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National Geographic Society

Grants for exploration, field research, and conservation in subjects of environment and natural resources

Principal Office: USA

The National Geographic Society (of the USA) was established in 1888 to support geographical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, and to encourage geography education. It defines its current mission as inspiring people to care about the Planet.

The Society makes several hundred grants per year. Grant making is decentralized across a number of committees and funds.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants for Research and Exploration. The National Geographic Society shares quarterly Requests for Proposals. National Geographic Society–funded projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology.

APPLICATION: Applications should be submitted at least six months prior to the proposed project start date to ensure any awarded funds are received in time.

All applications must be submitted through the online application system. National Geographic does not accept mailed or emailed applications. All application materials must be submitted in English.

About the current grant opportunities, and how to apply


Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


The Society is a partner of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for the annual Buffett Awards of US$25 thousand for Leadership in African Conservation and Leadership in Latin American Conservation.

January 2021