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GUIDELINES FOR THE WESTERN REGION CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH
GRANT PROGRAM.Passed by The Western Region, NSS, 5/28/89
(ammended April 2005 and May 2006 by The Western Region)
APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION
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The Western Region Conservation and Research (WRCR)
Grant Program promotes cave conservation and
speleological research by funding meritorious
projects conducted by members of the Western
- GENERAL INFORMATION.
- WRCR Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for
worthy projects proposed and conducted by
individual members or by grottos of the Western
- WRCR Grants are intended for projects carried out
within the Western Region (California, Oregon and
Nevada). However, grants will be considered for
projects outside of the Western Region when the
project is organized and principally conducted by
members of the Western Region.
- Provided sufficient funds are available, grants may be awarded up to two times per year. Grants may be made by the committee up to the amount of $500; awards in excess of that amount to be appoved by the Regional Council.
- The grant committee evaluates grant proposals on
a competitive basis and identifies the grants that
merit funding. The Chairman of the grant committee
will authorize funding if sufficient funds are
- Grant money is intended for expenses unique to
projects, rather than for routine caving expenses.
Some examples of expenses unique to a project are:
construction materials, instrumentation, scientific
supplies, film, or printing. Examples of routine
caving expenses are: transportation costs, food,
or caving equipment.
- WRCR Grants are intended to support a wide range of
conservation and research projects. For purposes
of WRCR Grants, cave survey or exploration projects
will be considered for WRCR Grants only when they
are a necessary and integral part of a larger,
well-defined conservation or research project.
- Prospective applicants may obtain application forms
from the Chairman of the WRCR Grant Committee.
- Effective April 2005, 50% of all Western Region auction proceeds will be dedicated to the Conservation & Research Grant Fund.
- Any capital equipment purchased as a result of a grant fund award, remaining after the project, shall revert to the Western Region of the N.S.S. at the close of the project.
- The WRCR grant program shall be administered by a
Chairman, elected from among the membership of the
Western Region. The WRCR Grant chairman shall be
elected by a simple majority vote using the same
voting procedure by which the Chairman of the
Western Region is elected. The term of the
Chairman shall be six years.
- The WRCR Grant chairman is empowered: (1) to
solicit contributions of money or property for the
Grant Fund, (2) to manage grant funds by investing
them in low-risk interest bearing accounts and, (3)
to disburse funds to successful grant applicants.
At least one other elected officer of the Western
Region shall have signature authority on all
accounts containing WRCR funds.
- The WRCR Grant chairman may be removed from office
by a simple majority vote at any meeting of the
Western Region with a quorum of grottos present.
The voting procedure referred to in IIIa above
shall be used. The Grant chairmanship shall be
declared vacant if the chairman moves out of the
Western Region. When a vacancy occurs, either from
a move, resignation or vote, the Vice-chairman of
the Western Region will administer the WRCR Grant
Program until the next meeting of the Western
Region, at which time a new Chairman will be
elected for a six year term.
- The Chairman of the WRCR Grant Program shall file
a written report on the activities of WRCR Grant
Program. The report will be presented at the
annual meeting of the Western Region, which usually
occurs in September. If no Regional meeting occurs
in September, the WRCR Grant Program report will be
filed with the Chairman of the Western Region and
the editor of the California Caver by September 30.
The report shall contain information on all
financial transactions of the WRCR Grant Program
and a list of all grant proposals that were funded.
- CONSERVATION GRANTS
- Conservation Grants will be made on a matching
funds basis. (For example, if a project were
estimated to cost $300, the WRCR Grant would
provide $150 and the applicant would provide $150).
- Grant recipients shall provide a brief written
description of the project for the California Caver within one year of receiving the grant.
- Decisions to fund conservation grants shall be made
by a committee comprised of the WCRC Grant
Chairman, the Vice-chairman of the Western Region,
the Conservation Chairman of the Western Region and
two committee members-at-large selected by the
Chairman of the WRCR Grant Program. The committee
members-at-large shall be knowledgeable about
Western Region conservation issues.
- RESEARCH GRANTS
- Grant recipients shall provide two article for the
California Caver. The first article will be
prepared when a proposal receives WRCR Grant
funding and will be a brief overview of the
project. The second article will be either an
interim or final summary of the project.
- Decisions to fund research projects shall be made
by a committee comprised of the Chairman of the
WRCR Grant Program, the Vice-chairman of the
Western Region, a research project director of the
Pacific sphere of the Cave Research Foundation and,
two scientists-at-large who are knowledgeable
in the area of the grant proposal. They shall be
selected by the Chairman of the WRCR Grant Program.
- APPLICATION DEADLINES
- Grants will be awarded semi-annually. Application
deadlines will be February 1 and August 1.
- Decisions will be made within six weeks of the
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Last update: 30 November 2009