Funding Opportunity for Freshwater Conservation Projects

The National Geographic Society is currently accepting proposals for a funding opportunity focused on Freshwater Conservation funding. This initiative aims to address the critical issue of water scarcity by supporting on-the-ground, community-led conservation projects that provide impactful solutions.

Freshwater is vital for the health of our planet and its ecosystems. It plays a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity, is closely linked to climate change, and is essential for human survival, including drinking water, agriculture, and livestock.

To visualize areas of global water gaps, the Society’s World Freshwater Initiative has developed the World Water Map. These maps highlight regions where human demand for freshwater exceeds renewable supplies, leading to depletion of resources and the risk of water scarcity.

The Request for Proposals (RfP) seeks to fund projects that shed light on the real-life stories of water scarcity. Priority will be given to projects located in the 20 identified Hotspots, where historically the Society has funded fewer initiatives. These Hotspots include various regions in Europe, Western Asia, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America, and Africa.

Applicants are encouraged to propose conservation projects in areas underlined in the list, as these locations have received less funding in the past. The grants are highly competitive, and only select projects will be chosen for funding.

If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please visit the National Geographic Society’s website for more information and submit your pre-application by March 25, 2024, 11:59pm EDT.

Together, we can make a difference in freshwater conservation and address the challenges of water scarcity through innovative and impactful solutions.

Source: National Geographic Society – Freshwater Conservation Funding Opportunity

Hotspot Locations:These grants are highly competitive and reserved for select projects located in one of the 20 Hotspots below. Priority will be given to applicants proposing projects in the areas that are underlined in the list, where historically the Society has funded fewer projects.

Europe and Western Asia
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain


Central and South Thailand
Ganges/Brahmaputra river basins, India/Bangladesh
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Indus River Basin, Pakistan
Java, Indonesia
Murray-Darling Basin, Australia
North China Plain

Latin America
Central Chile
Coastal Peru
Mexico (various locations)

Northern North America
Central Valley, California
US High Plains (Ogallala Aquifer)

Nile River Delta, Egypt
White Nile, Sudan

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