For the sake of the planet, we must change the conservation career path from one of exclusion and privilege to one of inclusion and growth.

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Grant Programs

The Conservation Nation Grant Program offers direct funding to help save animals and their ecosystems around the world by building a stronger, more diverse conservation community. We believe that only by supporting each other and breaking down barriers to expand the number and diversity of conservationists in the fight will we be giving this challenge all we’ve got.

We offer two tiers of grants:

  • To support critical field work of established conservationists who will be role models and mentors for the breadth of diversity needed in conservation leadership;
  • To support emerging conservationists who have the passion and ideas the planet needs but not the privilege, access and networks that hold back so many from success.

Established Conservationists
We provide grants for global, wildlife-saving work being done by mid-career conservationists from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, Indigenous people, and those from disadvantaged communities. A Conservation Nation Grant will place a strong emphasis on ensuring that grant recipients will share their work and knowledge and become mentors for our emerging conservationists and youth conservationists.

Emerging Conservationists
We provide funding to emerging conservationists to underwrite internships and professional development activities that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Our grantees will work hand in hand with Conservation Nation as mentors and role models to inspire the next generation. In turn, they will receive mentoring from our Established Conservationists.

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2021 Grant Winners

Established and Emerging Conservationists
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2021 Grant Winners

Lauren Augustine

Lauren Augustine

Lauren Augustine is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. A life-long herpetology lover, Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental

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Tania Romero Bautista

Tania Romero Bautista

Tania Romero Bautista is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. Born and raised in Madre de Dios, Peru, Tania is passionate about

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Established Conservationists
Lauren Augustine

Lauren Augustine

Lauren Augustine is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. A life-long herpetology lover, Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental

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Tania Romero Bautista

Tania Romero Bautista

Tania Romero Bautista is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. Born and raised in Madre de Dios, Peru, Tania is passionate about

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T'Noya Thompson

T’Noya Thompson

T’Noya Thompson is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 established conservationist grant winners. T’Noya was born and raised in the Bahamas, which fostered a deep connection

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Emerging Conservationists
Maddy Jackson

Maddy Jackson

Maddy Jackson is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a BS in

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Elise Loggers

Elise Loggers

Elise Loggers is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, she spent three

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Carlisle Segal

Carlisle Segal

Carly Segal is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. Carly spent her childhood in northern California exploring tidepools, streams, forests, and mountains

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Cirenia Torres

Cirenia Torres

Cirenia Torres is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. Cirenia graduated from USC’s Spatial Sciences Institute with a MS in Geographic Information

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Kassandra Townsend

Kassandra Townsend

Kassandra Townsend is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. She hopes to be one of the voices that can bridge a gap

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Nova West

Nova West

Nova West is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. Nova is an artist, scuba diver, filmmaker, photographer, and environmental educator from Minnesota.

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Isaac Wilson

Isaac Wilson

Isaac Wilson is one of Conservation Nation’s 2021 emerging conservationist grant winners. Isaac is a Herpetology keeper at the Saint Louis Zoo (STLZ) working with

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