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Annual Conservation Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits in
Eligible Areas for Community Conservation and Education

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Disney Conservation Fund (DCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/19/20 11:59 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for community based conservation programs in priority states and countries. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects that involve community engagement, education, and field research focused on wildlife species and their habitats.

For eligible geographic areas, see

The Disney Conservation Fund seeks to support projects which relate to Disney’s strategic priorities (for DCF priorities, see FAQs listed in Pre-Application Information below). The Fund will also consider support for projects focused on species and/or habitats featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot.  

The proposal should clearly contribute to the conservation of endangered or threatened species in the wild and their habitats.

Projects must be based on in-situ research of species and/or habitats and incorporate meaningful community conservation education/engagement. Any projects focused on fully aquatic species (freshwater or marine) will be considered for funding.

The proposal should build on previous work including an established commitment to a conservation program or be well suited to become or contribute to a long-term conservation program.

Priority Considerations - The Disney Conservation Fund gives priority consideration to holistic programs addressing a significant conservation need (or projects that are part of a program) which reflect:

  •  Education and community engagement, including measuring results. 
  •  Sustainable development programs directly connected to protecting species and habitats.
  •  Scientific field studies on species and habitats. 
  •  Although the fund recognizes that basic science is a critical first step in conservation initiatives, preference is given to projects where there is a significant conservation action component.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176918

Estimated Size of Grant:

The DCF will consider requests for a maximum of $50,000 to be provided over a grant period of two years. The budget may be allocated in whatever way makes the most sense for the funded program; i.e. $30,000 in the first year, $20,000 in the second year, etc.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be provided over a period of two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only nonprofit, charitable organizations may apply. Therefore:

- Scientists, students and institutions are encouraged to work with nonprofit organizations to apply.
- The Disney Conservation Fund does not accept applications directly from government agencies.
- Colleges and universities may have to apply either through or in conjunction with their school’s foundation or in partnership with another non-profit organization. Applications are accepted from Ph.D. level faculty focused on long term conservation programs. Graduate students can not directly apply but can be included in a Ph.D. level faculty project that is part of an established program or a new initiative that establishes objectives for a long term conservation impact. Tuition is not funded.

To be considered eligible, non-US charity organizations without US 501(c)(3) status must be considered a
nonprofit/charity organization in their own country. Please refer to for additional details. Regarding eligibility of non-US organizations, see

Zoological Institutions and Aquariums: Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions may apply only if the researchers conducting the program are involved in field research and do not hold a curatorial, veterinary or supervisory role related to the captive collection at the accredited institution. For further eligibility information, see

The DCF generally does not provide funding for removal or eradication of invasive/non-native species other than plants. While they allow for such methods to be part of the overall program given the welfare methodology, funding requested from the Disney Conservation Fund should not be directed to these components. Proposals for projects that involve invasive species removal/eradication should provide detailed information of the methods used connected with those activities.

The Disney Conservation Fund does not fund ex-situ projects/project components.

The DCF does not fund student university tuition or any budget items that support government officials, staff, agencies, etc. that may be working with the applicant organization on a conservation project.

Pre-Application Information:


- Inquiry Deadline: 11:59 PM, EDT, October 18, 2019
- Invitations Distributed: January 2020
- Proposals Due: 11:59 PM, EST, February 19th, 2020
- Evaluation Completed: August 2020
- Processing/Notifications/Check Distribution: August- September, 2020
- Mid-Term Report Deadline for 2020 Grant Recipients: November 2021
- Final Report Deadline for 2020 Grant Recipients: November 2022

An inquiry is required to be considered for an invitation to apply for funds in 2020. An invitation code is not required to submit an inquiry. Inquiries for the 2020 granting cycle are being accepted through 11:59 PM EDT October 18, 2019.

If submitting multiple project inquiries, please complete one form per project.

Organizations may submit one project application for each of the six (6) geographic regions served by the DCF ( Africa, Asia, Central/South America, Europe/Middle East/Australia, Marine, and North America).

Inquiries will be reviewed from October through December annually. Approved inquiries will be added to the DCF's application invitation list and provided an invitation code to submit a full-length application that will be due in February. Formal application is by invitation only.

Please do not contact the DCF any earlier than August 31st, 2020 regarding the status of your proposal. It is the Fund's policy to notify all applicants at the same time regarding the status of their application.

Organizations that are interested in applying for conservation funding but their project takes place outside of either the Foundation's listed priority areas or listed priority geographical regions, should please contact the DCF team prior to completing the inquiry form. (Please note the country where the proposed project takes place and the species on which it focuses to see if it may be considered.)

The proposal should be cooperative in nature and may have matching funds.

Organizations that received a grant for a project in one granting cycle may not apply for additional funds for the same project during the next granting cycle; projects become eligible to re-apply in the second year of the two-year grant period. (Note: Organizations that have received a grant can submit an application for a different project during the next granting cycle, following the online inquiry process.) Therefore, projects funded in 2019 may not apply again for the same project until the cycle beginning in September 2020; organizations may submit an inquiry for a different project than one that was funded in 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Inquiry Form:

For questions, please contact:

Leslie Wells
Disney Corporate Social Responsibility- Strategic Philanthropy
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-938-2795

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USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia: Vancouer;   New Brunswick;   Nova Scotia;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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