Environment

Mission

The mission of the Environment Program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments.

Focus

DDCF'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.

Grants Awarded

The Environment Program has awarded more than $257 million in grants since 1997 related to the conservation of wildlife in the United States.  

About Doris Duke and Conservation

Doris Duke was a lifelong environmentalist with a keen interest in conservation. In her will, she expressed her interest in "the preservation of wildlife, both flora and fauna" and in supporting "ecological endeavors."

Goals & Strategies

Grant-making Process

The Environment Program has awarded more than $257 million in grants since 1997 related to the conservation of wildlife in the United States. The Environment Program awards grants through invited proposals and the occasional funding competition.  Funding opportunities may also be available through organizations administering re-granting programs supported by the foundation.

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Funding Opportunities

There are no open competitions at this time.

The Environment Program approaches its grant making through a curatorial process in which it identifies organizations to invite to submit proposals under its strategies. To learn more about the Environment Program's grant-making approach, please visit the program's Grant-making Process page.

Grant-seekers may be interested in exploring the following re-granting programs that are funded through the Environment Program:

The Climate Adaptation Fund, administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society

The Resilient Landscapes Initiative, administered by the Open Space Institute