Focus of This Profile: Grants for collections of tropical plants, and support of research partnerships between the USA and South Africa.
Principal Office: USA
The grant-making philosophy of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is to build, strengthen, and sustain institutions for higher education, the arts, and conservation. The Foundation seeks to invest sufficient funds to support programs for an extended period to achieve meaningful results.
Among its program areas, the one of primary relevance in the Terra Viva Grants Directory is Conservation and the Environment. Within this area, Mellon focuses on collections of tropical plants, and support of research partnerships between the USA and South Africa.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Conservation and the Environment. Conservation and the Environment is the smallest of Mellon’s program areas. The Foundation is closing this program in order to focus on its core areas in the humanities, education, and the arts. However, Mellon continues to support two areas in what remains of its conservation program.
Plants Initiative – In support of producing images and information on plants of the world, Mellon funds partnerships of more than 150 herbaria in over 50 countries to create a database of high-quality images of plant specimens from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The Foundation is interested in plant type specimens not already in its collections. The principal grant recipients are universities, research institutes, museums, botanical gardens, libraries, and similar institutions. Most grants range between US$30 thousand to US$500 thousand.
Research Bridges to South Africa -- Mellon supports research partnerships between universities in the USA with institutions in South Africa. Examples of South African institutions include the South African National Parks System, and the South African National Biodiversity Institution. Eligibility to participate in the program is limited to existing grantees.
About support to Conservation and Environment
APPLICATION: Prospective applicants submit initial inquiries to Mellon’s staff for Conservation and Environment, preferably by email. Inquiries should contain a concise description of the idea being presented, along with a cost estimate.
Link to program staff
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Note: Although the geographical focus of the botanical collections is Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, institutions worldwide are eligible for grant funding (i.e., much of the work is done in laboratories).
The Foundation provides a grants list as a supplement to its annual reports.
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