Arcadia Fund: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Arcadia Fund supports on-site and off-site conservation efforts as well as policy advocacy and conservation leadership.

IP TAKE: This funder awards many of its grants to large international conservation and environmental institutions.

PROFILE: Based in London, the Arcadia Fund was founded by Lisbet and Peter Baldwin in 2002 and supports “[c]harities and scholarly institutions to preserve cultural heritage, protect the environment and promote open access.” The fund’s environmental grantmaking focuses on protecting biodiversity and landscapes, training conservation professionals and open access to research.

Rather than maintain a specific program dedicated to marine conservation, Arcadia conducts marine related grants through its environment program. Such grants are often sizable, ranging from approximately $500,000 to over $30 million. As a result, the fund does not award many environment grants each year. Past grantees in the marine conservation space include International Rivers, which received funding for its freshwater biodiversity conservation efforts in key river ecosystems; and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, which received a grant for its work protecting deep-sea species and ecosystems. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Arcadia supports, explore its searchable grant directory.  

The Arcadia Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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