NFWF Announces Release of Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program 2016 Request for Proposals

Washington, D.C., (June 7, 2016) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the release of the 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program (KWRCP). The program, which was launched in 2015 with significant support from SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., is dedicated to studying and protecting killer whales in the wild. The KWRCP focuses on three strategies: increasing prey availability; improving habitat quality; and strengthening management through crucial research.

Proposals are due July 14, 2016, and the full RFP can be found here.

In just its first year, the program awarded five grants totaling more than $582,084, and these grants were matched by $848,711 from the grantees, for a total conservation impact of $1,430,795. The 2015 grants span all three of the priority strategies for the program and summaries are provided here.

In addition, several of the projects funded by the KWRCP were highlighted in NOAA’s recent release of the Species in the Spotlight Action Plan for this population, which can be found here.

Competitive grants are reviewed by a committee of government and academic experts, and funding decisions are based on the ability of the applicant to implement strategies that achieve the program priorities and result in measurable conservation outcomes.

Major funding for the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program is provided by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Additional information about the program can be found here.

About NFWF

Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.5 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at



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