AOS Grants Available for Orchid Conservation
In its concern for the protection of wild orchid species around the world, the American Orchid Society (AOS) Conservation Committee announces that it is accepting applications for conservation project grants for 2021. Please note that in recent years, the AOS has decided to separately fund conservation projects from research projects, allowing for some different types of projects to be considered. Although conservation research will still fall under the purview of the Research Committee, conservation grants are intended to encourage a more practical, hands-on grassroots approach. We are seeking applicants engaging in a wide range of projects that protect orchids and their natural habitats, including but not limited to:
- Studies that enhance our knowledge of crucial ecological information,
- Seed propagation of rare or threatened species,
- Habitat restoration or reintroduction efforts,
- Raising public awareness regarding orchid conservation and encouraging public participation,
- Providing education or outreach to present and future members of the conservation community.
All orchid conservation-oriented projects, anywhere in the world, will be considered. Although an institutional affiliation is helpful, it is not required. Funds are limited; past grants have averaged about $3,000.00. Due to the nature of conservation projects, ongoing multi-year support is a possibility. We REQUIRE all projects be reported on annually and that an article featuring your project be submitted for publication in Orchids magazine within six months of completion.
The application period begins January 1, 2021. Applications must be received no later than March 14, 2021. Please see the AOS website for application and requirements (https://www.aos.org/about-us/orchid-conservation.aspx), or contact the AOS Conservation Committee directly at Conservation_committee@aos.org.
Good luck! – Charles Wilson, Chair AOS Conservation Committee
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