Project Funding

The Orangutan Conservancy (OC) actively supports initiatives that advance its mission of supporting wild research, rescue and rehabilitation centers in Borneo and Sumatra, funding conservation science, supporting education programs, and staging the annual Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group Workshops. On an annual cycle, OC considers proposals (typically not exceeding $5,000- $10,000) to fund projects that specifically meet these criteria.

Eligible Proposals:  

  • Emphasis is placed on projects that have an applied value in terms of increasing the general knowledge of the genus Pongo. Examples include veterinary and nutritional care, husbandry, and captive management in rehabilitation centers. Research must not compromise the welfare of individual subjects, or their social partners. Studies that collect data through opportunistic sampling are highly preferred. Elective sedation solely for the purpose of research will not be considered.

Conservation-useful Science: 

  • Field conservation conducted in situ that involves “Direct Action” such as field work, species recovery, veterinary care, and costs associated with maintaining assurance populations.
  •  Research in or ex situ that advances the conservation of wild orangutans or their habitat.
  • Field Conservation Education such as awareness-building through the production of educational materials, outcome-oriented education, and training/capacity building.

Sanctuaries and Rehabilitation Centers: 

  • Requests for operating and capital expenses for in situ sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers that care for orangutans will be considered.

Emergency Appeals: 

  • Unanticipated emergencies directly related to the mission of the Orangutan Conservancy may be eligible for funding. In these cases, the steering committee may vote to respond proactively without receiving a proposal (typically not exceeding $5,000).
  • If you are submitting a proposal that is directly related to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic please fill out the COVID-19 Emergency Funding Application.

Please email all completed proposals to