Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grant Program

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation

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Grant amount: US $0 - US $30,000

Next deadline: Jul 1, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Sep 3, 2019 (Full proposal), Jan 1, 2020 (Pre proposal), Mar 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Bhutan; Bolivia Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Conservation, Food and 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 helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas.

Fields of Interest

The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.


Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in low- and middle-income countries. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:
  • help conserve ecosystems and protect biodiversity
  • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training

Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems. Areas of interest include projects that:
  • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
  • test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; and
  • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries.

The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals. It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:
  • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and
  • increase the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases
Types of Support

The Foundation favors research, training, and technical assistance projects that:
  • employ and/or train personnel from developing countries
  • are led by organizations with strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replication
  • focus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunities
  • feature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networks
  • strengthen local leadership and scientific capacity
  • influence public discourse and policy
  • focus on prevention rather than remediation
  • attract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of foundation support

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  • In general, the foundation will support:
    • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Civil society organizations
    • Community-based organizations
    • Colleges, universities and academic institutions
  • The foundation supports low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. 


  • It prefers to support organizations located in low- and middle-income countries or organizations located in upper-income countries whose activities are of direct benefit low- and middle-income countries. 


  • The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations, other foundations or churches.
  • The foundation does not support the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries.
  • The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation does not provide support for:
    • buildings, vehicles, land purchases or capital improvements
    • direct medical care or treatment at hospitals or clinics
    • medical equipment for hospitals or clinics
    • wells, pumps or water systems
    • emergency relief or humanitarian aid projects
    • microenterprise, tourism, job training or livelihood projects
    • feeding or food distribution programs
    • projects to improve farming for export crops
    • basic farming, beekeeping, chicken, or animal husbandry training projects
    • films, videos, books or websites
    • scholarships, fellowships, tuition or travel grants
    • conferences
    • general operating support
    • individuals, businesses, churches, government, orphanages and humanitarian aid agencies
  • The foundation will not consider more than one proposal from an organization in any calendar year and will not fund an organization more than once in a funding year.
  • The foundation will not fund overhead or indirect costs of projects.
  • New organizations or start-ups are seldom funded.
    • The foundation rarely funds start-up organizations with limited track records.
  • The foundation does not make multi-year grants.
    • Applicants must re-apply through the competitive grants process each year.
    • The foundation provides continued funding on a case-by-case basis depending on the past success of the project.
  • The foundation hardly ever funds:
    • Humanitarian aid programs and social service programs:  Feeding programs, emergency medical care, and other direct social services to populations in urgent need are not a priority of the foundation.
    • Projects with primary a local emphasis:The foundation prefers to support specific projects and strategies which have potential for broad applicability to other organizations or communities.
    • Village improvement and basic farmer training programs:  Generalized village improvement efforts, basic organic farming, animal husbandry training projects, or for general operating support for agricultural extension programs are not a top priority.
    • Capital requests:   The foundation does not fund capital improvement projects, large equipment purchases or funds to build buildings, water systems, pumps, wells, etc.
    • Limited financial capacity:  The foundation rarely makes grants that exceed 25% of an organization’s total operating budget.
      • It also rarely funds start-up organizations with limited track records.
    • Microenterprise, ecotourism, and livelihood projects:  The foundation does not fund economic development, livelihood, or Microenterprise projects.
      • It recognizes the important link between conservation and livelihoods but does not emphasize this dimension in its support of food production or conservation programs.
    • Publications: The foundation rarely supports publications.
    • Social science research: The foundation gives priority to requests that reflect a deep understanding of the social, political, and economic dimensions of its interest areas but channels its limited resources toward applied research projects that ask pragmatic questions related to the natural and health sciences.
    • Medical care:  The foundation’s emphasis on prevention over treatment means that it does not make grants for primary medical care service delivery programs at clinics or hospitals.
      • It favors health promotion and family planning initiatives that are critical of current practice and have the potential to provide fresh insight that can advance the field.