Important Letter from the Environment Program About COVID-19 Response

To current grantees of the Environment Program:

We hope this message finds you safe, well and navigating these uncertain times with grace.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Environment Program understands that the COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to our society and to every organization we support. DDCF knows that its grantees are facing programmatic, operational and financial impacts as a result of the global pandemic. With broad social distancing and travel restrictions, and new demands on people’s time to care for loved ones and their communities, it is likely that your grant-funded work will be affected in a variety of ways.

Like you, despite the current circumstances, we remain committed to our mission of environmental conservation, and the ongoing vitality of our grantee partners continues to be one of our highest priorities. As such, we are willing to consider the below flexibilities on a case-by-case basis. Grantees should contact the Environment Program at env@ddcf.org to work out specifics. [Note: grantees of DDCF-supported regranting programs including the Climate Adaptation Fund, Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund, Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator, Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Fund and Climate Resilience Fund should contact the appropriate staff contacts at those programs.]

  • Report deadlines: Extension of deadlines for post-award progress and financial reports will be offered.
  • No-cost extensions: If a grantee will be underspent at the regular end date of a grant, a no-cost extension will be offered as outlined in the grant agreement. If a budget is predicted to be underspent at the end of a currently active no-cost extension because of the effects of COVID-19, a second no-cost extension will be considered.
  • Salaries: Charges to DDCF grants for salaries will be allowed even though work by project staff and support staff may be curtailed by the effects of COVID-19.
  • Stipends: Stipend payments to fellows and trainees may be continued.
  • Travel and conference fees: Non-refundable travel costs and fees associated with grant-related travel that has been cancelled due to COVID-19 may be charged to the award.
  • DDCF-supported meetings: When DDCF-supported meetings are postponed or cancelled, non-refundable costs may be charged to the grant. Unused funds could be repurposed to cover other costs if needed.
  • Redirection of funds: If it would be helpful to redirect funds to new areas of work because of COVID-19 (e.g., reallocation to online conferencing or learning), please contact us to discuss.
  • Acceleration of 2020 grant payments: If you are scheduled to receive a grant payment in calendar year 2020 and it would be helpful for your organization to shift the payment date sooner, please contact us to discuss.

As we continue to monitor the pandemic’s effects, we will update this page. Please check back for the latest information. If specific circumstances arise in which measures other than those listed above would be helpful, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

The Environment Program staff 
Sacha Spector, Danielle Levoit and Sean Thackurdeen