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>The New England Biolabs Foundation ( NEBF ) is a private independent foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places. Established in 1982 by the founder of New England Biolabs, Inc., the Foundation supports grassroots organizations and NGOs in selected countries of Central America, South America and West Africa, as well as locally (the North Shore of Massachusetts). Occasionally, grants are also made to organizations in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.


During 2015 the New England Biolabs Foundation will not be accepting unsolicited applications. In a temporary change to our procedures, we will be considering requests from a limited number of organizations, invited from our pool of current and recent grantees. In parallel, this year we will be undertaking a strategic planning process in order to refine our mission and better serve our grantees. We anticipate returning to an open solicitation process in 2016. We regret that we will be unable to respond to unsolicited requests during this period and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. (23 February 2015)

WE'VE DIVESTED! Our trustees approved the decision to divest from fossil fuels at their December 2014 board meeting, inspired by the leadership and commitment of foundations that have publicly taken this step, including the many signatories of the Divest/Invest pledge ( The momentum is clearly building. We hope that our action will, in turn, inspire other small foundations, and we stand ready to share our experience with others considering the decision to divest from fossil fuels.

¡HEMOS DESINVERTIDO! Nuestros/as fideicomisarios/as aprobaron la decisión de desinvertir en los combustibles fósiles, en la sesión de la Junta Directiva de diciembre de 2014, inspirados/as por el liderazgo y compromiso demostrado por las fundaciones que han públicamente tomado dicho paso, incluso los signatarios de la promesa 'Desinvertir/Invertir' ( El ímpetu va claramente en aumento. Esperamos que nuestra acción, a su vez, inspirará a otras fundaciones pequeñas a que consideren también tomar la decisión de desinvertir en los combustibles fósiles.

> Our maximum international grant size is $10,000 with grants typically ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Local grants range from $1,000-$5,000.

Please bear in mind that NEBF is a small foundation and each year we receive many more applications for support than we can fund.

We encourage you to review carefully our Funding Priorities and Mission Statement in approaching the Foundation for support. The first step in the process is to send a letter of inquiry according to the format posted at NEBF Letter of Inquiry Guidelines. If your inquiry is accepted you will be invited to prepare a full proposal for consideration by the NEBF board during one of its semi-annual grant meetings. Please monitor this website for further updates throughout the year.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jessica Brown, Executive Director

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