2023 The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Research Grant Program



The Foundation supports local, state, and regional organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East in the countries where the projects are based.  It also supports organizations located in upper-income countries working with local partners in these areas.  It does not support projects in post-Soviet states or Balkan states.

Most types of organizations that can provide evidence of their non-governmental status or charitable purpose are eligible to apply, including non-governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations; civil society organizations; community-based organizations; and colleges, universities, and other academic institutions.

Government agencies and religious organizations may be included as project partners but are not eligible for direct funding.

The Foundation does not typically fund:

  • Overhead or indirect project costs
  • General operating support
  • Direct food, health or other humanitarian aid
  • Eco-tourism
  • Buildings and capital improvements
  • Projects ultimately intended for private gain.  All intellectual property developed with the grant should be public.
  • Salaries for Executive Directors of U.S. and European-based organizations.
  • Project expenses incurred before the grant is awarded.


The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to protect the environment, improve food production, and promote public health in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Types of Support

The Foundation supports projects and applied research that:

  • Generate local or regional solutions to problems affecting the quality of the environment and human life;
  • Advance local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences;
  • Develop the capacity of local organizations and coalitions; and
  • Address challenges in the field. 

The Foundation prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas.

The Foundation funds applied research, pilot projects, new initiatives, training, and technical assistance, rather than ongoing support for programs that are already well underway.  An important goal for the Foundation is to provide seed money to help promising projects, organizations, and individuals develop the track record they need to attract major foundation funding in the future.

There is no minimum or maximum grant size. It is anticipated that most grants will fall in the $25,000-$50,000 per year range.

Grants are made for a one- or two-year period.  Second-year funding is conditional on the provision of a satisfactory progress report, interim financial report, and work plan.  Renewal requests for projects that were not originally approved as a multi-year project may be considered, but require a new application.

Grant awards are made twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, with applications due several months prior.  Timelines are publicized on the website in advance and may differ slightly from year to year.

Agency Name: 
The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation
Contact Name: 
Keiko McFarland
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There is no minimum or maximum grant size. It is anticipated that most grants will fall in the $25,000-$50,000 per year range.
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External Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, June 17, 2024
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