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The New Deadline for Our Fall 2018 Cycle is August 1st

Update:  The links are now live! You may begin the application! The deadline remains August 1st. Please contact us at if you have any problems or concerns. 

Greetings from The Leakey Foundation Grants Department

The Leakey Foundation Office, Presidio, San Francisco

If you are considering applying for a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2018 cycle, you are probably aware that we have temporarily removed the links to our online application. We are in the process of migrating our granting software to the cloud. Due to a few delays in the process, we have decided to move our application deadline from July 15 to August 1st. This will give us the opportunity to ‘go live’ with the links sometime in mid-July and then give you sufficient time to apply.

We understand that this may be somewhat of an inconvenience, and we are sorry for this. But this was something that had to happen, as our granting software (GIFTS Classic) will no longer be supported by Microedge/Blackbaud by the end of 2018. We are now moving to GIFTS Online (now called Blackbaud Grantmaking), and this time of the year was the most appropriate time to accomplish this feat.

This move, besides being necessary, will offer our applicants and our current grantees a much-improved interface to both apply for a grant as well as accomplish all the requirements of receiving a grant (sending in reports, blog posts, etc). We hope you will bear with us as we improve our entire granting process.

In the meantime, we suggest that you prepare all the required documents as outlined in the detailed application instructions. None of these requirements will change when the new links go live, and these requirements are the bulk of the work when applying for a grant. Once you are able to log in and apply, you will simply fill out the fields and upload these documents. (There are a few fields that go beyond entering contact information. These are outlined in the instructions and application checklist).  We hope to allow at least two weeks for applicants to apply once the system goes live, and we will certainly work with you if you are in the field or otherwise engaged. Simply send us an email (grants at to let us know about your situation.

Stay tuned. We will give you a specific date for when the system will go live very soon!


Paddy Moore and H. Gregory
Your Leakey Foundation Grants Department

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