Gerald C. Corcoran
The North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA) has created a cash award
program to support development and implementation of educational projects
featuring native fish ecology and conservation. Thanks to a generous matching
grant from the Corcoran family, this program will provide NANFA members with up
to $1000 a year for environmental education projects such as:
- Production and distribution of educational materials (print and electronic
- Education based aquatic surveys
- Lecturing expenses
- Nature Center exhibits
- School materials and displays
- Field and laboratory supplies
- Teacher training workshops
- Qualifying applicants must be members in good standing of NANFA.
Membership dues will be accepted with funding applications, or paid
- Educational projects require creativity and often require considerable
verbiage to describe them accurately. Therefore, no maximum length is defined.
Applicants are encouraged to be thorough, yet succinct. As a guide, a suitable
proposal, including cover sheet, budget, timeline and accompanying information
could total approximately 8 pages of double spaced text.
- Proposal format should be as follows:
- Cover sheet with project title and applicant's name, email and postal
addresses and telephone number(s).
- Summary statement of proposed project describing its relevancy to NANFA's
- Educational objectives.
- Description of specific and generalized target audience(s) including
audience size, age/grade level ranges, and other pertinent demographics.
- Detailed description of proposed project including but not limited to:
educational format, planned site(s), project lifespan, expected outcomes, and
methods of evaluating project success.
- Itemized budget.
- Include a list of all cooperating individuals and organizations with
contact name, email and postal addresses and telephone numbers. Indicate NANFA
memberships where applicable and include a one-two sentence statement of each
individual's/organization's expected contribution to the project.
- NANFA regional projects will receive priority, based upon the number of
members involved. Of course the project must be competitive and well-planned.
If the project is proposed as a NANFA regional project, please include a
letter of endorsement from the appropriate regional representative(s). If the
applicant is a NANFA regional representative, an endorsement can be obtained
from a member of the NANFA Board of Directors.
- If funded, recipient will:
- Be required to provide a financial accounting for all funds expended and
held financially responsible for any misuse of NANFA funds.
- Be required to report on the project in one of the following ways:
- An article to be published in American Currents
- A presentation at a future NANFA Conference
- Text and photographs for the NANFA website.
- Recipient is requested to acknowledge NANFA's financial support in any
published materials produced with the funds and in any print or electronic
media coverage of the project.
- Application deadline for the current funding cycle is March 31st.
Award(s) will be announced and funds distributed by June 30th.
Submit copy of the application to, via e-mail: