The Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Packard3Grants in subject areas that include marine fisheries, marine birds, Pacific coastal ecosystems, and climate change

Principal Office: USA


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation aims to partner with innovative people and organizations to improve the lives of children; enable the creative pursuit of science; advance reproductive health; and conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems.

The program area of principal significance in the Terra Viva Grants Directory is Conservation and Science.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Conservation and Science (Climate, Ocean, Land, Science). Grants for Conservation and Science are made to initiatives in the USA and internationally in the following sub-programs:

Ocean — Grants to promote global markets for sustainable seafood; protect seabirds, shorebirds and their habitats; and research to understand the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the ocean.

Climate Change — Grants for climate change focus on policies for low-carbon energy, and on land use in tropical forested regions.

Conservation in Western North America — Grants for conservation in western North American include coastal areas of northwestern Mexico.

Agriculture & Livelihoods — Grants to improve the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers and their communities through projects that aim to decrease environmental degradation.

Science — Grants for research seeking effective and innovative long-term solutions to environmental challenges.

About funding priorities


The Foundation makes grants to charitable, educational, and scientific organizations in the USA and other countries. Most grants range from US$20 thousand to US$500 thousand. A few grants reach multi-million dollars (usually over multiple years).

APPLICATION: Potential applicants should consult Packard’s website for the criteria, guidelines, and restrictions of grant making.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

Packard’s grants in Conservation and Science fund activities in the developing regions indicated below.

Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands

East Asia

Eastern Europe and Russia (i.e., referring to Russia’s Pacific coast)

Latin America and Caribbean



Packard has a grants database that can be searched by program, year, and grant amount.

Some of Packard’s funding for climate change is through the ClimateWorks Foundation.

In addition to making grants, Packard makes program-related investments to support its goals and objectives. This refers to loans, guarantees, social deposits, lines of credit, and equity investments. With rare exceptions, this assistance is available only to organizations that are Foundation grantees.

The program Local Grantmaking makes investments in the counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey — as well as Pueblo, Colorado.

The Foundation posts contact information.

Last Profile Review

June 2021