Program Information

The Wildlife Conservation Society is pleased to announce the next round of grantmaking through the Climate Adaptation Fund.

Pre-proposal applications are due by Friday, April 7, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST.

Interested organizations should carefully review the guidelines outlined in the Request for Proposals below. Consult the Applicant Guidance Document below to learn about the Climate Adaptation Fund’s programmatic priorities and what the key elements of a successful proposal are.

To apply, create an account for your organization or log in to a previously created account and submit your application in our online system.

In addition to the Request for Proposals and Applicant Guidance Document below, are two resources to assist you in completing your pre-proposal application. The Monitoring and Evaluation Guide highlights important considerations to make for monitoring and evaluating conservation projects that are specifically climate adaptation projects. New this year is a Strategic Communications Guide which demonstrates how to create a communications strategy for conservation projects. Strategic communications are an essential tool to scale up the impact of a conservation project and broaden its application among other practitioners.

Click the resources below to view and download them:

______________________2017 Request for Proposals____________2017 Applicant Guidance Document__

_________________________Request for Proposals____________Applicant Guidance Document

_______________________M&E Guide 2017___________Strategic Communications Guide

______________________________M&E Guide________________Strategic Communications Guide

___________________________________2017 CAF RFP Informational Webinar

_______________________________________2017 Informational Webinar

With funding managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $2.5 million in competitive grants in 2017. Grants will be one to two years in length. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. 

Eligibility: This program provides grants to U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the 50 U.S. states and six U.S. territories. The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund is unable to make grants to for-profit corporations, individuals, universities, public agencies, municipalities or other types of government entities. Public agencies, tribal governments and universities may partner on proposals submitted by an eligible non-profit conservation organization or work as paid contractors on funded projects. We encourage and expect that many project proposals will emerge from collaborations between the applicant organization and any number of partners from academia, public agencies, and other non-profit organizations.

To apply: Information and applicant guidelines will be distributed in February 2017. Subscribe to our mailing list to find out more.

Learn more about the projects awarded funding in 2016

Program Staff

Liz Tully, Program Manager

Darren Long, Program Director

Molly Cross, Climate Adaptation Coordinator