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Conservation Funding Opportunity for 2016

The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society will provide up to $1,500 for a qualifying conservation project in Washington that advances interests of the Chapter.  The funding will be for work to be completed by end of calendar year 2016.

Conditions to Qualify:

  • Project will be conducted somewhere primarily in Washington (may include portions neighbor states immediately adjacent to Washington border)
  • Project can be new or part of a conservation effort already underway
  • Work funded must be completed by end of calendar year 2016
  • Submission must be by a WA-TWS member or clearly indicate involvement of a WA-TWS member
  • A single project effort for the available amount is preferred, but Chapter will consider funding multiple conservation efforts at lesser amounts totaling the amount available.
  • Funded activity can be on-the-ground actions or communication and outreach activities

To Apply:

Send a project description (no more than 3 pages) in MSWord or .pdf to Tony Fuchs (tony.fuchs@pse.com) by 1 December 2015.  Funding approval will be communicated by January 2016.

The project description should contain:

  • Title of the Project
  • Objective(s)
  • Location and Spatial Extent of the Project
  • Description of how work will benefit wildlife populations and/or habitat conservation
  • Species and/or habitats to be benefited
  • Identity of any project partners
  • Brief statement of how WA-TWS participation and funding will be acknowledged as part of project outreach or other awareness building
  • Digital images may be included to illustrate project
  • Contact name, address, phone, and e-mail for person submitting.

Research Grants

The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society provides grant funding for wildlife research projects in Washington State.  Funding requests cannot exceed $2,500.  Student proposals are encouraged.  Proposals are reviewed by the Grant Committee and final funding decisions are made by the Board.  For grant year 2016 and beyond, the deadline for submission of proposals is 15 December (e.g., 15 December 2015 for grant year 2016, etc.).  Note that this is a change from the March deadline of previous years.

Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length (not including CVs) and include the following information:  Introduction, Methods, Timetable, Budget, Expected Products, and Curriculum Vitae of proposer(s).

Proposals will be rated based on the following criteria:

·         The importance of the question.

·         Adequacy of proposed methods to meet project objectives.

·         Likely success of achieving objectives given question, design, funding, and time period.

·         Species management priority (e.g. T&E and sensitive species, important game species, etc.).

·         Publication potential.

·         Researchers’ experience.

·         Relative importance of the TWS monetary contribution to achieving research goals.

Grant recipients will be expected to present results of their project at a future Annual Meeting of the Chapter and/or provide a write-up for the Chapter newsletter.  Recipients also are expected to be (or become) members of the Washington Chapter at the time the funds are received (Go to Membership).

If you have questions please contact

John Lehmkuhl @ (509) 669-7373; jlehmkuhl@nwi.net


Bill Gaines @ (509) 860-4974; bgaines@genext.net).



Offered by

The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Application available here.

Dick Fitzner was a wildlife biologist, a wildlife educator, a wildlife artist, a hunter, fisherman, naturalist, and a past president of the Washington Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Dick always offered enthusiasm, inspiration, and encouragement to the many wildlife biologists that knew him. Through this memorial scholarship fund, in Dick Fitzner’s name, the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society hopes to help encourage and inspire future wildlife biologists.

Purpose of the fund: 

To provide financial aid to wildlife oriented biology students who will have junior or senior standing at a college or university in the state of Washington during the fall semester/quarter of the year in which the scholarship is awarded. Applications are due by December 15 each year. The scholarship is awarded during that winter for the following academic year. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated need for financial aid; a history of experiences, activities, and interests in the field of wildlife biology; college course work applicable to field biology; and grades. College transcripts and two letters of reference from instructors or past employers must accompany the application form.

The fund shall provide up to $2,500 toward the tuition of the selected student(s) for the fall term during the year in which the scholarship is granted. The funds shall be paid to the Registrar at the college or university being attended, and credited toward the student’s tuition for the fall semester/quarter.

Scholarship fund administration:

The Scholarship trust fund is administered by a four person Board of Trustees. The Board consists of the Scholarship Committee Chairperson, the Chapter President, the Chapter President-elect, and Lisa Fitzner. Scholarship distribution is determined by the same Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees reserves the right not to award a scholarship or to award more than one scholarship during a year, depending on the Board’s opinion of the applicants’ qualifications and the availability of funds. All Board decisions are final.

Address correspondence concerning the Trust and the Scholarship to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson:

John Grettenberger
3138 Wilderness Dr. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Application materials must be received by the Scholarship Chairperson by December 15th each year.