Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building Program for Conservation Organizations


The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s (DDCF) Environment Program is launching a new initiative to support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) capacity building in U.S. conservation organizations. Grants of up to $60,000 over two years will be awarded to approximately 11–12 organizations to support activities that allow them to sustain or accelerate their DEI organizational change efforts. Grants will be selected through a competitive process that is administered by DDCF’s Environment Program; proposals will be reviewed by the program’s Advisory Community, who will make funding recommendations. Grantees will also have the opportunity to engage in peer learning with the other funded organizations, and we seek to find ways to share the learnings from these grants with the broader conservation, environment and philanthropic fields.

A total of $700,000 will be awarded through the program. Eligible organizations are those that have demonstrated existing commitment to and action on DEI organizational change and are seeking funding to help sustain or accelerate their work during this challenging time. This could include—but is not limited to—organizations that have conducted DEI training or planning, centered racial equity in their work from the start or hired staff to drive their DEI change processes. This program is for organizations that have put serious thought into their DEI change efforts and have begun implementing activities to drive organizational change.

Applicants must submit their applications electronically by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 31. 

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