Grant opportunities

Special Events & Donations

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.

Small Project Grant Programs

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.  We are currently accepting applications and the deadline is March 1, 2019.  For more information please click here.

Travel Grants

Travel Awards 2019 

The AFS California-Nevada Chapter (Cal-Neva) Semi Annual Travel Award provides monetary awards for deserving applicants to support their attendance of the AFS related activities. For 2019, the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Annual Conference will be held in Reno, NV from September 29 – October 3, 2019. For this special joint conference the 2019 travel award will be adjusted. There will be two categories of awards with 5 awards each.

Two categories of awards are available, the Travel Award for Professionals and the Travel Award for Young Professionals. The Travel Award for Professionals is eligible for any professional in fisheries or fisheries related science and/or management and is a member of AFS. The Travel Award for Young Professionals is eligible for any student or professional with 5 years of less in fisheries or fisheries related science and/or management and is a member of AFS. The Cal-Neva Executive Committee members will select up to 5 awardees for each category. Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for travel. Criteria for selection will defer 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, and whether the applicant is a student of early professional (≤5 years since graduation). Travel support will cover the cost of registration ($550 for Professionals and $380 for Young Professionals) and will be made available for up to 5 successful applicants for each category.

There are two parts to the application. The applicant fills out Part I of the application. Part II of the application is a separate document and should be completed by the applicant’s academic advisor or employer. The advisor/employer will need to send Part II of the application separately from the applicant. Completed applications must be received no later than June 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST.

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

Download Part I and Part II of the travel award application.