The Cave Conservancy of the Virginias (CCV) funds a variety of projects, including education and outreach endeavors, cave and sinkhole cleanups, purchase of significant properties for protection, original research on the archaeology, biology, geology, hydrology and sociology of cave and karst systems, among others. The amount of funding has ranged from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. A list of previously funded projects is available under CCV Projects.
- Grant proposals must originate from a project leader affiliated with a 501(c)3 or other tax-exempt, non-profit organizations, such as various Grottos and Sections of the National Speleological Society as well as national, regional and local cave and karst conservation groups, public and private non-profit universities and colleges, and local and state governmental agencies, among others. Grants are awarded to the organization, not to the individual project leader. CCV may request verification of the non-profit status of the project leader’s home organization, usually in the form of a copy of a letter from the IRS.
- Projects must involve sites located in Virginia or West Virginia and the immediate vicinity, although the project leader and co-leaders need not be based within this area. Contact the CCV Grants & Awards (G&A) Committee Chair if you are unsure whether your project site lies within this limit. The G&A Committee Chair for 2016 and 2017 is Dan Fong (email@example.com).
- CCV will not fund overhead charges or indirect costs.
- If the project leader or any project co-leader has received previous funding from CCV, a final report of the previous work must have been received by CCV. A project co-leader is someone whose name appears along with the project leader’s name on the cover page of the proposal.
Deadlines for submission
The CCV Board of Directors meets in the spring and fall to consider funding proposals. The grant proposal submission deadlines are 12:00 noon (US Eastern Time) on March 1 to be considered at the spring meeting and on October 1 to be considered at the fall meeting. Proposals in Portable Document Format (PDF) should be submitted as a single file to the G&A Committee Chair as an email attachment. Proposals received after a submission deadline will not be considered for the current cycle, without exception. The G&A Committee Chair will send acknowledgment of receipt of a proposal within three days.
Proposal review process
Each proposal will first be checked for its eligibility, completeness (see instructions below) and relevance to the mission of CCV. The proposal will then be reviewed by the G&A Committee, consisting of selected members of the CCV Board plus additional external reviewers with expertise and experience related to the proposed work. The identity of all reviewers will be anonymous to project leader and co-leaders. The G&A Committee then presents a summary of the comments by the reviewers and offers a recommendation to the entire CCV Board, which makes the final decision on whether to fund the proposal.
The project leader of the proposal will be notified by the G&A Committee Chair of the CCV Board’s decision on complete funding, partial funding, or denial of funding within fourteen days of the board meeting.
Responsibility of the project leader of a funded proposal
- Submit to the G&A Committee Chair a progress report in PDF format via email attachment at the mid-point of the project if the project duration is two years or more. No progress report is required if project duration is less than two years.
- Submit to the G&A Committee Chair a final report in PDF format within 60 days of project end date as stated in the proposal. The final report is required for projects of any duration.
- Requirement for a progress report and deadlines for submission of reports will be indicated in the award letter. A reminder will be sent to the project leader two weeks before the report deadline. These reports are important to CCV, and to the science, cave, and conservation community. As stated in the eligibility section, on time receipt of reports from previous grants will be needed when making future grant requests.
- Time extensions for the project end date or for the submittal of reports or both may be granted if needed, by written (letter or email) request to the G&A Committee Chair.
- Acknowledge funding support from “Cave Conservancy of the Virginias” (rather than simply “CCV”) in all products resulting from the project, including fliers, publications, agency reports and conference presentations and posters, and provide a copy of any such product in PDF format to the G&A Committee Chair.
- In some cases, CCV may ask the project leader or any co-leader to serve as an external reviewer of future grant proposals.
Grant Proposal Submission Instructions
Submit a proposal to the Grants and Awards Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a single email attachment with “CCV Grant Proposal – Project Leader’s Last Name” on subject line. You will receive an acknowledgment within three days of submission.
The text of the proposal should be written double-spaced and without right justification in a commonly available font such as Times New Roman or Arial at 12 point font size. Beginning with item C below, include a header consisting of project leader’s last name and title of proposal and a footer with page number on each page. There is no page limit but there is a word limit each on the summary and description sections (see below) so there is no advantage to using a smaller or narrower font or tighter spacing. The proposal must be organized into one single file in PDF format, and must include all of the following items, in order:
A. Dated and signed cover letter on institutional letterhead, addressed to:
Grants & Awards Committee Chair
Cave Conservancy of the Virginias
13131 Overhill Lake Lane
Glen Allen, VA 23059
B. Cover page with
- Title of proposal.
- Names of project leader and co-leaders, with job title, organization affiliation, mailing address, email address and day time phone number for each.
- Project start date to end date, in the format of “January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015”, for example.
- Total amount of funding requested.
- Name, title, and contact information of the person responsible for administering the requested funds at the organization where the grant proposal originates.
- A statement on whether the project leader or any of the co-leaders has received grant support from CCV within the previous five calendar years. If so, include a copy of the final report of the previously funded work as an appendix to the end of the proposal.
C. Non-technical summary (limited to 1000 words or less)
Provide a summary of the proposed work, and clearly state its relevance to the mission of CCV. This summary should be written for a general audience unfamiliar with the jargon of the specialized area of the proposed work.
D. Project description (limited to 7500 words or less, plus tables and figures if needed)
- Describe the proposed work in detail. Include a section each on
- The general background and the specific aims of the proposed project,
- The project work plan with a timeline,
- The significance to the area of focus and relevance to the mission of CCV of expected results,
- The anticipated outcomes or products or both, with a timeline, and
- The list of background references or literature cited.
Provide a detailed, itemized budget with a justification for each line item. CCV will not fund overhead charge or indirect cost. Provide a list of other funding sources to which this proposal has already been submitted or will be submitted within three months, along with dates of submission and expected dates of decision. State so if none.
Attach a brief biography of the project leader and each co-leader (maximum of two pages for each). Provide a paragraph explicitly summarizing the qualification of the person to perform specific tasks detailed in the project description.
G. Appendix (as needed)
Attach the final report of any project supported by CCV funding obtained by the project leader or any co-leader within the previous five calendar years, and other material as appropriate. This section may be submitted as a separate PDF file via email if the included material makes the entire proposal too large to be easily transmitted as one single PDF file via email. If so, place “CCV Grant Proposal – Project Leader’s Last Name – Appendix” on subject line.