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New England Biolabs Foundation

Grants for grassroots conservation and local livelihoods in selected countries of Central America, South America, and West Africa

Principal Office: USA

The New England Biolabs Foundation (NEBF) fosters community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes, and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places.

The Foundation makes grants in selected countries of Central America, South America, and West Africa. Occasionally, it also makes grants in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants for community-based conservation. The Foundation’s thematic priorities in conservation are:

  • Conserving biological diversity;
  • Sustaining cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as traditional knowledge systems and practices;
  • Maintaining ecosystem services for water, soil, and carbon sequestration;
  • Supporting food security and economic vitality of local communities; and
  • Sustaining healthy marine environments and sustainable fisheries.

About funding priorities

The Foundation makes grants to grassroots and community-based organizations; other nonprofit charitable organizations; and emerging support groups. Grant recipients are locally based in the Foundation’s priority countries.

The maximum grant is US$12 thousand. Most grants are US$3 thousand to US$9 thousand.

APPLICATION: Potentially interested applicants should study the Foundation’s funding priorities, geographical interests, and grant restrictions.

Interested applicants make a preliminary inquiry to the Foundation to describe the proposed project; its relationship to NEBF’s interests and mission; the project team; and a budget summary.

The Foundation posts calendar deadlines for submitting these inquiries.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

The Foundation is highly specific about where it will fund international projects. Priorities are limited to selected countries in the Gulf of Honduras; three Andean countries of South America; two countries of West Africa; and a few countries where NEBF has long experience.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Cameroon, Ghana

Latin America and Caribbean: Belize, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru

The Foundation’s website is available in English and Spanish.

In addition to its international grant making, NEBF also makes grants for artistic expression in Massachusetts, USA.

The New England Biolabs Foundation lists previous grant awards by year and program area.

The Foundation provides contact information.

September 2021