Grant Application

Please note ~ read to the end for application mailing instructions and deadline. Thank you!

The Western New York Herpetological Society awards the Marvin Aures/Bob Krantz Herpetological Grant annually. The Aures/Krantz Grant was established to support non-profit herpetological – especially chelonian related – education, conservation and research efforts.

A grant of up to $750 will be awarded in one of the following areas:

New York State Herpetology
Student Research in Herpetology
Herpetological Conservation
Captive Management, Husbandry, and Propagation of Herpetological Species
Community Education and Outreach in Herpetology

When accepting the grant, the recipient agrees to abide by all federal, state, and local laws, and to acknowledge the Western New York Herpetological Society in any publications or public presentations that result from the research.

Grant funds may not be used as salary, tuition or to pay the costs of publication.

Recipients should inform the Grant Committee when the funded project is completed, and are required to submit a summary of their research for publication in the WNYHS newsletter, or present a program at a WNYHS membership meeting.

Proposals should include:

  • Statement of the objectives of the proposal
  • Which of the above categories the proposal is being submitted for
  • Description of Materials and Methods
  • Complete budget, not to exceed $750
  • Brief resume of the applicant, if an individual. If the applicant is an organization, background information on that organization should be included.
  • Letters of support from collaborating partners or institutions are encouraged; student applicants must include a letter of support from a faculty adviser.
  • Anticipated completion date for the project.

Proposals will only be accepted electronically, and can be emailed to Please include all documents in one attachment when emailing the application. Letters of support may be submitted separately.

The Marvin R. Aures/Bob Krantz Herpetological Grant will give preference, but is not limited to, chelonian research topics. Applications should be brief and concise. We prefer complete proposal packages that do not exceed five double-spaced pages (excluding literature citations, applicant’s resume and letter[s] of recommendation). Applications for the 2019 grant program must be received by January 31, 2019.