Applications Now Open for Texas State Aquarium’s $150,000 in Wildlife Conservation and Research Grants

May 7, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Texas State Aquarium announced today that applications are now open for the Wildlife Care, Conservation, and Research Fund (WCCR) 2018 Small Grants Competition. $150,000 will be distributed to researchers and scientists, with up to $20,000 each available for each recipient.  Applications will be accepted until June 20, 2018 and can be submitted online at


This year’s contribution is the largest given through the WCCR since the program was founded in 2013. Including this year’s contribution, the Aquarium has dedicated over $500,000 to support researchers and scientists that are working to save species from extinction.

The Wildlife Care Conservation and Research Fund was launched in fulfillment of the Aquarium’s mission to support wildlife conservation. Projects funded through WCCR all focus on species in the Aquarium’s living collection or the habitats that support these species. Through the WCCR, the Aquarium has provided much-needed help to a number of researchers and conservationists who aim to save important species, primarily from the Gulf of Mexico and Western Caribbean Sea. WCCR funds are typically distributed among a variety of different projects to maximize and diversify their impact.

Following the closeout date in June, the Aquarium will begin an extensive review of all applications. An announcement will be made when fund recipients have been determined.

Pictures of past WCCR recipients and their work

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