(May 3, 2022) The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation is now accepting applications for its Accelerating Connections Award, which will award up to $2 million in grants for innovative projects to protect and conserve the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
These grants, which will be awarded to up to five winning proposals, are open to all industries and will focus on innovative approaches and solutions.
“We’ve made great strides in the effort to conserve the Florida Wildlife Corridor, particularly in the last year, but we want to move even faster,” said Mallory Dimmitt, CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation. “These grants are designed to support fresh perspectives and generate solutions for achieving ambitious but reachable goals in the next decade.”
The Corridor Foundation is open to a range of ideas, including novel approaches to finding willing landowners or exploring new ways to leverage donations for land protection, to establishing a new capital market scheme. All applications must meet the below criteria:
Implementation of a new mechanism, tool, method, activity, or collaboration that achieves lasting land conservation within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Evidence of long-term sustainability, as far as both the conservation outcomes and the process created.
A scalable approach, so that the activities can be replicated to secure new conservation on tens of thousands of acres of Corridor lands per year.
A focus on engineering conservation in the high-urgency areas of the Corridor—i.e., those most vulnerable to development by 2030.
Further, projects that include underrepresented communities in the conservation sphere will be looked on favorably.
Letters of Interest can be submitted here through the Corridor Foundation’s website and will be accepted until July 1, 2022. Upon review, a subset of applicants will be invited to apply in mid-August.
Experts from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation can be made available for interviews or comments upon request.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation seeks to bring partners and people together to accomplish the shared goal of permanently connecting, protecting, and restoring the Corridor. Inspired by the journey of a bear called M34, Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation is known for their visual storytelling of expeditions into the Corridor. Donations to the foundation help to develop engaging outreach and educational programming for youth and adults, deliver key messages to citizens and officials to increase conservation funding, and aggressively pursue conservation and restoration in priority locations within the Corridor. For more information visit www.floridawildlifecorridor.com or follow @FL_wildcorridor.
Please direct any questions about the grant to Nicole Brand at Nicole@FloridaWildlifeCorridor.org
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