David & Lucile Packard Foundation


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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports organizations dependent upon private funding and volunteer leadership that complement government efforts to focus on society's needs and conserve and enhance resources and improve the quality of life in communities, the nation, and the world.

Funding Interests

The foundation focuses in three key programs, one of them includes conservation and science. The Conservation and Science Program is focused on the challenge of sustainability: finding paths for human progress that protect and restore the ecological systems upon which all life depends. The Program supports:

  • Marine Fisheries-The long-term goals of the Marine Fisheries subprogram are effective management of fisheries, an end to overfishing, and the elimination of destructive fishing practices.
  • Oceans and Coasts grantmaking seeks to transform the fisheries and seafood sectors; promote sustainability in coastal systems in three specific geographic regions: the California coast, the Gulf of California, and the Western Pacific; and support scientific activities concentrating on fisheries, coastal systems, and more broadly on sustainability in oceans and coasts;
  • Atmosphere grantmaking seeks to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change through support for energy policy reforms in the United States and China and targeted research;
  • Agriculture- The agriculture subprogram seeks to achieve a 20 percent reduction by 2020 in projected net greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution caused by agriculture in the United States and biofuel production globally.
  • Sustainability Science grantmaking seeks to support activities that foster an integrated approach to the creation of new knowledge about environmental problems that will build capacity in the field and provide a basis for durable solutions.
  • Fellowships for Science and Engineering program supports promising university-based researchers early in their careers.
  • Conservation and Science Other-These directed funds allow for flexibility to address strategic opportunities and priorities identified by program staff.

Geographic Focus

Nationwide with special interests in the Northern California counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.

Types of Support

Applications for general operating support and program support will be considered.

Grant Size

$10000 to $200000

Requirements & Limitations

Grant proposals are accepted only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The foundation does not provide funding for projects that benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.

Application Process

Applicants should first submit a letter of inquiry. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only. Before preparing any letter of inquiry or proposal, applicants should carefully review the guidelines and geographic limitations for the specific area of interest.


Letters of inquiry and proposals are accepted year round.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Sonoran Institute, Tucson, AZ
Amount: $150000
Purpose: For community-led wetland conservation in the Colorado River Delta

Grant 2

Grantee: Alaska Conservation Foundation, Anchorage, AK
Amount: $200000

To support the Alaska Rainforest Campaign and Alaska Coalition in their efforts to protect temperate rainforest and other wildlands in Alaska.

Grant 3

Grantee: California Ocean Science Trust
Amount: $100000

For a requirements assessment for the Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Enterprise information management system

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