CONSERVATION SUPPORT FUND APPLICATION
Revised – 7 June 2011
Title of Project:
1. Principal Investigator(s) Name and Title:
Phone: Fax: E-mail:
2. Principal Investigator(s) Name and Title:
Phone: Fax: E-mail:
Project Categories (Please check all that apply). For each category checked,
below, it is important to clearly describe this aspect of the program in all relevant
sections of the application. For example, if “Conservation Education” is checked,
the nature and scope of the effort, evaluation, etc. must be clearly described.
Management/Captive Breeding (ex-situ) Animal Welfare
Conservation Education Animal Health
Field Conservation (in-situ) Habitat Management
Other - Describe
Project Abstract – Limit to 1500 characters:
Is this project endorsed/sponsored by an American Zoo and Aquarium
Association (AZA) conservation committee (e.g., SSP, TAG, CAP, SAG)?
If yes, please provide a letter of support from the relevant group.
Has this project or any of the Principal Investigators received previous funding
from the Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund?
If yes, was a final report submitted for the project that was funded?
Are there collaborating institutions or organizations involved in this proposal?
If yes, please list all project collaborators.
Are funds other than those requested from Riverbanks required to accomplish
If yes, please list all other funding sources, the amounts requested from
each and specify whether or not the funds have yet been secured.
Are you willing to accept a Riverbanks Field Conservation Associate*, at
Riverbanks’ expense, as a participant in your project for a 2-3 week period?
Total project budget: $
Amount requested from Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund: $
I have read and agree to abide by the terms outlined in the Riverbanks
Zoological Park and Botanical Garden Conservation Support Fund Guidelines.
Use the following format to describe the proposed project. Please do not exceed
the number of characters allowed in each section.
1. Describe the project’s rationale, goals and objectives. What will be the
project’s specific conservation/management outcomes and benefits? Limit
2. Describe all of the participants in this project, what are their roles and what
are their qualifications? Include resumes for Principal Investigator/s.
3. Describe the methodology and design for this project and why it is
appropriate. Limit to 3000 characters.
4. Why do you consider this project to be timely and how does it address a
critical need? Limit to 1000 characters.
5. Outline the project schedule and date of completion.
6. Describe how and when the results of this project will be disseminated?
7. Explain whether or not this project will be sustainable beyond the life of
8. Explain how you will ensure that you have met the goals and objectives of
your project. Limit to 2000 characters.
Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund Items:
Description of Item Method of Calculation Cost
Total Requested from Riverbanks: $
Description of Item Method of Calculation Cost
Total non-Riverbanks Items: $
Budget Justification – Briefly describe why the major items listed above are
necessary for completion of the project. Limit to 2000 characters.
CONSERVATION SUPPORT FUND GUIDELINES
Statement of Purpose:
It is the mission of the Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Garden to foster
an appreciation and concern for all living things. Riverbanks supports this
mission in many ways including conserving biodiversity through careful utilization
of available resources. The Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund was created
to provide financial assistance for conservation-oriented projects/programs that
promote preservation of the Earth’s biodiversity. Riverbanks encourages the
submission of projects that have the potential for broad-based conservation
and/or management impact.
Riverbanks encourages its staff to be active participants in conservation
initiatives. Therefore, added weight will be given to projects in which Riverbanks
staff members participate as PIs or collaborators and to projects that are willing
to accept the participation of Riverbanks Field Conservation Associates*.
Likewise, additional weight will be given to projects that are focused on applied
Funding Eligibility: The following types of requests will be considered (not listed
in order of priority).
Field conservation initiatives (in situ).
Habitat management and preservation.
Zoo and aquarium-based programs for the scientifically managed
breeding of endangered and threatened wildlife (ex-situ).
Conservation education initiatives.
Projects designed to enhance animal welfare.
Projects that identify, assess and/or treat medical conditions affecting
animals in the wild and/or managed captive environments.
Funding requests must conform to the above application format; general mailings
will not be considered. In addition to the application form, proposals must include
the Principal Investigator/s curriculum vitae and, as appropriate, a bibliography
and list of professional references. Research-oriented proposals should include
pertinent preliminary data. Electronic submissions are preferred. Signatures
may be scanned or a hard copy of the signature page may be sent, separately,
by ground mail.
Edward N. Diebold, Director of Animal Collections & Conservation
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 1060
Columbia, SC 29202-1060
Phone: (803) 779-8717, Extension 1135
Fax: (803) 253-6381
Applications will be reviewed two times per year with the following deadlines for
submission: March 31 and September 30.
Awards will generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applicants will be notified of
their award status within 2 months of the submission deadline.
Conditions of Award Acceptance:
1. Riverbanks’ Conservation Support Fund will be acknowledged in
publications/printed materials resulting from the project.
2. All research involving live animals must abide by regulations listed under the
USDA Animal Welfare Act and the AZA-Code of Professional Ethics.
3. A final report outlining project results must be submitted to Riverbanks.
4. The final report must include several high resolution color photographs that
Riverbanks may use in publications/promotional material about the
Conservation Support Fund.
5. Receipts for all expenses covered by the Riverbanks award must be
submitted along with the final report.
6. It is Riverbanks’ goal to achieve maximum conservation impact with limited
funds. Therefore, awards may not be applied toward salaries or institutional
7. Information gained from the project must be made available to the public
* The Riverbanks Field Conservation Associates Program allows Riverbanks
staff members, via an internal competitive process, to apply for opportunities to
participate in field conservation projects that are either led by Riverbanks staff or
funded by the Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund. At the discretion of
project leaders, the Field Conservation Associate may either observe or actively
participate in the project to which they are assigned.