Focus of This Profile: Grants for ecosystem conservation, coastal-marine conservation, and policy support for cross-cutting environmental issues.
Principal Office: USA
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation defines itself as supporting creative people and effective institutions to build a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.
MacArthur is among the largest independent foundations in the USA. MacArthur makes grants in the USA and in about 60 other countries.
In its international grant making, the program area of primary interest in the Terra Viva Grants Directory is “Conservation and Sustainable Development.”
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Conservation and Sustainable Development. The Foundation’s strategy in this program area contains multiple themes, as follows:
Ecosystem Conservation -- The Foundation provides funding support for ecosystem conservation in three world regions of global strategic importance for biodiversity conservation, water production, and carbon storage:
Coastal-Marine Conservation -- MacArthur supports marine conservation in the Caribbean region, Madagascar, and Melanesia. The emphasis is community management of fisheries, marine habitats, and coastal resources.
Policy Support for Cross-Cutting Global Issues -- MacArthur complements its regional conservation strategies with funding support for policy development in several key issues:
About the program in Conservation and Sustainable Development
The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations, and occasionally to for-profit groups for projects that have charitable purposes. In the program Conservation and Sustainable Development, grant recipients are selected on a worldwide basis.
Grant recipients in Conservation and Sustainable Development are conservation NGOs; international organizations; educational institutions; museums and botanical gardens; training institutes; research institutes; and similar organizations.
Most grants range from US$50 thousand to US$800 thousand for periods of one to three years.
APPLICATION: Grant seekers review the Foundation’s guidelines and funding cycles before submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The Foundation explains what to include in an LOI, and where to submit it. Unless otherwise specified, there are no calendar deadlines.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Grant programs in Conservation and Sustainable Development are worldwide (i.e., the policy component) and bio-regional.
Below we identify the countries in the programs comprising Mekong Basin, Great Lakes of Africa, and Andean Watersheds – using the regional classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
East Asia: China
Sub-Saharan Africa: Burundi, Dem Rep Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia
Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
Note: The grants for coastal-marine conservation are regional and national (i.e., Caribbean, Melanesia, and Madagascar).
The Foundation’s strategy and focus areas in Conservation and Sustainable Development were recently revised.
Grant seekers should consult recent grants in Conservation and Sustainable Development for an overview of the kinds of projects that interest the Foundation.
MacArthur provides contact information for its main office in Chicago, and for its regional offices in Mexico, Russia, Nigeria, and India.
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