Grant Information

Total Funding Available
Minimum Request
Maximum Request
Average Grant Award
Match Requirement
50% (may be combination of cash and in-kind contributions)
RFP Release
February (annual)
Pre-application Due
April (annual)
Final Application Due
July (annual)
Mt. Olympus

Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund

The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund (“the Fund”) strives to increase the pace and scale of impact in adaptation for wildlife and ecosystems by increasing innovation, accelerating learning, and mainstreaming proven adaptation approaches. Grant partners implement ground breaking, science based projects, using traditional and new conservation tools applied in strategic ways to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to a range of climate impacts. All applicants should explain how their project is designed specifically to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to observed or projected climate change impacts.

Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations applying for one of two grant categories:

  1. Adaptation Implementation projects that apply innovative approaches to conservation actions designed to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. These projects must include evidence gathering and results sharing components to advance learning in the field. Adaptation Implementation grants will be up to $300,000 over 3 years.
  1. Adaptation Mainstreaming projects that pursue pathways to unlock the potential of an adaptation approach with known benefits to be adopted at a large scale. Adaptation Mainstreaming grants will be up to $100,000 over 2 years.

Who Can Apply?
Nonprofit Organizations
Project Types
Restoration, Monitoring, Conservation
Restoration Types
Habitat (General)
Geography/Land Ownership
Grants can be awarded for projects only within the 50 U.S. states, U.S. Commonwealths, and territories.