New England BioLabs Foundation Grant

New England Biolabs Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 25, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 15, 2020 (Full proposal), Aug 9, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Oct 14, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Belize, Bolivia, Cameroon, Ecuador, Ghana Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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We support communities in the stewardship of their landscapes and seascapes and the associated bio-cultural diversity, ecosystem services, and food-ways. We welcome inquiries from community-based nonprofit organizations working toward:

  • Conserving biological diversity (terrestrial and marine).
  • Sustaining cultural diversity (linguistic diversity, as well as traditional knowledge systems and practices).
  • Maintaining ecosystem services (water, soil, and carbon sequestration).
  • Supporting food sovereignty and economic vitality of local communities.
  • In the marine environment, sustaining healthy reefs and fisheries.

We support community-based projects that seek to meet their objectives in a variety of ways. Among the kinds of approaches we support are those concerned with:

  • Creating and/or ensuring effective management and governance of protected areas, including Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), in particular where governance is led by communities (e.g., Indigenous Peoples’ and Community-Conserved Areas and Territories [ICCAs]).
  • Ecological restoration involving native species. Priority will be given to those efforts linked to existing conservation areas already valued by communities (for example, a project to re-establish a forested buffer zone near a sacred grove).
  • Providing enhanced and alternative local livelihoods, including sustainable agriculture and value-added products to support local economies.
  • Environmental education that draws on indigenous and local traditions and language to address present-day problems.
  • Use of the arts and other innovative methods to convey social and environmental messages.
  • Fostering civic engagement of communities through creative facilitation and other methods of stakeholder involvement (such as, public meetings and community-mapping exercises).

Our maximum international grant size is $10,000, with grants typically ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Local grants range from $2,500 to $5,000.

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


  • Projects are restricted to the following regions and target landscapes:
    • Belize, Guatemala, Honduras: coastal landscapes/seascapes within the Gulf of Honduras
    • Nicaragua: Southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua, including Lake Nicaragua;  Northern Caribbean coast within Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region
    • Peru: Sacred Valley of the Incas, extending from Ollantaytambo to Pisac in the Southern Andes
    • Bolivia: Altiplano extending from Lake Titicaca to Potosi
    • Andes-Amazon Basin of Ecuador and Peru
    • Ghana: Weto Landscape in the southern part of the Togo-Atakora Mountains in Ghana; Black Volta Basin in the Upper West region of Ghana
    • Cameroon: Highland landscapes of Southwest Cameroon
    • US: While the foundation's emphasis is on working internationally, we do fund a limited number of local projects in coastal communities along the North Shore of Massachusetts. 


  • We do not typically fund:
    • Art projects beyond the North Shore of Massachusetts
    • Capital endowments, renovations, or building funds
    • Conferences or travel grants
    • Disease-specific initiatives or medical research
    • Private schools
    • Production of videos, movies, or books
    • Religious activities
    • Routine operating cost of institutions
    • Scholarships, fellowships, and internships
    • Services concerning the elderly, the needy, or the handicapped
    • Species-specific projects
  • We cannot make grants to individuals.