Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund supports one to two-year projects that implement science-driven, on-the-ground actions that assist wildlife and ecosystems to adapt to climate change at a landscape scale. The mission of the Fund is to "increase the pace and scale of climate adaptation for wildlife and ecosystems and the people that value and depend on them." WCS provides a total of $2.5 million in grant awards between $50,000 and $250,000 to conservation non-profit organizations each year.

Awards are made to non-profit conservation organizations for applied projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions in order to support wildlife adaptation to climate change at a landscape scale. The Fund supports projects that anticipate and respond to potential or observed climate change impacts in order to maximize long-term conservation success. Eligible projects will manage for outcomes that sustain dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, as opposed to single-species or historical conditions that may not be possible in an altered climate.

For example:

  • Projects that demonstrate applied management responses for wildlife adaptation in terrestrial, freshwater, or estuarine systems, including efforts to enhance the resilience of climate-impacted habitats or facilitate their transition to a different yet functional ecological state.
  • Projects to enhance or sustain the adaptive capacity of ecosystems, landscape functionality, and critical biological processes in the face of climate change.
  • Projects that restore and sustain core habitat or create connectivity for fish and wildlife in order to achieve explicit climate adaptation goals.
  • Pilot projects to exhibit successful on-the-ground actions for climate adaptation that can be replicated across a landscape.

The following are some of the projects supported by the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund in 2020:

National Wildlife Federation (WCS Grant Award: $236,330; Project Budget: $475,859) Installing Resilient Urban Native Landscapes in South Texas to Support Pollinator and Bird Species Adaptation to Climate Change

Borderlands Restoration Network (WCS Grant Award: $244,783; Project Budget: $490,183) Migratory Wildlife Corridor Restoration Along the Path of the Jaguar

Piikani Lodge Health Institute (WCS Grant Award: $246,000; Project Budget: $500,000) Promoting Native Grassland Biodiversity and Riparian Health on Amskapi Piikani Lands  

Practical Farmers of Iowa (WCS Grant Award: $250,000; Project Budget: $520,128) Accelerating the adoption of climate-ready pollinator habitat in the Driftless Area of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin


The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide - through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.


Publication Date: 2017

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