Seattle City Light is offering wildlife research funds to qualifying applicants. The Wildlife Research Program (WRP) was established in response to federal licensing requirements related to the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. The primary goal of the WRP is to facilitate the development of improved methods for the understanding, management, and protection of wildlife resources in the North Cascades ecosystem, with an emphasis on the Skagit River Watershed. A secondary goal of the program is to contribute to the training of new researchers and investigators. Since 1995, SCL has funded a wide range of research projects including riparian plant communities, aquatic invertebrates, shorebirds in the Skagit River Delta, lynx ecology, land bird monitoring, mountain goats, American pika, wolverines, amphibians, and grizzly bear. WRP has projects located throughout western Washington and into southern British Columbia (see map) as long as the projects had direct relevance to the Skagit River watershed.
Key criteria to qualify for research funds:
Projects must meet all of the WRP's goals as outlined in the Mission and Goals statement;
Selected projects should complement, contribute to, or build onto the existing body of wildlife research;
Professional standards must be met for all research funded;
Projects may not duplicate or substitute for usual agency responsibilities and programs;
Due to the limited grant budget, applicants are strongly encouraged to contribute in-kind services and obtain co-funding from other sources;
The application process is competitive through the pre-proposal and full proposal stages. If an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, there is no guarantee that an award will be made for that project.