The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a nonprofit private charitable foundation created by Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks, supports wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue, and conservation education in the United States and more than sixty countries around the world. Since its inception in 2003, the fund has awarded more than $7 million in total support, including animal crisis grants to fund rapid response efforts when animals or their habitats are in peril due to either natural or human-caused events and catastrophes.
The fund's annual grant program accepts online applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the U.S., non-U.S. based nonprofit organizations and NGOs, governmental entities, accredited universities and research centers, and AZA- or AMMPA-accredited institutions. Applications from individuals not affiliated with an eligible applicant entity will not be accepted.
As with all proposals receiving fund support, the project must have broad community/constituency support and be based on legitimate scientific and conservation principles.
While the fund recognizes and supports the critical importance of ex-situ efforts such as endangered species breeding programs and conservation awareness/education, its primary focus is to support conservation efforts directly benefiting wildlife in their native ranges (in situ). For this reason, the fund is unable to help underwrite the captive breeding efforts of other animal management facilities. However, the fund will consider ex-situ conservation education proposals that demonstrate significant positive and sustainable impact.
The fund has no set minimum or maximum grant amount. In the past, the fund has awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each for a one-year term. The fund will consider multi-year proposals.
Only applications submitted via the fund's online application system will be accepted. Visit the Conservation Fund's Web site for complete grant policies, information on previously funded projects, and the complete application.
The application deadline is generally January 1, annually.
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