Grant opportunities


AFS Cal-Neva Donations and Sponsorships for Special Projects and Events. The AFS Cal-Neva Chapter may donate funds toward special projects, and contribute funds toward special events. Such projects and events must be aligned with the Cal-Neva Chapter mission, and may include meetings, workshops, and projects. All sponsorships and donations must be approved by the AFS Cal-Neva Executive Committee prior to their being awarded. Executive Committee Meetings are usually held on a monthly basis. Therefore, it is recommended that any request for sponsorship or contributions be submitted at least 2 months prior to the event to allow adequate time for approval and dispersal of funds. For further information, please see the Request for Donations or Sponsorship Form Request for Cal-Neva Donations or Sponsorship_2019.


ATTENTION MEMBERS: The Cal-Neva Chapter of AFS has created a ‘Small Grants Program’ to provide funding to fisheries-related projects in California and Nevada.  Our goal is to fund at least two grants, for a total of $3,000 across all grants.  This money can be used to get a project started or to supplement funding from other sources.  In 2020 the following dates apply: Application open period from February 10-April 3, 2020, with a 2-week review period, and 2 weeks for the Grant Committee to make selections.   For more information please click here: Cal-Neva Small Grants Program_2020.


Travel Awards 2020 – UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 21, 2020! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are altering the 2020 travel awards. Since “travel” this year is likely to be for remote (virtual) events only, and thus actual travel costs are not involved, we will be funding $250 for up to 6 applicants to cover registration costs. Applications are due September 8, 2020 in order to allow for potential attendance at the AFS Annual Meeting.

The AFS California-Nevada Chapter (Cal-Neva) Semi Annual Travel Award provides monetary awards for deserving student or young professional applicants to support their attendance of conferences, annual meetings, or workshops.

Any member of the AFS who is active in fisheries, environmental sciences and management, or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply.  The Cal-Neva Executive Committee members will select up to six awardees.  Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for travel.  Criteria for selection will differ to applicants that are AFS members of good standing, who are presenting their research or attending trainings essential to their development, and establish financial need. Travel support of up to $250.00 will be made available for up to six successful applicants for the 2nd half of 2020.  In addition, all awardees must submit an article to the AFS newsletter, Pisces summarizing the event which was identified for being the reason for travel no later than 1 month after the event.

For questions and/or additional information, contact Shawn Acuña at (310) 938-7966 or via email at [email protected].

Both part I (professional form) and part II (employer form) of the completed application must be received no later than September 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST.

Download Part I Cal_Neva_Semi Annual Travel_Application 2020 and Part II Cal-Neva_Advisor-or-employer_Application_Semi Annual _2020 of the travel award application.