SSC Internal Grant

NEWS: This call for proposals is now closed, please stay tuned for communications the next round will open on 16 January 2023 and close on 17 February 2023. 
Important: Please, consider the feasibility of the proposed projects in relation to any travel and in-person meetings restrictions, physical distancing, and any other restrictions that could be still in place due to the pandemic. In that sense, we encourage you to submit projects that can be carried out during one year and that are in alignment with your annual planning process —SSC Data.

The main purpose of this grant is to encourage and promote activities that contribute to the Species Conservation Cycle ratified as the SSC framework in our Species Strategic Plan 2021-2025, through the allocation of small funds —from ($USD) $2,000 to $3,500. In addition, as well as falling under the Species Conservation Cycle framework, we also seek to support those activities specified by SSC groups in their annual ‘SSC Data’ target setting and reporting effort.

We will have two rounds of applications per year, open during January and June. This round will be open for all the components of our Species Conservation Cycle. It means that we will fund requests related to: 

Species Conservation Cycle
  • Assess: Understand and inform the world about the status and trends of biodiversity.  
  • Plan: Develop collaborative, inclusive and science-based conservation strategies, plans and policies.
  • Act: Convene and mobilise conservation actions to improve the status of biodiversity.
  • Communicate: Drive strategic and targeted communications to enhance our conservation impact
  • Network: Enhance and support our immediate network and alliances to achieve our biodiversity targets.

Please note that since 2021 each SSC Group must set its targets within the new SSC Data Information System.

Requirements

This grant opportunity will be open for all our Specialist Groups, Stand-Alone Red List Authorities, Task Forces and Conservation Committees. Any SSC group interested in applying should:

  • Have uploaded the 2021 results within the SSC Data Information System. 
  • Have registered and set their targets for the current quadrennium (2021-2025) within the SSC Data Information System.
  • Clearly specify the activity which requires financial support, to be carried out in 2022, and contributes to a target set for the current quadrennium (2021-2025). Priority will be given to those targets set for completion during 22022-2023. 
  • Include supporting information related to the activity to be carried out e.g., clarify what activity is to be carried out and how the funds will contribute to it (website links, promotional information, etc.).

Partners

Since January 2020, the NGO Planta! - PlantLife Conservation Society is contributing with us providing financial support to the value of up to US$6,000 —annually—, to be allocated on projects related to Plant Specialist Groups. Thanks to this wonderful partnership we will be able to fund one more Specialist Group during each round. 

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through the following [Google form]. Please note that each SSC group can submit ONE application only per round and applications by email will not be accepted.

Important: we will admit up to TWO (2) proposals from SSC groups with more than 50 members, but at least one of the proposals must focus on the ACT component of our Species Conservation Cycle.

Grant amount

US$2,000 - $3,500
Funds can be used to cover the partial or total cost of the proposed activity.

Timelines and eligibility

There will be two calls per year, open during January and June. Successful applications will be confirmed in March and August respectively. The current round will be open from June 1st to July 15th  2022 –11:59 PM (GMT-4) Caracas, Venezuela–, and approvals will be announced in early August 2022. 

The SSC Chair’s Office will select around 8-12 grantees each round. Consideration will be given to the network priorities of the Species Strategic Plan 2021-2025, the funds available to allocate in each call, as well as the groups/activity determined to have the more urgent support needs. We will also consider whether the group has received funds from this grant previously, to ensure the benefits of this grant can reach the diversity of groups across the network. Important: We are not assigning grants to groups that still have projects running from previous rounds.

Contact

For further information, please contact Mayerlin Ramos.