Application Guidelines

Only applications that adhere to the following guidelines will be considered. All documents should be compiled into a single MS Word file or PDF document, and not submitted as multiple individual files.  MS Word forms are available from the download links below.



Include a completed cover sheet (type or print) as page 1 of your proposal (download cover sheet as MS Word doc).



The following information should be included under the sub-headings listed below. This section should not exceed 5 pages (excluding 2 page CVs for each PI) with a minimum font size of 11.

a)     Introduction and Background
 – Include information on species status, conservation needs, and current threats. If this project is part of an ongoing effort, include a bulleted list of milestones, by year, as well as the approximate amount of funding received each year to accomplish that milestone.

b)    Project Description and Methods
 – Describe the proposed actions and how the project will be conducted. Include overall project goals and objectives. Important: If funds are being requested for more than one project component, i.e., public information campaign AND release and monitoring, describe each component SEPARATELY. Include information for each component on techniques to be used, data analysis, and how information will be utilized and disseminated once the project is completed.

c)     Projected Outcomes and Anticipated Conservation Impact 
- Describe how the results will be used or applied toward the conservation of the species or its habitat. How will the success of the project, or its components, be evaluated?

d)    Project Schedule 
- Provide a timetable (beginning and completion) for the major project components.

e)     Budget and Budget Narrative – 
Itemize individual expenses into the following 4 major categories: Labor, Travel, Equipment and Supplies, and Other. Please use the budget table template (MS Word doc). Please be certain reviewers can easily determine which budget items are needed to carry out each project component. Total Budget should not exceed $10 – $12,000 USD. Also submit a budget narrative, itemized by budget category and project component, justifying the cost of each line item in the budget table. Detailed information on the equipment requested should be supplied in the narrative.

f)      Other Sources of Support – Are matching funds available and have they been applied for? Describe any existing or proposed funding for this project, both logistical and/or technical.



Submit a 2-page abbreviated CV for each PI.


4.    IF YOU ARE A PREVIOUS GRANT AWARD RECIPIENT AND ARE APPLYING FOR AN ADDITIONAL IIF GRANTField reports detailing the previous year’s activities are due the 1st of September before the current Request for Proposals deadline. Please follow the IIF Reporting Template here.



Completed proposals and questions regarding the application should be directed to:

Rick Hudson, IIF Executive Director and cc’d to David Hedrick, IIF Program Officer

Emails greater than 10 MB will be blocked.



Download Complete Application Guidelines as PDF

Download Example of a Previous Successful Application as PDF