David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Organizational profile:

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David Packard. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works with partners around the world for social, cultural, and environmental change designed to improve the lives of children, families, and communities.

The Foundation utilizes Grants and Mission Investments to help partners achieve their impact. While grantmaking is the Foundation’s primary tool for advancing its mission, Mission Investing can help organizations that are driving social and environmental change seize time-sensitive and higher-risk opportunities, tackle large-scale projects, attract new sources of capital, and scale efforts for maximum impact.

Protecting and restoring the natural world is one of the Packard Foundation’s main priorities, and it does so by championing bold climate solutions, an ocean that sustains us, and scientific innovation and discovery to secure the health and future of people and the planet. Building upon years of exploratory grantmaking, research, and engagement with local communities, the Foundation is exploring solutions that balance agricultural economic opportunities with environmental sustainability through the Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation strategy. Together with partners at the Climate and Land Use Alliance and other donors, the Foundation is supporting a unique philanthropic initiative called “Forests, People, Climate” that partners with funders and civil society organizations to end and reverse tropical deforestation while delivering on sustainable development. 

Financing Instrument: Grants, Loans, Equity

Project scale: Forest related grants have ranged from US$ 62,500 to US$ 3,575,000.

Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global

Recipient categories: NGOs/NPOs

Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt charitable organizations. The Packard Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Lobbying and activities to influence specific legislation
  • Conference fees and tuition assistance
  • Religious organizations
  • Individuals

Application guidelines: 

The Packard Foundation welcomes ideas for funding requests. Please review their existing strategies and, if your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, send a short description to the relevant Program Officer and Program Associate or send the description using the form at  https://www.packard.org/grants-and-investments/for-grantseekers/grant-in.... Please do not send a full proposal until requested by the Program Officer. 

Last updated: 31 August 2023

Publication Date
Thursday, 01 April 2021
Applicable location
Climate change
Forest conservation and management
Biodiversity conservation
Sustainable land use
Financing opportunities