Conservation Grants

The Desert Fishes Council (DFC) Conservation Grants Program has been established to support projects that contribute to preserving the biological integrity of aquatic ecosystems and their associated life forms in arid regions, in accordance with the mission of the Council. Projects can include direct conservation activities, research, outreach, or equipment needed for these activities. This grant is awarded to individuals, not institutions, and cannot be used to pay for salary, food, water, or other routine personnel support. DFC does not cover overhead. Multiple grants may be awarded annually in amounts of up to $1,000. Larger grants may be considered under special circumstances. Grants will be awarded only to DFC members in good standing.

Recipients are expected to present a paper at the annual DFC meeting on the project in which the funds are used. DFC support should be recognized in all resulting publications and presentations. Proposals should be submitted by April 1 and decisions will be made by May 1. If there is an immediate need for funding outside of this time period, contact the Member-at-Large and we may be able to consider your request, pending available funds.

Applicants will submit the completed Conservation Award Application electronically to the President ( and Member-at-Large Eliza Gilbert ( as a Word or pdf document. All information requested on the application form must be provided for consideration.

Selection criteria will include: (1) applicability to the DFC mission, (2) benefit to subject species, (3) status of subject species, (4) potential for long-term beneficial impacts, (5) probability of success, (6) applicant credentials and career stage, (7) availability of alternative funding sources, and (8) significance of the funding to applicant/project. The assessment rubric is available here.

Selection of projects will be by an ad hoc committee comprised of the Member-at-Large and two additional active DFC members. Members of the current selection committee and their dependents/students are not eligible for grants.