Grant-making 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.

All the Environment Program's land capital funds are distributed through re-granting competitions administered by regional conservation organizations. The foundation does not make direct grants for land acquisition projects. Visit our Funding Opportunities page to find out about any open re-granting competitions.

Unsolicited proposals about future support for projects that fall within the Environment Program's four primary grant-making strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry. Please read through our four primary grant-making strategies to determine whether your proposal fits our objectives and to view re-granting opportunities funded by the foundation:

Areas Not Funded 

In general, the Environment Program does not make grants outside of its four primary grant-making strategies referenced directly above.

In addition:

  • Funding is limited to the United States and projects located therein (trans-national efforts that include Canada or Mexico may be eligible).
  • Capital for land acquisition is available only through our re-granting partners.
  • Capital for construction, organizational headquarters or other facility costs is not available.
  • The foundation does not support projects that focus on marine environments, toxics remediation, direct or grass-roots lobbying, individual research or scholarships (apart from existing DDCF initiatives), publications (outside of grantee endeavors) or filmmaking.