It is always important to be conscientious when it comes to the environment, especially now when many animals and plants are in danger of extinction. However, in order for a change to be made, these organizations and individuals need adequate funding.
World Wildlife Day is March 3rd, which makes this the perfect time to talk about why wildlife demands our attention now. According to the World Wildlife Day website, more than 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are facing endangerment. In addition, the website notes that a quarter of species on Earth are at risk of extinction.
Here are some other alarming statistics about wildlife, according to PetPedia:
- Animal extinction is 1,000-10,000 times higher than the natural rate right now.
- Orangutans have had 80% of their population killed in the last 75 years.
- Asian elephant populations have been halved.
- Out of 19 polar bear subpopulations, only one is increasing
- Human behavior has changed roughly 66% of the ocean surface.
- Hunters kill over 200,000 animals annually for trophies.
- There are between 200 and 2,000 extinctions every year.
GrantWatch is also recognizing the day by sharing 10 wildlife grants below that fund projects to help with animal and plant conservation efforts.
10 Grants for World Wildlife Day
- Firstly, there are grants of up to $2,500 to U.S., Canada, and International nonprofits for emergency wildlife conservation efforts. Funding is to support applicants saving wildlife from natural and man-made disasters including fires, flooding, earthquakes, storms, and habitat destruction.
- There are also grants of up to $3,000 to U.S. and Canada nonprofits for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and development of citizen science, and similar endeavors.
- There is funding of up to $1,000 for U.S. nonprofit animal welfare organizations to protect wild and domestic animals and their habitats. Funding is to support activities such as field studies, research, education, and habitat acquisition.
- Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind donations to U.S. nonprofits and businesses to conserve habitats in ponds, rivers, swamps, wetlands, and streams.
- Additionally, there is funding of up to $25,000 to U.S., Canada, and International researchers for wildlife and plant protection initiatives.
- There are also grants to Florida organizations for conservations projects in eligible locations. Funds of up to $3000 will support projects and activities within the focus areas of wildlife and fish habitat protection.
- Grants to U.S. and territories nonprofits, for-profits, agencies, individuals, and other groups for collaborative projects to protect migratory bird habitats.
- In addition, grants of $1,000 are available to U.S., Canada, and International individuals, organizations, and groups for projects that reduce cruelty and exploitation of animals, whether for clothing, food, or any other purpose.
- Grants are also available to U.S. nonprofits for a broad range of animal protection programs, projects, and activities. Grants are provided for programs related to domestic animals as well as for wildlife conservation.
- Finally, there are grants to U.S. and territories nonprofit organizations for land and water conservation projects to help animals and their environment adjust to climate change.
Looking for similar grants for wildlife animals and conservation projects? GrantWatch has an entire category devoted to Pets/Animals/Wildlife. There is also a category for climate change grants and a category for grants for the environment.