PPG Conservation & Sustainability Fund
The PPG Industries Conservation & Sustainability Fund is designed to further the mission of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium by awarding grants between $1,000 and $3,000. Over the past decade, we have funded over 100 projects in 40 countries and 2 oceans.
For the 2014 grant cycle, the Zoo will accept proposals beginning January 1, 2014. You will be able to submit your application form until February 5, 2014. Decisions will be made by March 30, 2014 and funding will be available on May 1, 2014.
Click here to download an application form.
WHAT WE FUND:
A wide variety of projects will be considered, but field studies and cross-disclipinary approaches to conservation are especially encouraged. For projects conducted outside the United States, evidence of strong local involvement is essential.
WHAT WE DO NOT FUND:
Visitor surveys, husbandry projects, training (except for foreign researchers), and travel (except to bring foreign researchers to meetings) are NOT appropriate for this fund.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE HAVE FUNDED:
Identifying Threats to the Hooloock Gibbon in India
Dilip Chetry, Gauhati University, India
(File photo of a femal hoolock Gibbon -- Ritu Raj Konwar)
The Hoolock gibbon is the only ape in India. Spending almost all its time in trees, the gibbon is acutely sensitive to forest destruction. No detailed and comprehensive study has yet been carried out on the effect of human communities' lifestyles on the gibbon's habitat. Mr. Chetry is looking at the impact of human actions on gibbons in four fragmented habitats in India.
The American Burying Beetle Recovery Program
Louis Perrotti, Roger Williams Park Zoo
(Photo by M.L. Jameson, courtesy of the Division of Entomology, University of Nebraska State Museum)
The goals of this project are to determine the success, to date, of the reintroduction of the American burying beetle, and to develop a Master Plan and Husbandry Manual for this species. This endangered beetle performs an essential biological role by recycling carcasses and returning valuable nutrients to the soil.
Ecology and Conservation of the Cross River Gorilla in Nigeria
Ernest Nwufoh, Primates Preservation Group
(Photo by Paul A. Selvaggio)
Mr. Nwufoh will study the gorillas of the Mbe Mountains, describe the basic features of the ecology and the status of the gorillas, and make recommendations for their local conservation. There are currently thought to be only about 50 individuals in this population, which suffers from endemic threats of habitat destruction, hunting for bushmeat, and diseases such as the Ebola virus.