Conservation, Food & Health Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation provides grants for small nonprofits performing research-based wildlife conservation in the developing world.

IP TAKE: The foundation seeks organizations with highly qualified researche teams whose expertise directly relates to the grantseeker's project. However, the foundation makes exceptions for organizations that work with local populations on projects that address concrete problems and that benefit both humans and wildlife or the environment.

PROFILE: Based in Boston, the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation was founded in 1985, and seeks to "promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East." It prioritizes projects that address underfunded issues and geographic areas in food, conservation and health. According to the foundation, it helps "build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems." 

The foundation's conservation efforts tend to address issues surrounding habitats themselves, including animals, and the indigenous populations who reside there. The foundation backs projects that support field research, training and technical assistance efforts that "help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries" and "train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training." 

Grants range from about $5,000 to $30,000. Past grantees include EarthRights International, a nonprofit in Washington D.C. The foundation potentially supports projects for multiple grant cycles, and prioritizes Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. It does not, however, fund projects in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. Grantseekers should note that the foundation does not consider more than one proposal from an organization in any given year.

In addition, the foundation heavily emphasizes research. As a result, organizations that seek to secure funding from this foundation must include researchers with Ph.D.s that can carry out a project that brings scientific understanding to the species or habitat in question. Groups working with local populations to address an environmental or conservation concern may not need such credentials, but having a history of successful advocacy and public policy work will certainly help them get in the door.

Grants are reviewed in two phases: Concept applications are generally due January 1 for the first cycle, and July 1 for the second. The foundation encourages inquiries and asks that they be directed to Prentice A. Zinn (Administrator) at 617-391-3091 or pzinn@gmafoundations.com. 

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