GAIA’s Two Grant Programs

  • GAIA Foundation and GAIA Charity
  • Charity Grants for FY 2022
  • Our Team

The GAIA Foundation and the GAIA Initiative Charity are one small part of the worldwide effort to bring human population into better balance with our planet’s capacity to support humans and all the other diverse forms of life.


GAIA Charity Grants for FY 2022

In 2022 the GAIA Initiative Charity awarded 25 Grants – each of which is listed below with: 1- the organization name, 2- a brief summary of each project’s purpose, and 3- the project’s nation of impact. These grants represented 98.5% of last years total expense of $226,156 (legal, fees, and overhead were 1.5%).

In the chart below, each grant was assigned to one of six categories according to the primary purpose of the project. However, it should be noted that many projects involved multiple secondary purposes shown in these categories:

  1. International Public Policy in Population/Reproductive Health;
  2. Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) Education;
  3. Teen Media RH/FP Education;
  4. Women’s RH/FP Education;
  5. Cultural Challenge/ Women’s Birth Choice Autonomy;
  6. RH/FP Medical Education.


Our Team

Corporate Leadership, Volunteers and Staffing: 

The corporate organization is led by a talented group of mostly retired professionals with deep commitment to the importance of public policy and concern for the impact of human population on global warming/climate change.

Dan Carrigan, President, with members of the Board, sets policy guidelines for the Grants Review process. Mr Carrigan enjoyed a fifty-year career of leadership in public policy in varied areas: family planning, health care allocation, parents and children family transitions, and end-of-life stage planning.

Zee Berl, Director of Operations, coordinates the administrative activities and the review of grant applications. Ms Berl’s career in conservation was focused on water quality in rivers and streams in the United States; she has served in leadership positions on corporate boards in education and rivers conservation.

We are appreciative of the valuable support and advice received from our volunteer academic policy advisors. Rosemarie Tong is Director Emerita of the Ethics Center at University of North Carolina Charlotte and serves as Chair of the Grants Review Committee. Our paid staff consists of project-based college students and contract administrative assistants.


2023 Foundation GrantsPriority, Duration, Number, Scale, Application Timeline

  • Project grants will involve in-depth policy exploration as set forth in our Funding Priorities.
  • Duration. Major project grants may extend 2 to 4 years.
  • Number. There will be at least five grant awards – but not more than eight.
  • Scale. The funding level of major grants will be from $200 thousand to $1 million. At least 3 grants will be awarded in the upper level of the funding range. Smaller grants will range from $50 thousand.
  • Application Timeline. April 10, 2023 earliest date to submit first step Expression-of-Interest (EOI). The last submission date for completed EOI is June 1, 2023.


For more Information on the GAIA Foundation Endowment Grants:

Grant Funding Priorities – discusses three essential priority components – the problem-set, change-incentives, strategy-for-adoptability – for a project proposal.

Grant Life Cycle – summarizes the Timelines and Due Dates; the Project Deliverables; and the Steps in the Application.

Application Instructions – describes the Project Review sequence, the Steps in the Application and How to Apply for a Grant.


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