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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

Category: Environment

The Fund supports the study and protection of the world’s wildlife and ecosystems. Funded by Walt Disney World and Disney resorts guests, the Fund provides annual awards to U.S. nonprofit conservation organizations working alongside their peers in other countries. Many of the award winners concentrate their activities on “biological hotspots,” those areas rich in plant and animal life at risk of imminent destruction. Proposals should be cooperative in nature and may have matching funds. They should clearly contribute to the conservation of endangered or threatened species and their habitats. They should also build on previous work, including an established commitment to a conservation program or be well suited to become or contribute to a long-term conservation program. Priority is given to holistic programs addressing a significant conservation need (or projects that are part of a program), which reflect education and community engagement, including measuring results. They should also influence decisionmakers, and involve solid field science. The Fund supports programs and projects around the world including North America, Africa, Asia, South America, and marine environments. Requests of $25,000 or less are allowed, but the overall budget may be larger and incorporate several financial partners. Application is by invitation only. A letter or e-mail of inquiry is required for consideration. The Fund recommends that potential applicants submit their letter or e-mail of inquiry no later than Jan. 1, 2009, to receive an invitation to apply. The Fund also offers emergency funding through its Rapid Response Fund in times of environmental or conservation crisis or need. These awards range up to a maximum of $5,000 each and can be applied for throughout the year. Additional information is available on the Web site.

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