Focus of This Profile: Grants for wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and community awareness and education in these topics.
Principal Office: USA
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading entertainment and media enterprise on a global scale.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) makes grants for wildlife studies, habitat protection, and community conservation and education in critical ecosystems around the world.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. The DWCF makes annual conservation grants, and it manages a rapid response fund. It also makes awards to grassroots conservationists for outstanding work to protect wildlife and habitats, and to educate communities.
Annual Conservation Grants -- The DWCF favors projects that contribute to the conservation of endangered and threatened species and their habitats. The priority is for projects that connect locally to engage communities, conservation NGOs, and governments. Funded projects should build on previous work, or have the potential to contribute to long-term conservation programs. Priority is for requests of US$25 thousand or less.
Rapid Response Fund -- The Rapid Respond Program is designed to provide emergency grants in times of conservation crisis or urgent need. Grants are up to US$5 thousand per request.
Conservation Heroes -- Organizations funded by the DWCF are eligible to nominate conservation heroes. These are local persons who have helped advance conservation in their communities. Awards of US$1 thousand are divided between each Conservation Hero and the nominating organization.
Eligibility for grants is restricted to organizations that have nonprofit status in the USA. Nonprofit organizations in other countries apply in collaboration with U.S. nonprofit partners.
APPLICATION: The DWCF posts criteria, guidelines, and frequently asked questions for each component of its program.
Regarding Annual Conservation Grants, applicants need to request an invitation to apply. Applicants send a short inquiry by email to make this request, following guidelines in “Frequently Asked Questions.” The Fund has an annual deadline for accepting requests.
Inquiries to the Rapid Response Fund can be submitted at any time. Applicants send an email to DWCF to request an invitation code.
Nominations for Conservation Heroes are directed to DWCF’s contact point (via email).
About the DWCF, and how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Grant seekers may want to consult DWCF’s fact sheet.
The DWCF provides a map of funded projects.
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