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Applications open for BCI Small Grants program

Applications open for BCI Small Grants program

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Bat Conservation International has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for small grants to fund student projects focused on bat conservation priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This opportunity is open to all university students whose projects will have a direct connection or implication for forest conservation/management and take place in Latin America or the Caribbean. Additionally, eligible projects should fit within at least one of the following categories:   

Category #1: The project will answer ecological or behavioral questions essential to the conservation of one or more bat species currently listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, or Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Category #2: The project contributes to bat knowledge and sustainable conservation within a priority landscape, which is defined as one of the following:

  • Key Biodiversity Area (KBA)
  • Important Area/Site for Bat Conservation (AICOM/SICOM) as per the guidelines of the Latin American Bat Conservation Network (RELCOM); or
  • An area/site that meets the criteria for a KBA or AICOM/SICOM, but has yet to be officially recognized as such (the applicant must justify how their project location qualifies);

Category #3: The project proposes and/or tests the effectiveness of strategies to avoid, minimize, or mitigate one of these serious threats to bats: wind energy development, mining or other mineral extraction, land conversion, deforestation, persecution, hunting, disturbance of cave roosts, climate change, or use of toxins/pesticides.

Financial awards of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be given to the best projects, as determined by a review team of internal and external experts, including members of the Board of the Latin American Bat Conservation Network (RELCOM). BCI anticipates making between four (4) and eight (8) small grant awards. Final decisions and funding agreements are expected to be announced by February 15, 2016.

The online application system will become available for applicant registrations and proposal submissions on November 4th, and it will close to applicants on November 25th at 11:59pm CST. Detailed information is available online. 

To contact BCI about this RFP, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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