Building an Inclusive Conservation Movement Program
Launched in 2020, the Building a More Inclusive Conservation Movement Program seeks to support Black, Indigenous and people of color-led organizations that are working towards positive outcomes for biodiversity, nature and/or people. The program will provide general operating support grants of up to $300,000 over three years to at least four Black, Indigenous and people of color-led conservation organizations (for a total of $1.2 million).
Our support of these efforts is grounded in a fundamental belief that a conservation field that values and prioritizes a diversity of voices, perspectives and approaches will lead to more positive outcomes for wildlife, the environment and people. We also recognize the modern conservation movement's history of racism and inequitable practices and acknowledge the philanthropic sector's underfunding of communities who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color in the conservation field.
The program is being supported by an advisory community of practitioners in the environmental field whose experiences and work center on communities who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color. The advisors have nominated organizations to be considered for funding and will be working with Environment Program staff to make funding decisions.