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 $2000 every other 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 31, 2022 and will be awarded every two years thereafter.
Award(s) will be announced and funds distributed by June 30th.
Submit copy of the application to, via e-mail: