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DEADLINE: National Geographic Grants Program
Since first awarding a grant in 1890, the National Geographic Society has been investing in bold people and transformative ideas. Our funding opportunities aim to further understanding of our planet and empower a global community to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.
As the Society enters a strategic planning process — and in recognition of the challenges of conducting fieldwork during the COVID-19 pandemic — we have decided to pause most of our grantmaking opportunities following the October 21 deadline.
This will give us the opportunity to think strategically about how our grantmaking can create the greatest impact in illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world, in alignment with the Society’s mission and vision.
We accept proposals for projects in conservation, education, research, storytelling or technology.
Our grant recipients are a diverse community of change-makers from around the world, and we actively seek to help them network and connect more deeply with National Geographic and each other.
We currently offer three types of grants:
- Early Career Grants: Designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Grant projects last one calendar year or less. Typically funded for US $5,000 and cannot exceed US $10,000. October 21, 2020 is the next deadline to submit a proposal for this funding opportunity.
- Exploration Grants: For experienced project leaders in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling and technology. Grant projects last one calendar year or less. Typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000. Quarterly deadlines: Jan 15, 2020 (decisions in May 2020); April 22, 2020 (cancelled); January 20, 2021 is the next deadline to submit a proposal for this funding opportunity.
- Requests for Proposals: Grants that concentrate on certain key issues. Applicants may propose projects focused in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology in response to the special Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Deadlines vary by RFP topic; currently, most are Oct 21, 2020.
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