Danish Greeting - World Parrot Trust Action Grants: Request for Proposal

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Subject: Danish Greeting - World Parrot Trust Action Grants: Request for Proposals
From: "Peter Them" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 19:18:01 +0200

Dear All,

Greeting from the summer Denmark. - Would you please pass this

message on to anyone who might be interested.

Many thanks and  sorry if this is not of interest.

Best wishes, Peter

Peter H. Them, DK-Denmark

-----Original Message-----
From: Gilardi [
Sent: 9. juni 2001 00:11
To: Peter Them
Subject: World Parrot Trust Action Grants: Request for Proposals

Dear Peter,

We are now launching a program we're calling the 'Action Grants' to support the enormous amount of conservation work called for in the Parrot Action Plan. It would be a great help if you could post this announcement to all your parrot contacts.

Thank you very much in advance,


James D. Gilardi, Ph.D., Director
The World Parrot Trust         

The World Parrot Trust's Actions Grants Program:
Request for Proposals

Our goal is to support the implementation of the Parrot Action Plan by funding conservation action on behalf of the nearly 100 species of parrots that are globally threatened with extinction.

For the current round of grants, we are planning on allotting US$50,000 to 10-15 projects of this kind - so proposals should be for no more that US$5000.  Projects will be reviewed by our Scientific Committee and priority will given to projects directed toward effective conservation of parrot species included in the Parrot Action Plan (for a copy of the plan, please see for both the online version and the printed version).

In an effort to make this program as streamlined as possible, we are requesting brief pre-proposals of 300 words or less and a skeleton budget which outlines the broad categories of expenses.  Both should fit on one printed page.  In the pre-proposal, please include the title of your project, your name, the institution you work for, current and potential collaborators and supporters of your work, a brief description of the study site, the conservation need, the actions proposed, why you think they'll work, and how you'll know if they achieved your conservation goals.  List the expenses in terms of 1. lodging and food, 2. travel, 3. salaries, 4. equipment (items >$500), 5. supplies (items <$500), 6. miscellaneous expenses, and the total.  For the format of the pre-proposal, please see the sample template below.

Do not submit any photographs, video, or other supporting materials with your pre-proposal.

We prefer e-mail submissions to but you can also fax your pre-proposals to:  UK (44) 1736 751 028; US 651-275-1891

or mail them to:

WPT-UK Action Grants, Glanmor House, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4HB, UK
WPT-USA Action Grants, PO Box 353, Stillwater, MN 55082, USA

Review Criteria:
Our criteria for assessing all proposals will be:
1. The conservation significance of the proposed project;
2. The scientific quality and methods proposed;
3. The types of conservation tools to be employed; and
4. The likelihood of the project achieving its stated goals.

To save us both time and energy, please note that this level of funding is especially compatible with certain types of conservation solutions; crafting your proposal with this fact in mind will be in your interest.  For instance, grants of this size can make a substantial contribution toward projects employing techniques such as radio telemetry, disease sampling, habitat modification, nest site augmentation or protection, and various forms of carefully designed surveys (these are examples, by no means a complete list).  In contrast, for a broad scale program such as a large land purchase, a country-wide education campaign, or a study using satellite transmitters on birds, these modest grants are unlikely to be of great value (effective though these methods may be).

Schedule and Deadlines:

For this first Action Grant round, please submit your one page pre-proposals by 1 August 2001.  If your pre-proposal is approved, we will send you the details for submitting a full proposal by 1 September 2001.  We intend to have another grant round in early 2002, although the level of funding has not yet been determined.

We look forward to your submissions!

Example of pre-proposal and budget:

Conservation of the Broad-billed Rock Parrot on St. Darwin's Island.

Jane and John Doe
St. Darwin's Island Conservation Group
12 Charles Street
Portstown, St. Darwin's Island

Project Summary: (this hypothetical example is less than 200 words)
As outlined in the Parrot Action Plan, the Broad-billed Rock Parrot population stands at less than 200 birds and continues to suffer from rat predation and capture for the domestic and international pet trade.  The St. Darwin's Island Conservation Group is proposing to study of the nest cliffs to identify all nesting sites, map the cliffs for future reference, place commercially available rat bait around each of the active sites, monitor nesting success in all nests, and station guards at the nesting cliff during the breeding season.  We think these measures will work because similar rat eradication has been highly-effective in similar environments and because the guards are the ex-poachers and our pay-structure makes it highly unlikely that they will allow any further collection of chicks.  These stop-gap measures will stabilize the declining population while long term solutions such as the purchase of parrot habitat, legislation to protect this species, and education of local residents can be developed and implemented. By quantifying nest success and conducting the annual post-breeding count, we will evaluate the effectiveness of this approach in encouraging the recovery of this critically-threatened parrot.

Collaborators and Supporters:
We are currently working closely with the St. Darwin's Island forestry department and the SDI National Trust-  our group and these collaborators provide >$10k in matching funds and in-kind support for this project.  We have also applied for $7000 US support from the Global Wildlife Federation.

Budget Outline:
1. Lodging and food $2000, 2. travel (fuel and vehicle maintenance) $500, 3. salaries (for guards) $1500, 4. equipment (night vision gear) $600, 5. supplies (bait, blind materials, climbing gear, office supplies) $800, 6. misc. expenses (report preparation, phone/fax) $200; Action Grant budget total $5600.
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