Protecting the Magic of Nature Together
Disney Conservation is committed to saving wildlife and building a global community inspired to protect the magic of nature together. Since 1995, Disney Conservation has directed more than $120 million and the expertise of our dedicated teams to support organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.
The Disney Conservation Fund is focused on saving wildlife for future generations through grants to leading conservation organizations working together to stabilize and increase the populations of at-risk animals including butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, gorillas, monkeys, and sea turtles. A Disney conservationist works with each organization to identify where Disney expertise can also play a role in reversing the decline of these animals and their habitats.
Disney is working with conservation organizations, zoos, and aquariums across California and Florida to restore butterfly habitats and reintroduce threatened species back to the wild. These efforts are helping to recover populations of Atala butterflies, Miami blue butterflies, monarch butterflies, and Schaus’ swallowtail butterflies among several other species.
Saving Sea Turtles
Disney has been helping to monitor, study and protect sea turtles on the beaches outside Disney’s Vero Beach Resort for nearly two decades and recently celebrated the millionth sea turtle hatchling recorded through this conservation effort. Our Disney Team Wildlife Cast Members work alongside respected conservation organizations to ensure a future for Florida sea turtles and work to inspire people to take action to support healthy oceans.
Disney believes in the power within each of us to make a difference for wildlife and wild places. The Disney Conservation Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations and communities working together on comprehensive conservation solutions and recognizes the inspiring heroes dedicated to ensuring a happier, healthier planet for all.
Inspiring Action Conservation Grants
The Disney Conservation Fund supports programs focused on science-based and community-inclusive strategies to ensure a future for wildlife and wild places. Organizations interested in applying for an Inspiring Action Conservation Grant should review eligibility criteria, application information, and associated submission timelines found below.
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Disney Conservation Heroes
Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund recognizes passionate individuals and teams who are working to save wildlife and engage their communities in conservation solutions. Hero nominations are considered from any organization that has previously received a Disney Conservation Fund grant.
Protecting the Planet
The Disney Conservation Fund helps to protect the planet through focused grants that address threats to animals and nature and leverage innovation, collaboration and storytelling to protect and restore natural resources and ecosystems.
Disney is focused on global efforts aimed at restoring imperiled habitats in areas important to our business. From forests in Indonesia, to watersheds in California, and coastal ecosystems in Florida among other projects, our grants are working to create a healthier planet for people, plants and wildlife to call home.
Animal Disaster Response
The Disney Conservation Fund is proud to support the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help carry forward its commitment to helping communities and animals when they need it the most.
Teaming up for Wildlife
Disney is committed to sharing the expertise, talent and dedication of its Cast Members and employees to protect the magic of nature. Disney Conservation Team Wildlife works to inspire conservation actions and collaborates globally to share expertise and drive programs to positively impact wildlife and habitats. Some examples of this work follow.
Protecting the Wildlife that Call Disney Home
Many animals make their homes on Disney properties around the world. Disney Conservation Team Wildlife works with organizations to study and support local wildlife populations. These efforts include everything from supporting pollinator habitats at Disney solar arrays, to participating in species population surveys in dedicated conservation areas and ensuring housing for nesting purple martin birds that migrate every year between the U.S. and Brazil.
Restoring and Rescuing Coral Reefs
Disney Conservation Team Wildlife scientists have been supporting local and international programs aimed at supporting the rescue, care and restoration of threatened coral reefs. Our teams are currently working on long-term strategies to restore reefs in Florida and The Bahamas, growing and eventually replanting corals resilient to the effects of threats like disease and climate change.
in conservation support since 1995
species protected across half the countries in the world
acres protected globally: equal to 10,000 Walt Disney World Resorts
Disney Conservation Heroes recognized
conservation organizations supported
Over 25 years of Conservation Efforts
The Disney Conservation Fund celebrates its 25th anniversary and $100m milestone in giving!
During the release of The Lion King, Disney collaborates with the Lion Recovery Fund to inspire audiences to help double the population of lions by 2050.
Disneynature releases its first film, Earth, launching a commitment to contribute to conservation through the Disney Conservation Fund in honor of each person that watches the film in the first week of its release. Earth funds the planting of 3 million trees in Brazil through The Nature Conservancy, and the commitment is carried on to all future Disneynature films.
$10 million milestone in support for wildlife and wild places reached! To commemorate this milestone, Disney’s Bob Iger honors John Cleese, Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton, Dame Dr. Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai and Isabella Rossellini for their commitment to conservation.
Our first Conservation Heroes are honored for their passion and dedication to supporting the success of conservation projects in their communities around the world.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens, where guests can join Disney in supporting conservation by adding a contribution to their purchase at shops.
Recognizing the urgency to protect rapidly vanishing wildlife and habitats, the Disney Conservation Fund is created and hits the ground running. Grants are awarded to 39 projects, providing support to respected conservation organizations already at the forefront of critical conservation efforts.
Conservation Funding Opportunities
Annual Conservation Grants
In 2023, the Disney Conservation Fund is offering a streamlined opportunity for eligible organizations to apply for a two-year conservation grant of $100,000 to advance community-based efforts that protect biodiversity and restore habitats. Applications are due on November 1, 2022.
This will be our only open call for conservation funding proposals in 2023 and our standard Inspiring Action two-year grant program and Conservation Heroes program will be paused. We will share additional information about future Disney Conservation Fund grant opportunities in Fall 2023.
Conservation Hero Awards
Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund recognizes passionate individuals and teams who are working to save animals and engage their communities in conservation solutions. Nominations are considered once per year, and any organization that has previously received a Disney Conservation Fund grant is eligible to nominate a Disney Conservation Hero. For more information or to be added to an invitation list to receive instructions to nominate a Hero during the next cycle, contact Corp.Conservation@Disney.com.
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