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


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 $345 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

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: