The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grants Program
The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grants Program seeks to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The foundation helps build the capacity of organizations and coalitions with grants that support research or improve the learning and generation of local solutions to complex problems.
Fields of Interest
The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.ConservationConservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in low- and middle-income countries. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:help conserve ecosystems and protect biodiversitytrain local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training Food
Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems. Areas of interest include projects that:promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; andadvance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries.
The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals. It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; andincrease the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases
Types of Support
The foundation does not provide general operating support. It favors research, training, and technical assistance projects that:employ and/or train personnel from developing countriesare led by organizations with strong records of accomplishments in a particular field and have potential for replicationfocus on regional or cross-boundary issues and opportunitiesfeature collaborative partnerships embedded in strong networksstrengthen local leadership and scientific capacityinfluence public discourse and policyfocus on prevention rather than remediationattract additional support and hold promise for continuation or impact beyond the period of foundation support.
There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $30,000 are rarely awarded.
The foundation supports low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
It prefers to support organizations located in low- and middle-income countries or organizations located in upper-income countries whose activities are of direct benefit low- and middle-income countries.
The foundation does not support the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries.
The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose.
In general, the foundation will support:Non-governmental organizations (NGO)Nonprofit organizationsCivil society organizationsCommunity-based organizationsColleges, universities and academic institutions
The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies, humanitarian aid organizations, other foundations or churches.
The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation does not provide support for:
buildings, vehicles, land purchases or capital improvements
direct medical care or treatment at hospitals or clinics
medical equipment for hospitals or clinics
wells, pumps or water systems
emergency relief or humanitarian aid projects
microenterprise, tourism, job training or non-agricultural livelihood projects
feeding or food distribution programs
projects to improve farming for export crops
basic farming, beekeeping, chicken, or animal husbandry training projects
films, videos, books or websites
scholarships, fellowships, tuition or travel grants
general operating support
individuals, businesses, churches, government, orphanages and humanitarian aid agencies
Requests for COVID-19 prevention projects and research are not a priority. The Foundation will continue to give priority to supporting innovations in family planning, health promotion, and disease prevention in other under-resourced areas.