Turing Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Turing Foundation supports organizations focused sustainable land use.

IP TAKE: This funder awards conservation grants to organizations operating in 10 developing countries. In addition, its nature conservation and education projects prioritize organizations that serve or are based in developing countries (primarily in Africa); art projects supported take place in the Netherlands. 

PROFILE: Named in honor of British scientist Alan Turing, Pieter and Françoise Geelen founded the Turing Foundation in 2006. Pieter Geleen and a partner founded the Turing Machine Company in 1991. The company would later be renamed TomTom and become a publicly traded company. When TomTom’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) launched, Pieter and Françoise Geelen donated €100 million from the sale to the Turing Foundation. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands the Turing Foundation funds organizations around the world that focus on educationartnature conservation and leprosy research.

Turing conducts its conservation grantmaking through its nature conservation program, which seeks to “[p]romote and encourage a sustainable and respectful relationship with nature.” It restricts its conservation grantmaking to protecting the nurseries of the sea and sustainable land use in Africa.

The Turing Foundation’s grants often range from €50,000 to €350,000. Conservation organizations receiving support from Turing in the past include Greenpeace, which received support for its forest protection and community forestry initiative in the Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Conservation International, which received a grant for its mangrove rehabilitation and protection work in Verde Island Passage, Philippines.

To learn more about the types of conservation organizations Turing supports and at what level, explore its recent projects page. The foundation limits its grant making to the African countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

The Turing Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding for its nature program.

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