National Geographic Grants

About National Geographic:

National Geographic is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society.  They primarily contain articles about science, geography, history, and world culture.

Equity and The Natural World:

Ensuring our planet is healthy is one of the most critical challenges we face today. If left unchecked, our growing footprint on the Earth will leave it uninhabitable for human life. This is why environmental reporting has become more important than ever before.

But some communities are clearly underrepresented in this reporting—and in the environmental movement at large—because of systemic injustice and inequality. They are determined to build on critical work those in the environmental movement and others have done to bend the movement in the direction of justice, toward all voices having equal weight and toward a new, human-oriented focus that is crucial to the long-term health of people and the planet.

They need your help. They want to bring hidden stories to the surface and to understand in rich detail those who have been given far too little consideration in the environmental movement. They want to tell stories that illuminate the policies and actions that have brought our global community to an unprecedented moment on the precipice of planetary climate disaster—and how frontline communities will feel the consequences much more than wealthy ones.

They recognize that they are important for the world to learn from and listen to the collective wisdom of frontline communities around the world.


Examples of potential story angles:

  • Land use issues and access to healthy food
  • Local and Indigenous heroes and the power they bring to protecting the natural world
  • Impacts of environmental degradation and resource extraction on local communities
  • Health impacts of access—or lack of access—to urban green spaces
  • Solutions and ways in which countries with less material wealth are leading in mitigating plastic use or pollution
  • Examining the complex relationships many cultures have with nature
  • Climate-related forces driving people to migrate from their homes
  • Rural communities and their changing connection and access to nature

Projects that benefit local audiences or incorporate local voices are strongly encouraged. Additionally, storytellers with unique access or perspective to/on the proposed project because of their personal identity or experience with the community they propose to work with will have higher likelihood of funding. Applicants MUST have strong track records as storytellers (journalists, photographers, videographers, cartographers, etc.) and demonstrated publication success.


Applicants may request up to $80,000. Budgets of successful proposals will include reasonable, well-justified costs directly required to complete the project. Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page for budgetary guidance. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over the course of one year. All applications should explicitly state the plan for evaluating the impact of the proposed work. Applicants may use a portion of the budget for HEFAT (Hostile Environment and First Aid Training) or other security training, if applicable.

Note: October 2020 is the deadline to submit a proposal for this funding opportunity.

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Name of the Organisation
National Geographic Society
Grant Amount
USD 80,000
Closing date of Proposal
Saturday, 31 October, 2020
RFP Email
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