In 2007 the SCA initiated a pioneering Small Grants Programme. This competition aims to build capacity at the grassroots level by enabling individuals to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 for a one-year project on saiga conservation in the wild. The Small Grants Programme is open to anyone with a good idea, and so far it has produced some excellent results. For more information on the winners in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007, please see the articles below.
The Small Grants Programme is a very cost-effective way of catalysing conservation action where it is needed throughout the saiga’s range, and of helping to build capacity among local conservationists. It has an accessible application procedure, with short proposals which can be submitted in either Russian or English, meaning it is open to groups who would not normally be able to apply for an international grant. Each project leader is mentored by a member of the SCA Steering Committee, to ensure that project progress is monitored and support given where necessary.