Mulago Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Mulago Foundation supports conservation efforts that benefit poor people in developing and least developed countries around the world.

IP TAKE: Taking the view that organizations know best how to use their funding, Mulago awards grants unrestricted grants rather than making project specific awards. It also does not require proposals. 

PROFILE: The Mulago Foundation was established in 1993 by Henry Arnhold in honor of his brother Rainer and “[f]unds high-performance organizations that tackle the basic needs of the very poor.” The main aim of the foundation is to fight poverty by finding and funding the “[o]rganizations best able to create change.”The foundation emphasizes funding organizations whose work is both scalable and engages maximum impact for the least amount. Mulago’s grantmaking programs include Livelihoods, Energy, Health, Conservation and Education. The foundation’s Amplifier program aims to help organizations determine more effective solutions in their work.

Mulago’s conservation program focuses on supporting organizations whose conservation efforts benefit poor people. For example, in the past Mulago has awarded a number of unrestricted grants to Blue Ventures to fund its work using small and short-term fishery closures to help communities learn how to manage their local fisheries and increase income. To learn more about the types of conservation organizations Mulago supports, explore its portfolio page.

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $300,000. Mulago does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding, instead, relying on “[a] deep network to find organizations that are a good fit.”


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