Environmental Conservation: Special Projects

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Please note that we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Because of our tightly-defined grantmaking strategies, many worthwhile projects fall outside the scope of our funding priorities. However, if you have thoughts or inquiries related to our work that you would like to share, you may send us a brief, ~100-word email. Please understand that due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are only able to commit to reviewing those inquiries that adhere to the ~100-word guideline.

Environmental Conservation: Special Projects

Supporting breakthrough innovations in environmental conservation. We support innovative new approaches to addressing conservation challenges.

New ideas come from many directions. In conservation work, solutions may emerge from technology innovation, unprecedented partnerships or collaborations, or fresh perspectives from other disciplines such as economics or behavioral science.

In addition to large-scale, long-term initiatives, we back bold ideas that can have a transformative effect on complex environmental issues.

These projects include:

  • Developing new insights, research tools and methods in environmental science
  • Supporting sustainable land use in unique and irreplaceable sites
  • Fostering economic, social and policy changes that enable lasting environmental conservation

Our special projects in environmental conservation address a diverse array of issues — from climate change to sustainable fisheries — but they are united by a common thread. In every case, we seek out projects that connect the dots in new ways.

Select examples include the following:

  • Harnessing social science methods to evaluate and inform conservation grant making
  • Global collaborative aims to bring 50 percent of the world’s fisheries under sustainable management in 10 years
  • Empowering international collaboration among states and provinces to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Our indirect cost policy provides that the indirect cost rate may not exceed 12.5 percent of the direct costs of the project.
  • Direct costs may include:
    • Personnel
    • Consultants and contractors
    • Subgrants
    • Other direct expenses
    • Equipment and capital expenditures