Working for birds in Africa

Conservation Fund - Applications

Submission of Applications

Please note the following timetable for the receipt and processing of applications for Conservation and Expedition Awards e.g. awards for review in February must be submitted by the end of the previous October.

This is to ensure that there is sufficient time to request further information from the applicant, review all the details and acquire funding prior to final review and decision.

Deadlines for receipt of applications Review dates
end October February
end February June
end June October

An applicant may only submit a single proposal for a Conservation Award or an Expedition Award in each funding round. You may not apply for both at the same time. 

Applications should be sent by e-mail to conservation_fund@africanbirdclub.org

ABC Conservation Award: Application

A detailed proposal is needed for each project submitted to ABC. From January 2014 onwards a standard Conservation Award Application Form, which can be downloaded here must be used.

Summary

This should give a brief description of the aims of the project; the people and organisations involved; the location and an outline of the methods.

Justification

This section is extremely important as the ABC cannot fund all of the applications it receives and has to target high priority projects. This should include, for example:

  • For species-based projects the IUCN conservation status of the species involved;
  • For site-based projects a description of the habitat types, current threats and whether the area has any designation such as a protected area or Important Bird Area;
  • How the proposed project will benefit the species, or the area in which it is found;
  • A description of any training or skills transfer involved in the project;
  • For educational projects, what the benefits of the proposed project will be.

Methods

The committee will look for the following points:

  • A description of the methods to be used;
  • Why these methods are being used;
  • A timetable of the various stages of the project, including the dates the preliminary and final reports will be produced.

Project outputs

Give details of reports, workshops, educational materials, training etc undertaken and how these outputs will be disseminated to local communities, government and conservationists. Quantify these where possible.

Conservation Impact

Describe how your project will benefit conservation.

Qualifications of project proponents

Give names and brief summaries of the qualifications and experience relevant to this proposal of the key personnel. For example if your project involves mist-netting and ringing, give details of accreditation to a national ringing scheme.

Referee

It would help the assessment of the applications if the applicant can supply the name, address email and phone number of someone who can comment knowledgeably on the application. This could be an ABC Country Representative (addresses are published in the bulletin and on this website), a staff member of a BirdLife Partner organisation, or someone from an academic or conservation institution.

Budget

Provide a complete breakdown in table format of the costs of the project including materials, transport, living allowances, report production etc. Give costs in local currency and show conversion rate to £UK (pounds sterling). If the application is part of a larger project, indicate the total cost and clearly identify the elements you are asking ABC to support. What will happen to any equipment bought with ABC funding?

Details of payment

Payment  will usually be made by ABC by bank transfer to a reputable third party such as the local BirdLife Partner, registered conservation NGO or academic institute. Successful applicants will be contacted by email and asked to supply the account name, account number, bank name, bank address, bank code and SWIFTBIC Code. Do not include these details in the application.

ABC Expedition Award: Application

A detailed proposal is needed for each project submitted to ABC. From January 2014 onwards a standard Expedition Award Application Form, which can be downloaded here must be used.

Summary

This should give a brief description of the aims of the project; the people and organisations involved; the location and an outline of the methods.

Justification

This section is extremely important as the ABC cannot fund all of the applications it receives and has to target high priority projects. This should include, for example:

  • For species-based projects the IUCN conservation status of the species involved;
  • For site-based projects a description of the habitat types, current threats and whether the area has any designation such as a protected area or Important Bird Area;
  • How the proposed project will benefit the species, or the area in which it is found;
  • A description of any training or skills transfer involved in the project;
  • Reference to any relevant published action plans e.g. reserve management plans, biodiversity action plans etc.

Methods

This should include a detailed description of the methods to be used and why they were chosen.

Itinerary / Timetable

Give a timetable of the various stages of the project, including the dates the final report to ABC will be produced. Provide a breakdown of the time which will be spent in the country e.g. preparatory work, familiarisation period, survey work, writing preliminary report, presenting results to government departments of host country etc.

Project outputs

Give details of scientific papers, reports, workshops, educational materials, training etc to be undertaken or produced and how these outputs will be disseminated to local communities, government and conservationists. Quantify these where possible.

Conservation impact

Describe how your project will benefit conservation.

Local Participation and Approval

Does the project have the approval of the host county's government or leading NGO? Will local counterparts from the relevant government department / NGO work with the project team? Please provide copies of letters of support from the host country, affiliated academic institution, conservation NGO or recognised natural history or bird club in the Appendices.

Qualifications of project proponents

Give names and brief summaries of the qualifications and experience relevant to this proposal of the key personnel. Provide a one page CV of the named applicant in the Appendices.

Referee

Please supply the name, address, phone number and email details of someone who can comment knowledgeably on your application, for example an ABC Country Representative (addresses are published in the bulletin), a BirdLife Partner organisation staff member, or someone from an academic or conservation institution.

References

Provide a list of the main references used to produce the project proposal.

Budget

Provide a complete breakdown in table format of the costs of the project including materials, transport, living allowances, report production etc. Give costs in local currency and show conversion rate to £UK (pounds sterling). If the application is part of a larger project, indicate the total cost and clearly identify the elements you are asking ABC to support. What will happen to any equipment bought with ABC funding?

Details of payment

Payment  will usually be made by ABC by bank transfer to a reputable third party such as the local BirdLife Partner, registered conservation NGO or academic institute. Successful applicants will be contacted by email and asked to supply the account name, account number, bank name, bank address, bank code and SWIFTBIC Code. Do not include these details in the application.

Appendices​

Include up to 3 sides of maps / supporting documents / figures / photos.

 

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