Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund


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The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund (DWCF) was established in 1995 as a global awards program for the study and protection of the world's wildlife and ecosystems.

Funding Interests

The fund has historically supported organizations that concentrate their activities on areas rich in plant and animal life at risk of imminent destruction. The fund supports projects targeting habitat destruction, conflicts between people and animals and lack of space for both.
The fund's interest is in furthering the support of established conservation programs that:

  • Encompass a strong in situ component;
  • Promote education, awareness and training; and
  • Demonstrate a marked benefit to local communities, regional/national NGO's (non government organizations) or governments that directly impact the survival of species and/or habitat preservation.


Geographic Focus


Types of Support

Project, general operating and capacity building expenses are considered.

Grant Size

$0 to $30000

Requirements & Limitations

Proposals must be from or in conjunction with a US 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. The fund encourages partnerships between organizations locally and internationally. Each project is evaluated on specific criteria, including scientific methodologies, magnitude of need, involvement of partner organizations, ability to impact an area in the near-term and elements of public education and community involvement.

Application Process

Applicants should first submit a letter or e-mail of inquiry.
Letters of inquiry should address the following:

  • Project clearly benefits species and habitats of interest to DWCF;
  • Project narrative addresses field initiative, education initiative, and conservation impact;
  • Investigators cooperate with or obtain support from other organizations and/or communities; and
  • Program is designed to be scientifically valid, with goals and objectives clearly defined.


Letters of inquiry are accepted anytime. Invitations for full proposals are issued by the fund annually in December. Full applications are due March 1st and funding is distributed in June.


Emergency funding is also provided in times of environmental or conservation crisis. Each year the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund sets aside money in a Rapid Response Fund to respond to crises. These awards are capped at $5,000 and can be applied for throughout the year. The application form is available on the website.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID
Amount: $
Purpose: The Peregrine Fund believes that raptors can function as monitors of environmental health and that their conservation can create an umbrella of protection for life's diversity. The fund propagates birds of prey for release to the wild. It houses about 200 falcons and condors for breeding. Research is currently underway on nutrition, behavior and many other topics to foster better understand birds of prey and their requirements.<br><br> \ \

Grant 2

Grantee: Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, DC
Amount: $

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. The focus is on new approaches to conservation targeting the accelerating rate of extinction of species, the associated loss of biological diversity, habitat alteration and destruction. Its programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health.

Grant 3

Grantee: American Bird Conservancy
Amount: $

"Bringing Back the Western Bluebird"-Translocating Western Bluebirds to part of its historic range in northwestern Washington and southwestern British Columbia. Creating a "flagship" project for education and local participation to support conservation of the entire biodiversity of the prairie-oak ecosystem.

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