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National Geographic Society Grants Program – Level I Funding: Call for Applications

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 24, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on November 17, 2021
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The National Geographic Society’s Grants Program - Level I Funding provides seed funding and support to early career individuals who are working to address critical challenges, advance new solutions, and inspire positive transformation across all seven continents.

Utilize This Offer

Who Should Apply?
1. If you have not yet received a grant from the National Geographic Society, are working to establish yourself further in your field, hope to gain more experience leading projects, and are interested in joining the National Geographic Explorer community, you may apply for a Level I grant for one-year long projects.
2. You must be 18 or older to apply for a National Geographic Society grant.
3. If you are working on a project outside your home country or community, you must include at least one local collaborator on your team who is significantly involved in the project.
4. You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time.
5. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should write the application and be listed as the project leader.

We award grants to individuals working on bold, innovative, and transformative projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, & technology that align with one or more of our focus areas:
• Ocean
• Land
• Wildlife
• Human History and Cultures
• Human Ingenuity.

Level I grants receive funding up to USD$20,000 and offer unique opportunities for training, networking, coaching, mentorship, and more from fellow National Geographic Explorers, experts, staff, partners, and forums.

Project start dates should be a minimum of six months after the submission deadline to ensure any awarded funds are received in time.

We only accept applications that are submitted through our online portal. Please do not mail or email your application.

All applications are due by November 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 24
Oct 24

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 25
Oct 25

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great.