Description: In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19 in order to better understand how this pandemic—or the threat of another—will shape our world for years to come. Proposed projects should seek to better understand and/or provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping us to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world. This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two topics:
- Community-based and inclusive wildlife and cultural heritage site conservation.
- Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife.
Below are examples of the types of questions and projects that the Society would like to receive:
How have community and grassroots organizations dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and cultural heritage sites been impacted by COVID-19? How have organizations continued their conservation activities during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to conservation are being tried? With people unable to afford to stay in cities, how are rural communities shaped and changed by people returning? Given the ongoing economic crises due to COVID-19, what lessons can be applied post pandemic to support sustainable and just economic recovery in areas with high biodiversity and/or cultural heritage resources? How have changes in global and/or domestic tourism affected wildlife, protected area management, cultural heritage site conservation, and the livelihoods and well-being of nearby communities? See website for more info.
Award: Up to $50,000.
Eligibility: Applicants must be 18 years or older. Only applications that propose activity in the applicant’s country of residence will be considered.
Deadline: Statement of interest accepted through 11:59 pm EDT, March 31, 2021. Applicants will receive decisions on their statement of interest by April 8, 2021. Full applications will be due by 11:59 pm EDT, May 19, 2021.