to be associated with the SCA in order to submit a proposal, but if you would like advice before submission, you are welcome to discuss your proposal with the Steering Committee member in your country or with the SCA Secretary.
Details of previous successful projects can be seen online.
Please submit your proposal by e-mail as an attachment to the SCA Secretary, Elena Bykova (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 31st July 2010. Proposals can be submitted in Russian or English. Successful applicants will be notified by 30th September 2010. No expenditure incurred before 30th September 2010 or after 1st October 2011 can be refunded.
This Small Grants Programme is generously supported by the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The sponsors have the final say on whether a project can be funded, and will expect to receive regular reports on progress via the SCA reporting mechanisms. The SCA, CIC and WCN should be credited on all publicity for the project.
You can find the application form and more detail about the Saiga Conservation Alliance.