DEADLINE: National Geographic Grants Program

Event Date: 
April 22, 2020

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.

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. Deadline: Apr 22, 2020. Decisions in Aug 2020.
  • 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 (decisions in Aug 2020); more TBA.
  • 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.
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