WCS North America

Climate Adaptation Fund

Climate Adaptation Fund

The Climate Adaptation Fund is pleased to announce the latest round of grantmaking

Read the 2016 Request for Proposals, review the Applicant Guidance Document and submit a completed WCS Pre-proposal Application using our online application form no later than 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, April 8, 2016.

With funding managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $2.5 million in competitive grants in 2016. Grants will be one to two years in length. Awards will be made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale.

New this year, the Fund is expanding its focus and inviting applications for wildlife adaptation projects based in and around urban environments in addition to the adaptation projects we will continue to support in less developed landscapes.

Eligibility: This program provides grants to U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. Grants can be awarded for projects only within the 50 U.S. states and six U.S. territories. 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. Public agencies, tribal governments and universities may partner on proposals submitted by an eligible non-profit conservation organization or work as paid contractors on funded projects. We encourage and expect that many project proposals will emerge from collaborations between the applicant organization and any number of partners from academia, public agencies, and other non-profit organizations
Curious what sort of projects receive support through the Climate Adaptation Fund? Learn more about the program and supported projects here.

Five short films about projects supported by The Fund can be found on Vimeo: Here!  Below, we've shared one of these films about a project lead by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a 2012 recipient of a WCS Climate Adaptation Fund grant.

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition identified headwater reaches of three tributaries in the Madison Valley, Montana-- Ruby Creek, Horse Creek and West Fork-- that are presently too cold to support fish growth, but will be crucial cold-water refuges as temperatures increase. In addition, higher temperatures and more arid conditions will continue to reduce high elevation food sources for grizzly bears, making low elevation habitats and linkages increasingly important. Through restoration work on these tributaries, Greater Yellowstone Coalition has improved nearly 40 miles of headwater stream habitat and provided more secure riparian cover for large species movement in these three key sub-watersheds.

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What We've Learned – a publication highlighting lessons learned from two years of grantmaking through the Climate Adaptation Fund

Recognizing the need to stimulate efforts to achieve conservation goals in light of the daunting impacts of climate change, the Climate Adaptation Fund is supporting applied projects demonstrating effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Following two years of grantmaking in this new conservation arena, we have learned many lessons and have seen positive signs of growth in this rapidly evolving field of climate change adaptation. We have compiled these insights in a new paper that we will continue to build upon in the future. In the meantime, read about What We've Learned thus far.


In 2006, thanks to the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the WCS Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund was launched. Over these past four years, the Opportunities Fund awarded more than $7.2 million for 81 wildlife conservation projects in 46 states, working to restore habitat, protect movement corridors, incorporate wildlife into land-use planning decisions, reintroduce endangered species, and implement priorities of State Wildlife Action Plans. We are proud of the conservation outcomes achieved by all of these projects and grateful for the on-going support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Read more about the history of our grantmaking program from 2006-2010


WCS North America Program
212 South Wallace Avenue, Suite 101 Bozeman, MT, 59715 USA
(406) 522-9333

Key Staff

Darren Long
Progam Director, Climate Adaptation Fund
Kathryn Dunning
Director of Communications and Operations, Climate Adaptation Fund
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