Conservation, Food, and Health

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation
Posted on 03-11-2016 | Closing on 01-01-2017
Environment, Food, Health
USD 0 - 20

Incorporated in 1985, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing under-funded issues and geographic areas.

Geographic Focus

The foundation’s geographic focus is the developing world. It prefers to support organizations located in developing countries or to developed country organizations whose activities are of direct and immediate benefit to developing countries.  The foundation does not consider the states of the former Soviet Union or former Eastern Bloc countries as within its geographic focus.

Fields of Interest

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation supports special projects and programs of non governmental organizations in three primary fields of interest: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.

Conservation

Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:

  • help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries
  • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training

Food

Food grants support focused efforts to improve access to food for consumption in developing countries. Areas of interest include projects that:

  • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
  • explore and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale food producers and farmers; and
  • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops of developing countries

Health

The foundation supports public health programs that are preventive rather than curative in nature. 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; and
  • increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases

Policies

  • Most grants are made on a one-time basis.
  • There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $25,000 are rarely awarded.
  • The foundation will not consider more than one proposal from an organization in any calendar year and will not fund an organization more than once in a funding year.
  • The foundation will not fund overhead or indirect costs of projects.
  • The foundation is very willing to cooperate with other funding sources with compatible interests to support a joint project or to provide matching funds. From time to time the foundation may also set matching requirements for grantees, particularly in cases where the foundation cannot provide full funding for the project.
  • The political beliefs of the applicants or the political relations of any state with the United States shall not be taken into account in making or not making any grant, except that the foundation will comply with any requirements imposed by law.
  • Grantees are expected to meet the foundation’s reporting requirements within one year of the previous proposal application. Returning applicants should submit an interim report with all copies of the proposal for renewal. A report outline will be sent with the initial grant letter. Reporting requirements are designed to maintain a reasonable balance between obtaining sufficient information for the foundation to assess expenditures, accomplishments and difficulties and avoiding burdensome work for grantees.

 

Who can apply?

Most types of non-governmental organizations can apply

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Civil society organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Colleges, universities and academic institutions

Very small organizations are not a priority

  • The foundation rarely makes grants that exceed 25% of an organization’s total operating budget.

New organizations or start-ups are seldom funded

  • The foundation rarely funds start-up organizations with limited track records.

Grants mainly support projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

  • The Foundation does not support for projects in Europe, former Soviet-bloc countries or developed countries.

Who should not apply? 

The Foundation does not fund the following:

  • 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 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
  • conferences
  • general operating support
  • individuals, businesses, churches, government, orphanages and humanitarian aid agencies

Who will be competitive?

The foundation gives priority to projects that:

  • Ask difficult questions or test new solutions
  • Propose ambitious and measurable outcomes
  • Address regional or cross-boundary opportunities and challenges
  • Strengthen partnerships, coalitions or networks
  • Strengthen local leadership
  • Build scientific and technical capacity
  • Influence public debate and policy
  • Emphasize prevention rather over remediation or treatment

The foundation has an online, two-phase application system comprised of a short concept application, followed by a limited number of invited full proposals.

 

2016-2018 Grant Cycle Timeline

Application & Review Process
Grant Round
1.
Grant Round
2.
Concept Application Deadline January 1 July 1
Request for Proposal Issued February 1 August 3
Proposal Deadline March 1 September 3
Grant Awards June 1 December 1

 

Deadlines for Concept Applications

Submit your online concept application by January 1 or July 1 to ask for an invitation to submit a proposal for the foundation’s May or November meetings. The deadline is the next business day if the 1st is on a weekend or holiday.  We will tell you if you got invited within a month.  Send in only one application per review cycle.

For submission of Concept Notes, please visit the following link, and click on the button given at the bottom of the page. 

Apply Online