Bats play key roles in nature while also providing important benefits by controlling insect pests. Recent studies estimate that bats eat enough pests to save the U.S. corn industry alone more than $1 billion a year in crop damage and pesticide costs, and more than $3 billion per year to all agricultural production.
Unfortunately, more than 6 million bats have died over the past decade from a disease called white-nose syndrome. In some sites, up to 100 percent of bats have disappeared. The Bats for the Future Fund was launched in the fall of 2016 to provide grant funding for existing and novel treatments for white-nose syndrome, which is a disease that has killed over 6 million bats over the past decade. Major funding for the fund is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with additional funding from the U.S. Forest Service.