July 14, 2016
Today, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Biomimicry Institute, as part of their Innovative Solutions portfolio of grants. This is the second year that the Institute has received funding support from the Foundation.
The Foundation announced their largest-ever portfolio of environmental grants, awarding $15.6 million to organizations that focus on conservation,defense of indigenous rights, and “innovative grass roots efforts aimed at combating climate change and solving complex environmental issues.”
“Today we are greatly increasing our level of vital grantmaking and strategic partnerships to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges,” said Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Innovative Solutions portfolio awards funds to organizations that are “flexible, forward thinking and creative” and “support[s] innovation at the grassroots level that can be replicated and amplified to bring about new pathways for change.”
“The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a brave funder,” said Biomimicry Institute Executive Director Beth Rattner. “At a time when things are systemically out of whack for the environment, it is hard to know which efforts to support to stop or even reverse the damage. Biomimicry is that guidebook because only nature itself knows how to adapt for a sustainable world. We are immensely grateful for their support for these past two years.”
The Foundation awarded the Biomimicry Institute a $100,000 grant to support our work to catalyze thousands of nature-inspired, sustainable innovations via our Biomimicry Design Challenges and AskNature, the world’s only online database of nature’s design solutions.