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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits in Eligible
States and Countries for Community Conservation

Annual Conservation Grant

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Disney Conservation Fund (DCF)

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Deadline Date:

02/18/22 11:59 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for community conservation programs in priority states and countries. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects that address a significant and urgent conservation need. Funded programs will contribute to the conservation of endangered, threatened, or vulnerable species and their habitats in the wild, and engage communities through education programs or community-based projects.

The Disney Conservation Fund supports programs and projects around the world, with programs in 120 different
countries receiving support thus far. The fund also seeks to support projects taking place in areas where Disney has
a significant business focus. For eligible geographic areas,

The Fund will also consider support for projects focused on species/habitats featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot.

Criteria and Priority Considerations - The Disney Conservation Fund gives priority consideration to holistic programs that address a significant and urgent conservation need (or projects that are part of a program) which reflect all of the following:

  • Contribution to the conservation of endangered, threatened or vulnerable species and their habitats in the wild
  • Applied scientific field studies on species and habitats that demonstrate scientific rigor, directly inform/advance conservation strategies, and evaluate impact.
    • The Disney Conservation Fund does not fund ex-situ projects/project components.
    • Although the fund recognizes that basic science is a critical first step in conservation initiatives, preference is given to projects that include specific conservation action components.
  • Engagement of relevant communities/stakeholders through community-based education programs or support of sustainable community development projects directly connected to protecting species and habitats, including measurement of impact on attitudes and behaviors.
  • Proposal of feasible activities to advance conservation outcomes for wildlife/habitats over the next two years, including evidence of adequate support through cooperative efforts with relevant partners (other nonprofit organizations, government agencies, communities, etc), additional funding sources, relevant permits, etc.
  • Expansion of previous work including an established commitment to a conservation program OR demonstration that proposed project is well suited to become or contribute to a long-term conservation program.
  • Consideration for welfare of the animals involved in the study. Specifically, the principal investigator affirms:
    • Capture/restraint techniques minimize stress and the potential for physical injury or psychological harm
    • Immobilization/anesthesia is done under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or other trained professional
    • Exposure to noxious stimuli and presumptive negative effects are minimized with administration of anesthetic and/or analgesic agents where appropriate

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176918

Estimated Size of Grant:

The DCF will consider requests for a maximum of $50,000 to be provided over a grant period of two years.

The Disney Conservation Fund will not award funds at less than 80 percent of the amount requested. Most grants are able to be funded at the full amount requested.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be provided over a period of two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Disney Conservation Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations leading comprehensive community conservation efforts and initiatives.

Non-US charity organizations without US 501(c)(3) nonprofit status may apply directly for Disney Conservation Fund support and are no longer required to identify a US 501(c)3 nonprofit intermediary if they meet certain criteria. To be considered eligible, non-US charity organizations without US 501(c)(3) status must be considered a nonprofit/charity organization in their own country; please refer to TechSoup’s local NGO definitions for additional details.

Organizations must have been established for at least one year and have an annual income of more than $50,000 for the last year, and able to provide supporting documentation upon request.

Scientists, students and institutions who work with nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. Only charitable organizations may apply, and organizations must meet eligibility requirements.

For additional criteria, see

For eligible geographic locations, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

The Disney Conservation Fund does not accept applications directly from government agencies and will not fund any budget items that support government officials, staff, agencies, etc. that may be working with your organization on a conservation project.

Colleges and universities should apply either through or in conjunction with their school’s foundation or in partnership with another non-profit organization. Applications will be accepted from Ph.D. level faculty focused on long term conservation programs. Graduate students can be involved in the project but cannot be the primary investigator.

Graduate students can not directly apply but can be included in a Ph.D. level faculty project that is part of an established program or a new initiative that establishes objectives for a long term conservation impact. Tuition is not funded.

For more information on eligibility, see:

For ineligible applicants and expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Inquiry Deadline: 11:59pm EDT, October 18, 2021
- TechSoup Verifications Deadline: 11:59pm, EST, December 18, 2021
- Invitations Distributed: January 2022
- Proposals Due: 11:59pm, EST, February 18, 2022. Completed proposals must be received by the deadline date and time.
- Evaluation Completed: August 2022
- Processing/Notifications/Check Distribution: August-September, 2022
- Mid-Term Report Deadline for 2022 Grant Recipients: November 2023, check Cybergrants for exact date
- Final Report Deadline for 2022 Grant Recipients: November 2024, check Cybergrants for exact date

To receive an invitation for the next annual grant application year, please complete an application inquiry in the Cybergrants online system between September 15, 2021 – October 18, 2021. An invitation code is not required to submit an inquiry. Automatic invitations will not be provided to previous grant recipients. An inquiry is required by all organizations interested in being invited to apply for funding.

Inquiries will be reviewed through December 2021. Formal application is by invitation only.

Please do not contact the DCF any earlier than August 31st, 2022 regarding the status of your proposal. It is the DCF's policy to notify all applicants at the same time regarding the status of their application.

Organizations interested in applying for conservation funding with a project taking place outside of the listed priority areas should please contact the DCF team to share the country where their project takes place and the species they are focused on to see if it may be considered.

The Walt Disney Company prioritizes justice, equity, diversity and inclusion across its businesses and has committed to allocating at least 50 percent of charitable giving, including grants provided by the Disney Conservation Fund, to programs that directly impact diverse communities. Within your application, you will be asked to share how your project will support underserved or vulnerable communities.

Organizations may submit one project application for each of the six (6) geographic regions served by the DCF ( Africa, Asia, Central/South America, Europe/Middle East/Australia, Marine, and North America).

Organizations that received a grant for a project in one granting cycle may not apply for additional funds for the same project during the next granting cycle; projects become eligible to re-apply in the second year of the two-year grant period. (Note: Organizations that have received a grant can submit an application for a different project during the next granting cycle, following the online inquiry process.)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an online Inquiry:

For geographic eligibility questions, as well as for technical support, please contact the DCF team at

Caitlin Cox

Disney Enterprise Social Responsibility -- Strategic Philanthropy
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Grant Coverage Areas:

- Africa: Angola, Botswana, Congo, DRC, Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

- Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

- Central/South America: Antigua, Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Castaway Cay, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, The Bahamas, Uruguay, Venezuela

- Europe/Middle East/Australia: Albania, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanese Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia & CIS, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

- Marine: Alaska, Antarctica, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, California, Castaway Cay, Cayman Islands, China, Eastern Gulf of Mexico (especially in/near Florida), Hawaii, Indo-Pacific, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, The Bahamas and Western Atlantic; will also consider marine projects occurring near other priority areas listed.
*Any projects focused on marine species, brackish or saltwater habitats will be considered by this committee.

- North America:
Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia;
USA: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Connecticut;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Maine;   Montana;   New Hampshire;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   New Brunswick;   Nova Scotia;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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