Long Range Planning Grants

What Are Long Range Planning Grants?

From an upriver perspective, a low bridge in the background and foliage to the left and right. A family of ducks make their way downstream.The ESA yearly budget frequently contains funds for long range planning grants.  Sections, Chapters and Standing Committees are eligible to apply for these funds which are to be used for projects that move the Society towards long range planning goals.  Only one application from a Section, Chapter or Standing Committee is permitted.

The announcement for the grant proposals is issued in the fall.  Proposals are evaluated by a subcommittee of the Governing Board and those awarded grants are notified in the winter.  Reports on the progress of the activities supported by these grants are due in August at the time of the ESA annual meeting.

The grant announcement, the cover sheet, the criteria for the awards, and some examples of past awards are available on this website.

Guidelines for Long-Range Planning Grants

Sections, chapters and committees highlight and represent the interests of the members of the Ecological Society of America. Long-range planning grants (LRPG) are intended to provide funding for activities by sections, chapters and committees that address members’ interests.  The 2018 LRPG guidelines have been revised to encourage proposals that: (1) reflect ESA’s 2016 Strategic Goals; (2) address the 2018 Extending the Tent initiative; or (3) build/engage membership in ESA. In addition, the LRPG process has been revised with a new timeline that includes the traditional call in the Fall with funds awarded by January 2019 closely followed by a Spring 2019 call with funding awarded by July 1. The first round of funding can include shorter term activities (such as planning), but both rounds of funding can provide funds for activities that will be incorporated into the 2019 annual meeting.  Sections, chapters and committees may apply for both calls with the encouragement to use the shorter timeframe grant for creative and collaborative planning efforts among groups.  In addition, LRPG proposals are encouraged that include creative approaches to addressing diversity and inclusion within ESA, and broader impacts of ESA activities through outreach or community engagement.

Proposal Guidelines

  1. Proposals should clearly address ESA strategic goals or Extending the Tent activities.
  2. Collaborative proposals among sections are strongly encouraged.
  3. Sections can participate in both 2018 and 2019 calls and proposals that build from short term planning to a longer grant are encouraged.

Proposals must include the following sections.

  1. Project description including clear identification of strategic objectives that will be addressed.(1 page)
  2. Clear identification of the role of each section, chapter or committee in the proposal (1 Page)
  3. Broader Impact statement (see guidelines below) not to exceed one paragraph
  4. Detailed budget with justification

Broader Impacts

Broader impact statements should be included in all proposals where broader impacts define how the proposed work benefits ESA members, ESA as a professional organization, and society writ large. One example would be how a section, chapter or committee could mitigate the impact of discriminatory state legislation on those who face barriers to attending the 2019 Annual Meeting in Louisville, or how the meeting can provide safe, welcoming space for all.

Funding Guidelines

The size of requests should be scaled according to the nature of the proposed activities and should be creative! Planning proposals that offer group leaders the opportunities to work together are encouraged.  Funding for jointly held workshops, special speakers or other activities will be also considered. 

Funding Restrictions

Long-range planning grants should NOT be used for student travel awards or individual travel to conferences. Given the recent restructuring of ESA’s website that includes templates and resources for section websites, long-range funding requests for website development will not be considered.


The review committee may request budget revisions to any selected proposals. Proposals for the 2018 round of long-range planning grants are due Nov. 1, 2018, proposals for the 2019 LRPGs will be due on March 1, 2019.