Foundation / Corporation
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens - Conservation Fund
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and universities to promote wildlife conservation and protection. Program areas broadly include habitat protection, species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education.
The Fund only supports projects that align with its priorities.
Species Research: Marine Fish Sustainability
Research that contributes to the ability to create sustainable populations of marine fishes through aquaculture, with great emphasis on the most popular marine fishes in home hobbyist and commercial aquariums. Research can focus on fish lifecycles, nutrition, reproduction and aquaculture techniques.
Species Research: African Mammals
Research focused on ecology and conservation; specifically distribution, ranges, corridor mapping and threats. Research focused on physiology, disease/mortality, longevity, distribution and other measures of population health in African mammals.
Species Research: Marine Mammals
Research on the ecology, behavior, distribution, reproduction, physiology and population health of marine mammals.
Species Research: Penguins and Alcids
Research on the conservation, behavior, distribution, reproduction, longevity, mortality, physiology and population health of penguins and alcids. Research also can include diet studies, disease detection, prevention and treatment, and testing of new data collection technologies.
Species Research: Sharks
Research on the conservation, ecology, behavior, distribution, reproduction, physiology and population health of sharks.
Species Research: Reintroduction
Research that provides data and recommendations on the best practices for reintroduction of rescued and/or rehabilitated mammals into the wild.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Wildlife Trade and Anti-Poaching
Programs designed to reduce wildlife trafficking and enforce wildlife trade laws, with specific emphasis on programs reducing illegal trade of endangered species products. Efforts to reduce poaching of endangered and threatened species. Particular interest in programs focused on reducing trafficking of rhinoceros, shark, parrot, pangolin, elephant or big cat products.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Elephants
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate African or Asian elephants.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Sea Turtles
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate North, Central or South American sea turtles (including nest protection).
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Penguins
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate penguins.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Marine Mammals
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate marine mammals.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Rhinoceros
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate African rhinoceros.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Wolves
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate North American wolves.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Great Apes
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate Great Apes.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Xenathrans
Programs designed to protect, rescue or rehabilitate anteaters, sloth and armadillos.
Animal Rescue/Rehab: Native Wildlife Near SEA Parks
Native wildlife rescue programs located in Florida, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, or Virginia. Proposals that focus on prevention education, operational sustainability, supplies and dietary needs are most successful.
Conservation Education: Nature Deficit Disorder
Programs designed to encourage youth to spend more time outdoors connecting with nature. This includes education programs for youth who live in biodiverse range countries to understand the value of nature and the mechanisms for sustainability.
Conservation Education: Leadership Development
Programs designed to identify potential conservation leaders and develop their leadership skills and knowledge base. Specifically, these programs can target young adults and offer peer connections within the conservation community to further develop the next generation of conservation leaders.
Conservation Education: Alternative Income
Programs designed to retrain or develop viable alternative employment opportunities for people and communities reliant upon economic opportunities that directly impact wildlife and habitat. Programs can include training and support to provide alternatives to poaching, livestock farming, or logging.
Habitat Protection: Coral Reef
Support for the creation, restoration and maintenance of marine protected areas along coral reefs located in North, Central and South America. Successful proposals can include research necessary to implement marine protected areas, populations studies of reef species, and restoration efforts to reverse the impacts of man-made and natural impacts to the reef
Habitat Protection: Marine/Aquatic Debris
Efforts to remove marine and aquatic debris from waterways, estuaries, coasts and underwater. Includes efforts to identify sources of pollution and physically remove debris.
Habitat Protection: Habitat Restoration
Projects providing important large scale habitat enhancements such as corridor mapping, and creation and protection of habitat for endangered species limited by range restrictions are considered.
GrantWatch ID#: 167772
Although there is no limit to the size of the application request, most grants range between $10,000 to $25,000 USD.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund accepts applications from nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and schools and universities.
Organizations can be U.S.-based or international.
Applications for funding for 2018 will open on October 2, 2017. Applications received by November 30, 2017 will be considered for funding in the first two quarters of 2018. Applications received by April 30, 2018 will be considered for funding in the last two quarters of 2018.
Although the 2018 application is very similar to previous applications, the process to apply for a grant has changed. This year, each applicant will be required to create a login. Applications are required to be completed online, however, your application can be saved at any time and it is not required that the application be completed all at one time. Once the application has been completed and submitted, you will receive an email confirmation that it has been accepted.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA) Marshall Islands (USA) Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada: Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon
International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.