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Originating Community Consultation Grant

As part of our commitment to support the decolonization of the conservation field, CAPC is providing grants for consultations with originating communities. We have established a $1000 biennial Originating Communities Consultation Grant that will assist CAPC members in compensating representatives of originating communities for their participation in consultations. Such consultations may be undertaken to share information about items in collections and/or to guide care practices and/or to work towards repatriation. We encourage a broad definition of originating community. We encourage asking the guiding question of: Whose voices should be heard? Consultations may be undertaken with any cultural group or anyone identifying themselves as a community based on any social construct.

The applicant should be a member of CAPC or an organization employing a CAPC member. The CAPC member should be on the consultation team, whether or not they are responsible for organizing the consultation. CAPC members in private practice are eligible. In any given year, if no CAPC member applies, the grant will made available to the broader conservation community.


The maximum to be awarded for this biennial grant will be $1000 every two years. Applicants must submit an application letter which provides a description of the consultation, those involved in the consultation, and all related costs.

The successful applicant will receive the amount requested prior to the consultation date. Within 2 months following the consultation, the recipient must submit receipts/list of expenditures as specified in the application to cover the full amount of the grant along with any funds not used. The recipient must also submit to the CAPC board a 500-word report describing the consultation. With the prior permission of those involved in the consultation, including representatives from the originating community, CAPC may use this report in print and on-line publications.

The selection and the amount of funding will be approved by the Board of Directors. Every two years the Board of Directors will review and approve the continuation of the program and the funds available.


The application deadline is March 1st, 2021 and every two years thereafter. If no grant is awarded at that time, the next deadline will be June 1st, 2021 and every two years thereafter.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please contact the CAPC Treasurer at


Please send a signed and dated letter with the following information included:

1. Name and contact information of applicant and role in the consultation.

2. Description of consultation. Please supply a summary of up to 500 words with details.

3. Date(s) and location of consultation.

4. Names and brief biographies of those involved in the consultation.

5. List of expenses: travel, honorariums, fees, materials, etc.

6. Other sources of funding for the consultation.

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