Apply: Conservation, Food and Health Foundation grant ($20,000)

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grant

Apply: Conservation, Food and Health Foundation grant ($20,000)

Deadline: July 1, 2017


The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation provides grants for research or projects aimed to resolve problems in developing countries.


With regard to conservation, funding is supposed to improve ecological and environmental conditions in developing countries, to conserve ecosystems and biodiversity and to train local communities in conservation and protection of natural resources.


Concerning the food sector, financing is provided to improve access to the food in developing countries; promote sustainable agricultural practices; support small farmers through education and training; and to explore innovative approaches with respect to elimination of pests and crop diseases.


Non-governmental, non-for-profit, community-based or civil society organizations as well as colleges, universities and academic institutions are eligible to apply.


See also: Postdoctoral research grant (in soil science, water management, biodiversity, climate change and others) at IIASA



Incorporated in 1985, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The foundation helps build capacity in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems.


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


See also: World Land Trust, WLT, Project Funding


Geographic Focus

The foundation’s geographic focus is Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  It prefers to support organizations located in these regions or organizations whose activities are of direct and immediate benefit to these regions.  The foundation does not consider the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries as within its geographic focus.

Fields of Interest

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three primary fields of interest: conservation, food, and health.


See also: TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme (in Germany) for African Scientists


Types of Support

The foundation does not provide general operating support. It 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


See also: Fully Paid Postgraduate Scholarships for Environment-Related Courses at Loughborough



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


See also: International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS) for Engineering, Environmental and Computing courses at Coventry University (Undergraduates)



The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose.

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 does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations, other foundations or churches.


See also: Exploratory Track Scholarships in Natural Science (environment-related courses are eligible)



  • Most grants are made on a one-time basis.
  • There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $30,000 are rarely awarded.
  • 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.
  • The foundation is very willing to cooperate with other funding sources with compatible interests to support a joint project or to provide matching funds. From time to time the foundation may also set matching requirements for grantees, particularly in cases where the foundation cannot provide full funding for the project.
  • The political beliefs of the applicants or the political relations of any state with the United States shall not be taken into account in making or not making any grant, except that the foundation will comply with any requirements imposed by law.
  • Grantees are expected to meet the foundation’s reporting requirements within one year of the previous proposal application. Returning applicants should submit an interim report with all copies of the proposal for renewal. A report outline will be sent with the initial grant letter. Reporting requirements are designed to maintain a reasonable balance between obtaining sufficient information for the foundation to assess expenditures, accomplishments and difficulties and avoiding burdensome work for grantees.


See also: Holland Scholarship for various BSc and MSc programmes



2017-2019 Grant Cycle Timeline
Application & Review Process Grant Round
Grant Round
Concept Application Deadline January 1 *July 1
Request for Proposal Issued February 1 August 1
Proposal Deadline March 1 September 3
Grant Awards June 1 December 1


Deadlines for Concept Applications

Submit your online concept application by January 1 or July 1 to ask for an invitation to submit a proposal for the foundation’s May or November meetings. The deadline is the next business day if the 1st is on a weekend or holiday.  We will tell you if you got invited within a month.  Send in only one application per review cycle.

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Foundation Office

The directors maintain a small, part-time staff in Boston, Massachusetts. Staff provide initial review of applications and meet with applicants when necessary in order to gain an important perspective on a particular request. Requests for meetings will be honored by staff whenever possible.


Correspondence and inquiries should be directed to:

Conservation, Food & Health Foundation
c/o Prentice A. Zinn, Administrator
GMA Foundations
77 Summer Street, 8th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02110-1006 USA

Phone: 617-391-3091


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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu


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