selected Recent Grants


Below is a sampling of programs that the Foundation has supported in recent years.  This list does not include all of the Foundation’s current or historic grants.

Asia - Tigers

Wildlife Conservation Society

Tiger Programs

The Foundation has been a long-time lead donor for research, monitoring, anti-poaching and human-wildlife conflict work in six major tiger range countries -- China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia and Thailand.   We have issued a three-year, $1.2 million Challenge Grant to encourage new individual and foundation support for this critically endangered species.

Sub Saharan Africa

African Conservation Centre

Amboseli Conservation Program, Kenya

LCAOF has supported long-term ecological research & monitoring of the Amboseli ecosystem to understand changes in the human and natural landscapes and inform local land use planning.  With all communities in Kenya mandated to complete land use plans, this kind of ecological information will be an essential component to ensure the needs of both people and wildlife are met.  

EAGLE Network

Conservation Justice, Gabon

Even as poaching pressures have declined in some countries, the threat remains high in certain Central African countries. This grant supports investigation of the illegal wildlife trade and support for apprehension and prosecution of wildlife traffickers in Gabon.

Kenya Wildlife Trust

National Lion & Predator Survey, Kenya

In collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, many NGOs are working together to complete the country’s first national Lion and Predator Survey.  Determining the population and distribution of lions will underpin the Kenya Government’s new National Lion Strategy.

PAMS Foundation

Ruvuma Elephant Project, Tanzania

PAMS works in one of Africa’s largest but most challenging wilderness regions, southern Tanzania’s Selous-Niassa transboundary landscape.  Efforts focus primarily on working with local communities to encourage active support for wildlife and cooperation with anti-poaching efforts that destabilize the area and undermine local livelihoods.

The Nature Conservancy

Community Conservation of Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, Tanzania

As part of the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Trust Initiative (NTRI), a group of NGOs are supporting community-based management of a strategically important Wildlife Management Area just across the Kenya border from Amboseli National Park.  The goal is to make Enduiment a financially self-sustaining and ecologically sustainable WMA by 2022.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Protecting Elephants & Elephant Corridors, Tanzania

This long-term program focuses on protecting one of East Africa’s largest populations of elephants in Tarangire National Park, and securing historic migration corridors north and east of the Park to allow wildlife to move across the landscape without disrupting local communities.  

Wildlife Conservation Society

Safeguarding Wildlife across the Ndoki-Likouala Region, Republic of Congo

This project aims to conserve populations of elephant, great ape, and other species in the Lac Tele Community Reserve and surrounding forestry concessions through the reduction of illegal hunting and trafficking of wildlife products. These community lands are underlain by one of the world’s largest wetlands/peatlands and host the highest known densities of gorillas in the world.

Central & South America

Wildlife Conservation Society

Coast of Patagonia & Southwest Atlantic, Argentina

This long-term program works with federal and provincial agencies to research the extraordinary biodiversity of the Patagonia coast and ensure its protection through establishment of new coastal- and marine-based protected areas, improved management and promotion of sustainable fisheries.


University of Antananarivo School of Agronomy

Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, Southwest Madagascar

One of the Foundation’s longest-running programs, this reserve is a leader in working with local communities to protect highly threatened natural forests and endemic wildlife species while supporting sustainable livelihoods.  Research and lessons learned here are now being applied more broadly to inform conservation more broadly across the arid southwestern part of Madagascar.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Vohidava-Betsimilaho New Protected Area, Southern Madagascar

The Mandrare River Valley supports pristine spiny thicket and gallery forest and is home to an extraordinary diversity of threatened flora and fauna, but is also threatened by lack of government oversight and deep poverty. The project is designed to support local people to protect and sustainably manage their community lands for the benefit of both themselves and the native endemic species.

The Peregrine Fund

Bemanevika and Mahimborondro Protected Areas, Northern Madagascar

TPF’s program in Madagascar has been to develop and implement management plans, engage local communities in conservation action, and conduct scientific research that would inform management development and lead to better protection in several Northeast Forest Landscape’s protected areas .  This project will continue with these efforts in these two additional sites in the Northeast Forest Landscape.

Wildlife Conservation Society

MamaBay Landscape, Northeast Madagascar

This three-year project focuses on preventing forest loss and unsustainable resource use through community conservation incentives. This region is home to Madagascar’s largest tract of pristine rainforest and more than half of its species, including 22 endemic lemur species.

Transboundary Rockies

The Rocky Mountains along the U.S.-Canadian border support the most intact native plant and animal communities in North America. For many years, LCAOF has supported a core group of NGOs, primarily based in Montana. These grants cover a wide range of activities including wilderness advocacy, watershed protection, forest planning, community-engagement, land conservation, and environmental education.  Here is a sample of the organizations we currently fund in the North American Rockies:

Community-based Conservation:  The Foundation supports selected community-based groups including the Clark Fork Coalition, Yaak Valley Forest Council, Great Burn Study Group and Swan Valley Connections. These NGOS engage local citizens to restore and improve wildlife habitat, collaborate with forest stakeholders, and educate policy makers and local people about the sustainable use of natural resources.  

Public Land Protection:  LCAOF supports the designation and responsible management of public lands and wilderness areas that support both wildlife, recreation and a growing economy.   We support the Montana Wilderness Association, The Wilderness Society and other NGOs to bring good science and citizen input to the discussions about the importance of public lands in this region.  

Civic Engagement:  82% of Montana citizens consider themselves ‘conservationists’, a testament to the value they place on the region’s open lands, clean water and abundant wildlife.  We help grassroots organizations like the Northern Plains Resource Council, and Montana Engagement Partnership identify and engage local people to make sure their views are fully considered as policies are debated that affect the region’s lands, waters and natural resources.  

Wildlife Connectivity:  Maintaining the ability of wildlife species, from elk herds to grizzly bears and wolverines, to move across the landscape is key to their long-term survival.  The Foundation supports University researchers to identify the most important wildlife corridors between public lands on both sides of the US-Canada border. We have supported the National Wildlife Federation to retire marginal grazing leases and land trusts to secure easements on key parcels of particular importance to wildlife.