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The National Geographic Society has been investing in bold people and transformative ideas since we awarded our first grant in 1890.

As the Society enters a strategic planning process — and in recognition of the challenges of conducting fieldwork during the COVID-19 pandemic — we have decided to pause most of our grantmaking opportunities following the October 21 deadline. 

This will give us the opportunity to think strategically about how our grantmaking can create the greatest impact in illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world, in alignment with the Society’s mission and vision.

We look forward to continuing our legacy by funding a diverse community of changemakers from around the world.

Current Opportunities

COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society has launched an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities.



COVID-19 Science Fund

In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19 in order to better understand how this pandemic—or the threat of another—will shape our world for years to come.

Have questions about our grants program?

Contact us via the form below. 


Photograph By Angelica Isa (Top Image)