Grants & Meetings
- Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community.
- Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities.
- Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree.
- Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
- Students currently enrolled in a College / University undergraduate (Bachelor) or graduate (Master or Doctoral) degree program; or post-doctoral student within 2 years of their doctoral degree at the time of application; or young Explorers 35 years old or younger.
The Disney Conservation Fund gives priority consideration 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
- Sustainable development programs directly connected to protecting species and habitat
- Scientific field studies on species and habitats
The fund also seeks to support projects taking place in areas where Disney has a significant business focus, including the regions and priority areas below:
- Africa: South Africa
- Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Japan
- The Bahamas/ Caribbean: Antigua, Barbados, Castaway Cay, Cayman Islands, Florida (Port Canaveral), Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Nassau, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
- Central/South America: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Galapagos Islands
- Europe/Australia: Australia, France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, United Kingdom/ Ireland, countries in Western Europe
- Marine: Alaska, Australia, California, China, Eastern Gulf of Mexico (especially in/near Florida), Hawaii, Indo-Pacific, and Western Atlantic; will also consider marine projects occurring near other priority countries/states listed
- North America: Mexico, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Washington
If you are interested in applying for conservation funding but your project takes place outside of the above priority areas, please contact the DCF team to share the country where your project takes place and the species you are focused on to see if it may be considered.
- Graduate student, postdoc, faculty or research scientist
- Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American,
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident with a Green Card
- Currently working at a U.S. institution
- Is attending a GRC for the first time
- Both undergraduate and graduate students of accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. are eligible for this award for travel costs associated with research in the field of ecology, or conference attendance to present the results of ecology-related research.
- Full Time or Part Time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study at an accredited institution at the time of the application deadline (on or before December 15th).
- Full Time or Part Time student in your senior or final year of your undergraduate program during November 30th-December 15th who will be enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program in the academic year immediately following the granting of the award.
- Applicants must have finished their bachelor, masters, or PhD degree within the last 3 years.
- A crucial condition is that applicant's work must be published.
- Projects must be about endangered species conservation.
- The Fund will use the IUCN Redlist as the primary guide to the conservation status of a given species, although documented variations for sub-species, distinct populations and sub-populations will be taken into account.
- For those species not assessed through the IUCN Redlist we welcome other methods of assessment and the submission of quantative data to confirm a species status.
- Specific funding use cases:
- The Fund does recognise that sometimes support salaries, stipends, per diems and project related living costs can be a vital part of in situ conservation work; these may be supported.
- The Fund will consider covering salary expenses or travel costs for a specific project.
- This would usually be for support staff in developing countries.
- However this can only be as part of the overall grant as officially applied for.
- In the case of a workshop, any such application will be carefully reviewed by the Fund’s board on a case by case basis, to ensure that the workshop closely addresses the needs of species conservation in line with the aims of the Fund.
- The Fund is happy to provide continuation support for a project which had previously been supported, which is now completed and for which the Fund has received all required reporting by the time of the respective submission deadline.
- Field conservation and research projects must take place in Asia.
- Funding is provided to projects that are consistent with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's mission "To improve the future for wildlife".
- Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component.
- Projects should begin in the year that they are applying for funding, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end point.
- Partial funding of a project may be considered if a particular component of the project can be supported and completed independently, or if it is made clear that additional funding has been obtained or is being sought from other sources to cover remaining costs.
- Subsequent phases of previously funded projects may be submitted.
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is not required to be a collaborator for a project to be eligible for funding.