Land Conservation in an Era of Climate Change, Wildlife and Energy Development & Strengthening the Conservation Field Grants

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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Grant amount: US $7,500 - US $4,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Although unsolicited proposals are not being considered at this time, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Environment Program's four primary grant-making strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry.

DDCF Environment Program

The mission of the Environment Program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments. The foundation's awareness of climate change as the greatest emerging threat to biodiversity (and the need to aggressively mitigate it without unnecessarily sacrificing wildlife habitat) shapes the Environment Program’s grant-making priorities. 

Funding Priorities

Grants are given in these key program areas:

Land Conservation in an Era of Climate Change

Our grant making is designed to provide frameworks and concrete examples of how practitioners can protect biodiversity in light of climate change through strategic land conservation. Our adaptation efforts focus on three critical land conservation activities undertaken by non-profit organizations and government natural resource agencies: 

  • habitat conservation planning (i.e., the identification of which sites should be conserved in their natural state to benefit wildlife);
  • permanent land protection (i.e., the acquisition of conservation easements or fee title interests to secure high-priority sites); and
  • management of lands already in protected status. Our goal for each of these activities is to encourage the conservation community to augment the dominant species-based approach to wildlife conservation with a focus on maintaining ecosystem functionality as climate change takes hold.

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Wildlife and Energy Development

As the United States shifts to a more climate-friendly system of power generation, the footprint of energy development across the landscape is expanding. Sometimes referred to as "energy sprawl," this infrastructure is increasingly being sited on lands that provide important wildlife habitat. Concerted efforts are needed now to help ensure that clean-energy facilities are built expeditiously but in a way that does not destroy or fragment wildlife habitat more than necessary. The need to build power generation and transmission facilities can also be minimized by reducing energy demand through more efficient use of energy. In short, when it comes to preserving our intact landscapes, how we use energy is as important as where we decide to locate our energy facilities.

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Strengthening the Conservation Field

The Environment Program depends upon a robust and effective conservation field to achieve its programmatic objectives. Accordingly, we make grants to strengthen organizations focused on the conservation and management of wildlife habitat.

Approaches to achieving the above objective:

  • Diversifying the conservation workforce;
  • Increasing public conservation funding;
  • Building the capacity of the land trust community.

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Environmental Stewardship in the Tri-State Area - find this grant page here.

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  • Only letters of inquiry submitted by U.S. nonprofit organizations will be reviewed.
  • Funding is limited to the United States and projects located therein.


  • Construction capital for green building projects is not available.
  • The foundation does not support projects that focus on marine environments, toxics remediation, litigation, individual research or scholarships (apart from DDCF initiatives), publications, or filmmaking.
  • The foundation cannot award grants directly to individuals.