OVERVIEW: The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation awards global development grants to organizations that work in least-developed countries around the world.
IP TAKE: This funder tends to award project specific grants rather than those for general operating support.
PROFILE: Established in 1985, the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation seeks to “protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.” The foundation’s grantmaking prioritizes conservation, food, and health.
The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation’s food grants “help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources ecosystems.” While the foundation offers development grants across all three of its priorities, it largely awards global development grants through its food program. Specific areas of interest include the development of sustainable agricultural practices with the potential for replication in other countries, education and training programs for small-scale farmers, and novel approaches toward pest and disease control.
The foundation geographically focuses on low- and lower-middle income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It does not support organizations that work in the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries.
Past grantees include the Ecological Development Fund for its work increasing the types of agricultural crops and nitrogen-fixing trees in Guatemala, and the Seed Guardian Network for its project developing former networks to promote native seed varieties and traditional food crops in Ecuador. For a deeper look into the types of organizations the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation supports, browse through its list of past grants.
Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $30,000. The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation has a two-phase application process and accepts submissions until January 1 for its first grant round, and July 1 for its second grant round.
- Kevin Wright, Director
- Philip Fearnside, President and Director
- Wendy Fearnside, Treasurer and Director