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The long-range planning grants are intended to build capacity within the chapters, sections, and committees consistent with ESA’s long-range vision. These units are free to submit any proposals they choose for planning-grant awards, but those proposals that demonstrate a long-term impact on the chapter, section or committee, or launch or maintain a sustained effort, will be given priority. Proposals that promote student or early-career engagement in ESA or chapter, section or committee activities will also be given priority, but proposals needn’t necessarily focus in this area to be competitive.

The maximum award that will be considered is $2500. Chapters, sections and committees are free to submit multi-year plans but should be aware that money can only be awarded for the current year; thus the current year’s activities would have to be beneficial as a stand-alone set of activities.

The following are some examples of the types of proposals that would be consistent with the long-range planning grant. Many areas in which you might seek funding are not represented here, because we cannot anticipate all of the creative proposals that might emerge from the membership. But many long-range planning proposals fall into the following areas:


More competitive: Proposals that seek to establish a multi-year award, by using planning-grant money to leverage other funds for an endowment, or to support efforts at fund-raising.

Less competitive: Requests for funding for a one-time award.

Web-site development

More competitive: Proposals to establish or update a website, as long as the proposals indicate how the website will be maintained once the long-term planning grant funds are expended.

Less competitive: Proposals that seek funding only to establish or update a website, with no mention of how that website will be maintained.

Annual Meeting Events

More competitive: Events that include students and early-career ecologists in networking and/or strategic planning.

Less competitive: Proposals for senior researchers to discuss chapter business over dinner.

Policy or Management Interactions

More competitive: Support for establishing a process for continued relationships with local/regional policymakers, decision-makers, or managers.

Less competitive: Requests for funds for a one-time visit to the national or state government offices.

In general

Activities may include conference calls, materials development, travel, etc. What is not generally supported are requests for lunches, socials, or activities that are not related to developing your group’s strategies to achieve ESA’s Long Range Plan

PROPOSALS IN AREAS OTHER THAN THESE WILL BE ENTERTAINED. These are intended as examples and not as an exhaustive list. Please be creative, while maintaining a focus on long-term impact and capacity building.