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Greenville Zoo accepting applications for conservation grants

Staff Report //January 3, 2020//

Greenville Zoo accepting applications for conservation grants

Staff Report //January 3, 2020//

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The Greenville Zoo is currently accepting applications for its conservation grant program. Utilizing funds raised through its Quarters for Conservation program, the zoo awards grants to projects that focus on field conservation, conservation research or conservation education, according to a news release.

Citizen science-based projects are also eligible to apply. First-time applicants can apply for up to $1,000 and previous grant recipients in good standing can apply for up to $3,000, the release said. The application is available online and the deadline is Jan. 31.

The Greenville Zoo originally launched the conservation grant program in 2011 to support projects in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Today, regional projects still receive preferred funding priority but national and international conservation projects can also apply, the release said. In 2019, the zoo awarded $17,410 to 10 conservation projects in locations ranging from the Savannah River area in South Carolina to Africa.

According to deputy zoo administrator and veterinarian Dr. Nikolay Kapustin, the zoo especially encourages submissions from Upstate citizen science initiatives and university studies in wildlife ecology subjects that are often challenged to find funding due to their smaller scope. 

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