John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Grants for ecosystem conservation, coastal-marine conservation, and policy support for cross-cutting environmental issues
Principal Office: USA
The 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.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Conservation and Sustainable Development. Up to 2019, the Foundation provided funding support for ecosystem conservation in three world regions of global strategic importance. The focus was biodiversity conservation, water production, and carbon storage, coastal-marine conservation, and policy support for cross-cutting global issues.
About the program in Conservation and Sustainable Development
APPLICATION: Grantmaking in Conservation and Sustainable Development was concluded in 2020.l
2 — Big Bets. Big bets are transformative solutions is areas of profound concern, including Climate Change. Grantmaking efforts aim to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 2025. Grants focus mainly on building and sustaining sufficient climate leadership in the United States, India, and China.
[content_box box_type=”e.g. normal”]APPLICATION: The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but new ideas and perspectives can be submitted anytime.
Find the Climate Solutions Grant Guidelines
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
East Asia: China
South Asia: India]
MacArthur posts annual reports.
Grant seekers should consult recent grants in Conservation and Sustainable Development for an overview of the kinds of projects that interest the Foundation.
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships of US$625 thousand each to highly talented individuals in any professional field to be used over five years. The competition is restricted to citizens or residents of the USA. Some Fellows have been important figures in international environmental conservation.
MacArthur provides contact information for its main office in Chicago, and for its regional offices in Mexico, Nigeria, and India.