The Los Angeles-based Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has announced grants totaling $20 million to more than a hundred local and global nonprofit organizations working in the areas of conservation, human rights, and the environment.
The grants include support for wildlife and habitat conservation efforts, the defense of indigenous rights, and innovative grassroots efforts aimed at combating climate change and solving complex environmental issues. Through its Climate Program, the foundation awarded grants totaling more than $3.5 million to a range of organizations, including the Solutions Project, which will provide direct grants to community organizations that are fighting for 100 percent renewable energy across the United States; Re-Volv, which will receive $120,000 in match funding for a crowdsourcing effort aimed at expanding access to affordable solar energy for nonprofits; and Adeso, which is working to mitigate the effects of climate change through mangrove replanting in Somalia.
The foundation's Wildlife and Landscape Conservation Program will award more than $6.3 million in support of organizations working to protect endangered wildlife and environments, including the Lion Recovery Fund, an initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Network, to invest in the most innovative and effective projects across Africa that can recover lions and restore their landscapes; the Leuser Ecosystem Action Fund, which is investing in a range of strategies designed to secure the long-term preservation of the Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra; the Jane Goodall Institute, which will create a conservation action plan for the Malian chimpanzee population; and Sequoia ForestKeeper, which is working to protect and preserve the Giant Sequoia National Monument and ecosystems of the southern Sierra Nevada.
The foundation also awarded grants totaling more than $3.7 million through its Marine Life & Oceans Program; $4 million through its Innovation, Media & Technology Program; $796,000 through its Indigenous Rights Program; and $1.4 million through its California program.
"We are proud to support the work of over a hundred organizations at home and abroad," said actor Leonardo DiCaprio, founder of the organization. "These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests, and endangered species for future generations — and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change."
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