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Environment Program

Funding Areas

Environment

The mission of the Environment Program is to ensure a thriving, resilient environment for wildlife and people, and foster an inclusive, effective conservation movement.

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

Grand mountain valley landscape with two people walking on the foreground

Why It's Important

In the wildest places and the most urban, our health and quality of life depends on the natural world—from the water we drink, the air we breathe and the food we eat, to the places where we may find inspiration, joy, healing or kinship. Increasingly, nature depends on us as well, to be responsible stewards of the ecosystems where we and millions of other species dwell. In the face of accelerating extinctions and global climate change, now is the critical decade for taking action.

What We Support

The Environment Program supports work that addresses the climate crisis through land conservation and natural climate solutions; protects wildlife habitat in the creation of clean-energy facilities; focuses on sustainable agriculture and climate change resiliency of natural areas in the Tri-State Area; and fosters an effective and inclusive conservation field.

Key Re-Granting Programs and Competitions

Grantmaking Process

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.

Seeking a grant?

View our latest funding opportunities and open competitions