+Who is eligible to apply?
Any organization, protected area, or government entity working in conservation is eligible to apply for this grant. Individuals can apply on behalf of their organization.
+Does my organization need to use EarthRanger to be eligible to apply?
No. We encourage both EarthRanger users and conservation organizations not currently using Earthranger to apply for this grant. In fact, we will be awarding one of the two $15,000 USD grants specifically to a non-EarthRanger user to encourage further development and innovation in conservation technology.
+How does my organization apply?
Select “Apply Now,” which leads to the grant application. The application is comprised of 9 brief questions to collect basic information about your organization, 3 writing prompts to learn about your work in the conservation technology space, and a section to upload visual assets including images and an option to link to a video.
You cannot save partial submissions, so we recommend that applicants draft responses separately and copy over final answers to the web application. We will only accept fully complete applications for consideration.
+When you say applying technology for conservation use, what does that mean?
Any technology that encompasses software, hardware, networking, and/or mobile applications. For example, this could be a new collar to track wildlife or a data management system to monitor wildlife and ecological changes.
+Can you give a couple of examples of success metrics that would be helpful to include in the application?
We ask for quantitative metrics to help demonstrate the impact of your organization's use of technology for conservation. For example, this could be the number of animals saved and area of restored habitat, potential threats mitigated, or new data and learnings identified using technology.
+Who is reviewing these applications?
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Vulcan leaders and representatives from well-known conservation organizations, including Google, Microsoft, ConservationX, WildLabs, Grumeti Fund, Mara Elephant Project and WCS.
+Is the information I submit going to remain confidential?
We will not publicly share any information provided in your application without seeking your permission in advance.
+Why do you need to know financial information and employee numbers?
We ask these questions simply to understand the size and scope of your organization’s operations, which will be helpful context for the selection committee as they review your written responses. Final selection will not be based solely on operational size.
+When is the application deadline?
All applications are due by July 30, 2021.
+When will grantees be announced?
The two final grantees will be officially announced in November 2021. The Vulcan team will get in touch confidentially with applicants prior to the announcement.
+If selected as a grant recipient, when will I receive the grant funds?
The Vulcan team will work with the selected grantees through the point of contact provided in the application on agreements and payments once selected.