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This blog is primarily geared toward staff at the zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other conservation education organizations that are part of our growing global network. We aim to provide you with cutting edge, challenging, and creative information, ideas, and tools to become as effective as possible at communicating about and for conservation with your visitors and the public.

See our ongoing communications research, or join our growing network, at The Ocean Project's website.

August 29, 2011

Small Grants RFP Hurricane Irene Update

We hope everyone affected by Hurricane Irene is safe and doing well. We, here in Rhode Island, are safe, but facing significant disruptions to power and communication.

On account of all the disruptions caused by the hurricane, we will be extending our RFP deadline by a week. Small grant applications will now be due next Thursday, September 8, 2011. We hope this will give everyone enough time to finalize their proposal. (We know we will be trying to get back to business as usual!)

Stay safe.

August 25, 2011

Last call for RFPs!

Small Grants anyone? It's your last chance!

Have a project that you’ve always been wanting to try but there were always other funding priorities? Then you should check out The Ocean Project’s Small Grants RFP! We’re looking for projects that implement the findings of our market research, evaluate its success, and share the experience with other partners.

If you’ve got a smart/innovative/interesting project looking to shift the paradigm on communicating to inspire conservation action, we want to hear from you! 

Act now! The deadline is Sept 1
(The application isn’t onerous – there’s still time to pull the proposal together.) 

August 2, 2011

The Ocean Project wants your Small Grants proposals!

Small Grants Program Funding Opportunity
Deadline September 1st
If you are a partner zoo, aquarium, or museum and with a great idea, let us help you! The Ocean Project Small Grants Program will grant up to $50,000 to ZAMs in 2011 and up to $60,000 in both 2012 and 2013, with no minimum and a maximum of $15,000 per ZAM a year. Check out the RFP to see if you qualify for funding.

To help us achieve our collaborative mission and expand our market research initiative, The Ocean Project was awarded a three-year grant in 2010 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with four major goals:
  1. Measure changes in awareness and action on ocean and climate issues, expanding the market research, with three annual surveys and nine quarterly tracking survey updates;
  2. Assist Ocean Project Partners—including zoos, aquariums, and museums—in integrating the research findings into their priorities and programs by providing in-depth analysis and actionable recommendations, while simultaneously providing the results to others in the broader conservation community;
  3. Maximize the application of the research through professional development and other capacity building opportunities; and
  4. Support and shape outreach efforts that connect climate change, the ocean, and individual action, especially as related to leveraging environmentally active youth to help build the core of a new movement of social responsibility for ocean conservation.
One of the ultimate goals of this initiative is to help our partners create an ocean literate and ready-to-act American public.


Eligible applicants are limited to ZAMs in the United States that are partners in The Ocean Project network (see all partners listed hereand are also AZA-accredited institutions. Other organizations seeking funds through this grant opportunity must work through one of these types of eligible organizations.