Major changes to our Opportunities Fund

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Helping to create a sustainable and resilient conservation community

Full details and how to apply here.

There is increasing awareness that alongside the global economic, social and health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still facing a climate emergency.

IIC has many members who often find themselves working in extreme and hostile environments – at times with very few resources or little support. We want to respond to these challenges – offering practical as well as moral support to our members and helping germinate the new approaches that we will need, as conservation professionals and as members of society, in the years ahead.

IIC is therefore radically revising its Opportunities Fund – expanding the funding available and opening it up to ALL members within two strands. Potential applicants can join IIC to become eligible for the grant.

From 1 July 2020, there will be two strands to Opportunities Fund grants:

Needs-Based and Learning-Focused IIC Stipends (up to £250) 

We are offering funding for up to 50 current IIC Student, Early Career and Individual members to support their learning, research and professional development during these challenging times. This could cover anything from skill building – possibly through attending events on or offline, enhancing conservation and digital skills or learning how to diversify income streams.

Round One Opens: 1 July 2020

Round One Closes: 1 September 2020

Seed Funding Grants (up to £750)

Providing support for projects and initiatives that promote sustainability, resilience, or adaptation post Covid-19. This strand will be open to collaborative projects involving members, which are led by current Fellows or Institutional supporters. We expect to fund 10 – 12 projects in the first year. In this strand, we welcome applications that meet immediate practical need, as well as more experimental work.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 1 September 2020

Opens: 1 October 2020

Closes: 1 December 2020

Read the full details of the fund include how it is supported, and how you can either contribute or apply here.