Innovative conservation projects could receive funding from TogetherGreen, an alliance between Audubon and Toyota.
The National Audubon Society is now accepting applications for its 2010 class of TogetherGreen Fellows and Innovation Grantees.
Through TogetherGreen Conservation Fellowships, 40 promising individuals (half from the Audubon network and half from external organizations) will be chosen for their leadership potential, skills and commitment to engaging people of diverse backgrounds in conservation action.
Fellows receive a $10,000 grant, help launching a conservation action project, and specialized training. They also become part of an alumni network of conservation professionals from across the country.
TogetherGreen Innovation Grants provide essential funding that enables Audubon and their partners to inspire, equip, and support activities that engage people in conservation action and creating healthier communities.
Audubon will select a minimum of 40 proposals, providing more than $1 million dollars of support. Grants range from $5,000 to $80,000. An expert advisory panel will review the grants, with the majority of averaging about $25,000.
Candidates for the TogetherGreen Fellows program must have at least six years experience in some area of the environment, a passion for conservation, the desire to learn and grow, and an interest and ability to reach diverse and previously underrepresented audiences.
The inaugural class of TogetherGreen Fellows was named in 2008 and in less than one year recruited more than 3,400 participants who contributed a combined 37,000 hours to their conservation action projects. The 2009 Fellows are currently engaging thousands of people in the protection of habitat, wildlife, and water resources, as well as reducing energy use in 37 cities in 20 different states and one territory in the United States.
Innovation Grant funds will be awarded to Audubon’s broad national network, including State Programs, Centers, and local Chapters – each working in partnership with one or more external organizations. Recipients will be chosen for innovative ideas that achieve conservation results focused on habitat, water, and energy. Selected grants will also need to demonstrate how they are reaching new and diverse communities and helping people get engaged in local conservation action. Nearly 90 environmental projects have already received Innovation Grants totaling more than $2.5 million to achieve results focused on habitat, water, and energy nationwide.
To apply for a 2010 TogetherGreen Fellowship, visit:
The site includes application guidelines, selection criteria, eligibility, benefits, and an online application.
To apply for a 2010 TogetherGreen Innovation Grant, Audubon Chapters, programs, Centers, sanctuaries and independent Audubon groups should visit:
The site includes application guidelines, selection criteria, benefits, and an online application.
The deadline to apply for a TogetherGreen Fellowship and/or Innovation Grant is May 7, 2010. Fellows and Grant applicants will be notified in July 2010 and August 2010 respectively.
Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to build the promise of a greener, healthier future through innovation, leadership and volunteerism.