ASA Start-up Grants

Grant Criteria: 

  • Key priority topics for funding include habitat conservation and mitigating the impact of amphibian diseases. We are also keen to support any actions that promote awareness and understanding of amphibians and their conservation, and any knowledge products that will improve conservation impacts. Examples of useful knowledge products include: conservation action plans (see CPSG and example plans); information that can contribute to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species assessments and Conservation Needs Assessments; conservation evidence studies; disease screening protocols and mitigation studies; and engagement with the identification and planning of Key Biodiversity Areas. We are keen to see in situ conservation efforts supported by up-to-date conservation evidence and effective conservation planning, and also appropriate awareness-raising and education actions.
  • Any communication and awareness-raising activities must be justified in the context of how these actions may influence key audiences in a way that will help mitigate threats and improve the outlook for target species.
  • Additional aspects of a project proposal that are appreciated include: a clear link to Amphibian Conservation Action Plan priorities; projects that are actively seeking and/or have acquired match funding for linked activities; strong communication outputs; up-to-date information about major threats to target species; how threats will be mitigated and adherence to any relevant evidence-based conservation studies and/or species conservation action plan(s); evidence of all appropriate partnerships with key stakeholders, including local community-based and government support; links to current or planned habitat protection and other conservation measures; and a clear onward and/or exit strategy.
  • Projects in developing countries that are led by (or integrally include) local partners will be prioritised, as will projects that focus on globally Threatened/Data Deficient amphibian species. While we appreciate efforts to keep regionally threatened but globally Near Threatened or Least Concern species common, our limited funds are restricted to projects involving species that need help at a global level. That said, projects involving local populations of species in serious decline may be considered on their own merits.
  • All grant recipients must be associated with organizations that are current ASA partners. If this is not the case, you must submit an ASA partnership request form together with your stage 1 Project Outline (please contact us to apply to the ASA partnership). Evidence of any official link to current ASA partner(s) must also be provided in the form of a letter of support from a colleague at that organization.
  • Applicants that have been awarded an Amphibian Ark Conservation Grant for any ex situ project components will be prioritised for associated in situ threat mitigation actions. We do not fund ex situ measures directly, but instead work in partnership with Amphibian Ark, so if your project involves an ex situ component, please visit:
  • If available, a copy of a species conservation action plan for the target species should be included, or other planning document(s) which include reference to the project, specific objectives and timelines for meeting those objectives. The plan should have been developed in conjunction with all relevant stakeholders, including those working with the species and/or its habitat in the wild. Inadequate planning is one of the biggest causes for the failure of amphibian conservation programs, and we expect to see appropriate planning in place prior to a program being implemented. A Species Action Plan template is available in English or in Spanish, with existing amphibian conservation action plans for reference available here.
  • Biosecurity is of utmost important when working with amphibians. All full proposals must demonstrate the strategies in place for preventing the spread of disease, and planning and/or conducting any necessary disease screening protocols. (See also AArk recommended biosecurity standards).

Application Guidelines and Requirements: Stage 1 Project Outlines

*Deadline TBD

All applicants are required to submit a brief Project Outline and, if successful at this stage, will be invited to submit a Full Application. Your Project Outline should be less than 500 words in length and should contain information under the following headings:

  • Target species
  • Organization (if not already an ASA partner or affiliated with an ASA partner, you must also submit an ASA Partnership Application Form (also available in Spanish) with your Project Outline)
  • Project manager
  • Goals
  • Proposed outcomes
  • Other funding sources (both requested and received)

Please pay close attention to these Project Outline guidelines and the grant criteria. Project Outlines will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application. Full Applications will not be accepted without a Project Outline having been submitted and approved by the ASA Conservation Grants review committee.

Need some help? ASA staff are available if you need assistance in formulating your proposal. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions as we will be happy to provide any additional guidance that may help with the development of your proposal. Email us at

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