SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation FundDeadline: November 30, 2016
The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund’s mission is to work with on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. Funding priorities for 2017 include:
- Animal rescue and rehabilitation, including programs that target wildlife trade and anti-poaching and species specific rescue and rehabilitation for elephants, sea turtles, penguins, marine mammals, great apes, rhinoceros, xenathrans, and wolves.
- Conservation education activities, including programs that encourage youth to spend more time outdoors, leadership development programs that identify potential conservation leaders and develop their leadership skills and knowledge, and alternative resource/income programs that retrain or develop viable alternative employment opportunities for people and communities reliant upon economic opportunities that directly impact wildlife and habitat.
- Habitat protection programs, including coral reef protection and restoration, marine and aquatic debris removal, and habitat restoration and preservation efforts.
- Species research, including research for marine fish sustainability, African mammals, marine mammals, penguins and alcids, and sharks. Research that provides data and recommendations on the best practices for reintroduction of rescued and/or rehabilitated mammals into the wild will also be supported.
Note there is also a focus on native wildlife in park communities, but it is limited to programs in Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, or Virginia.
Amount: Grants typically range from $10,000-$25,000, but there is no set limit to the size of a grant request.
Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations; governmental entities; schools; and universities. Organizations can be U.S.-based or international.