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Small Cat Action Fund (SCAF)

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research
Initiatives for Cat Conservation Programs

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Panthera, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Cat Specialist Group

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International research initiatives for cat conservation programs. Funding is intended for on-site conservation programs with a focus on small wild cats. Preference will be given to projects in the areas of field conservation and research activities, including equipment, transportation, and local salaries. Panthera will consider salaries, per diems, and stipends for local field personnel only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178833

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts vary; the maximum is $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for projects on all small wild cat species are accepted(excluding the genera Panthera, Acinonyx and the puma (Puma concolor) in all regions.

The following species are eligible for SCAF:
Caracal - Caracal caracal
Bay cat - Catopuma badia
Asian golden cat - Catopuma temminckii
Jungle cat - Felis chaus
Sand cat - Felis margarita
Black-footed cat - Felis nigripes
Wild cat - Felis silvestris
Jaguarundi - Herpailurus yaguarondi
Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis
Little spotted cat - Leopardus tigrinus
Margay - Leopardus wiedii
Serval - Leptailurus serval
Canada lynx - Lynx canadensis
Eurasian lynx - Lynx lynx
Spanish lynx - Lynx pardinus
Bobcat - Lynx rufus
Clouded Leopard-Neofelis nebulosa, Neofelis diardi
Pampas cat - Oncifelis colocolo
Geoffroy’s cat - Oncifelis geoffroyi
Kodkod - Oncifelis guigna
Andean mountain cat - Oreailurus jacobita
Pallas’s cat - Otocolobus manul
Leopard cat - Prionailurus bengalensis
Flat-headed cat - Prionailurus planiceps
Rusty-spotted cat - Prionailurus rubiginosus
Fishing cat - Prionailurus viverrinus
African golden cat - Profelis aurata
Marbled cat - Pardofelis marmorata

There are no restrictions on location other than the presence of the target species in the wild.

Panthera will not consider large requests for expensive frst world university tuition, except in exceptional cases where the applicants are nationals from developing countries and provide convincing rationales that the institutions will provide critical graduate training that is not available in their home country. Panthera does not support conferences, travel to scientifc meetings, legal actions, overhead costs, academic exchanges, or captive breeding.

Pre-Application Information:

Accepting Letters of Interest from February 15th to March 15th.

Qualified students who submit LOIs for projects that appear to be a good fit for the program will be asked to submit a full application and supporting documents.

Applicants whose proposed work includes any of the seven largest cat species along with one or more of the small cats should apply to the Kaplan Graduate Awards (if they are graduate students and otherwise eligible). If the project does not explicitly include those seven species (even if they occur in the area), the application should be made to the Small Cat Action Fund.

Applicants are only permitted to apply to one Panthera grant program per intake round. If you are seeking renewal for a previous grant, please make contact directly.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Panthera USA
8 West 40th Street,
18th Floor,
NY 10018, US
Tel: +1(646) 786 0400

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