2020 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund

Grant Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking through its Climate Adaptation Fund, a program that supports projects that implement effective interventions for wildlife and ecosystem adaptation to climate change. The Climate Adaptation Fund is made possible through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund provides a total of $2.5 million in grant awards between $50,000 and $250,000 to conservation non-profit organizations each year.


1.    Review the 2020 RFP and Applicant Guidance Document. Pre-proposals Due Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 by 5:00 PM EST.

2.    Create an account for your organization and apply on our online application system.

3.    Sign up for our mailing list to be among the first to receive the next RFP announcement.


One to two-year projects that implement science-driven, on-the-ground actions that assist wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change at a landscape scale.

Project proposals must:

  • Focus on the functionality of ecosystems, rather than conserving individual species.

  • Be designed for long-term conservation impact.

  • Create the potential for impact at a landscape scale.

  • Use strategic, targeted communications activities to amplify adaptation outcomes.

  • Be designed with climate adaptation for wildlife and ecosystems as a core goal or outcome of the work.

  • Propose conservation goals and actions that are grounded in the best available science.

  • Conduct on-the-ground implementation, not research, planning or tool development.

Learn more by reading the most recent Applicant Guidance Document.


  • U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations without an approved IRS 501(c)(3) status may apply through a 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor.

  • Organizations proposing adaptation projects within the 50 U.S. states and territories.

  • Organizations proposing adaptation projects in terrestrial, inland aquatic, or coastal aquatic systems.

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. However, we encourage and expect that many projects will be implemented in collaborative partnership between the leading non-profit organization and a diverse array of natural resource practitioners.