The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) made history as it announced that it is awarding a total of $15.6 million in grants to animal welfare and environmental causes.
The grants will be split among various types of organisations, including those involved in wildlife and habitat conservation, ocean conservation, indigenous rights protection, technology and innovative solutions, as well as climate change. Upon announcement of these grants, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has now provided more than $59 million in support of such projects since 1998.
“Today we are greatly increasing our level of vital grant making and strategic partnerships to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges,” said DiCaprio.
“Leo and his foundation have been an invaluable voice in the environmental movement for many years,” said new CEO Terry Tamminen. “I am proud to join them in the fight for the defense of our natural world and the protection of every living creature on Earth. I look forward to working with Leo and the LDF team as we expand the impact of the foundation in the years to come.”
More than 70 environmental projects across over 40 countries and five oceans are supported by the LDF.
This story first appeared on World Animal News.