We seek to fund sustainable and potentially scalable projects to reduce ocean plastic pollution that are closely aligned with one or both of the following goals:
Geographic priorities include known hot spots that contribute most to the ocean plastic pollution problem (e.g., coastal cities in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam; and the watersheds of the Yangtze, Indus, Yellow, Hai, Nile, Ganges, Pearl, Amur, Niger, and Mekong rivers) or which fill key gaps in geography (e.g., major river basins and coastal cities in Africa).
We are particularly interested in proposals that generate one or more of the following outputs:
This opportunity is open to conservationists, educators, researchers, storytellers, and technologists. Typical proposals funded under this RFP request $25,000-$50,000; however, applicants may request up to $100,000. Proposals will be evaluated based on alignment to the focus of this RFP, expected impact, and cost-effectiveness. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members, excluding government officials. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance.) Up to 15 percent can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000). All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about the topic and a plan for evaluating the outcomes of the proposed work. Preference will be given to applicants who are citizens or residents of the country where the work will be conducted. When applying for this RFP, please select “Changing Planet” in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application.
This RFP does not provide funding for beach cleanups; end-of-life plastic recycling, valorization, or reuse; commercializing waste management technologies; or the development of plastic alternatives.
Applicants must complete the National Geographic Society grant application form and comply with all applicable requirements to be eligible for consideration. Approval of projects to take place in China is contingent upon the National Geographic Society receiving authorization from the Chinese government to fund such projects.
Please read and verify that you meet National Geographic's Eligibility Requirements before beginning your application.