Before completing an Auckland Zoo Small Grant application and to give your application the best chance for consideration please consider the following:
The intent of this programme is to help provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value – please make sure your project qualifies. Many applications are rejected at this first hurdle because their project has a value greater than NZD $20,000.
We have noticed a particularly high number of applications with a very similar format of providing community workshops, meetings and /or events as a mechanism to promote conservation. While we remain open to this approach, generally these applications will not be considered unless:
- They are providing a targeted approach to a specific issue.
- Results are able to be measured.
- And have the support of a well-known, international conservation organisation or the relevant IUCN specialist group (e.g. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group).
Many applications are rejected due to inaccurate or too brief budgets. We recommend you put time into properly preparing your budgets including detailed breakdown of costs including hourly rates for labour associated with the project. It also helps if you have checked your figures – we believe the quality and accuracy of an application will be reflected in the delivery of a project.
It is also worth noting the that deadlines are New Zealand time, which means you might have to submit your application a day earlier in later time zones. We try and be flexible on this but with increasing number of applications to process you run the risk of your application being rejected for simply not being submitted before the deadline.
If you are providing professional references you must provide organisational/institutional email addresses for your referees rather than personal email addresses (e.g. not Hotmail and Gmail email addresses).
Please take the time to fill out our application form completely and don't be too brief in descriptions or answers. Remember this is a competitive process, so make your application compelling and don't be afraid to include pictures or additional support documents.
You can also ask our team for help or advice by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org