Conservation, Food & Health Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation’s global health grantmaking supports food security, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health.

IP TAKE: This foundation prioritizes organizations that work in uncrowded or underfunded global health projects that fall within its grantmaking priorities. It also supports organizations in areas of the world that generally do not receive much philanthropy. 

PROFILE: The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation was established in 1985 to "[p]romote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world." The foundation’s global health investments prioritize food and health all over the world, except in Russia and former Eastern Europe. It supports projects in conservation, food, and health. 

The foundation's grantmaking for food-related projects supports increasing access to consumable food in developing countries. The foundation supports projects that "[p]romote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries." It also supports projects that explore and refine innovative training and education for small-scale farmers, as well as new approaches to food pest control and diseases. 

Grant seekers should consider that this foundation is primarily concerned with food consumption, not farming productivity to strengthen economic security. Grants related to food generally range from $15,000 to $25,000.

In the global health field, the foundation conducts work that is “[p]reventative rather than curative in nature.” The foundation supports improving public health in disease prevention, family planning and reproductive health. The foundation also awards grants to organizations that are working toward a better understanding and treatment of tropical diseases. Geographically, the foundation focuses Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Health-related grants range from $15,000 to $30,000, though the foundation rarely awards grants of $25,000 and above. Grant seekers can also explore its list of past grants.

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications received by January 1.


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