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Exploration Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
for Conservation, Education, and Research Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Geographic Society

Deadline Date:

10/03/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals for projects in the areas of education, conservation, storytelling, research, or technology. Proposals are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with tangible and/or measurable results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183820

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects are typically funded for between $10,000 and $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects last one calendar year or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time they submit an application. Applications are encouraged from around the world.

You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time. However, you may be a project member or co-applicant on multiple grants simultaneously. You must submit a final report and media from any previous grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.

Organizations can apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant and will be expected to meet the requirements of the grant.

Students should not submit in their advisor’s name. The individual responsible for carrying out the project should apply and write the application.

More on eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

The current grant cycle closes October 3, 2018.
All applications received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on October 3 will be reviewed and decided upon in February. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed in the following grant cycle.

Applications accepted through October 3.
Decisions in February 2019.

How to apply:

Take the project category quiz:

Process and timelines:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

National Geographic Society
Grant Programs
1145 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.