Protecting endangered culture and nature

Arcadia is a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing. It supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. Arcadia also supports projects that promote open access and all of its awards are granted on the condition that any materials produced are made available for free online. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded more than $440 million to projects around the world.

Preserving endangered culture

Our cultural grants to museums, archives and universities preserve at risk cultural heritage. We support digital documentation of near-extinct languages, endangered historical archives and artefacts,  and endangered cultural practices. We enable free, online, open access to all these materials.

Preserving endangered nature

Our environmental grants preserve endangered habitats and make research on these places available to all. We support protection of tracts of land and sea, train conservation practitioners and support advocacy, policy development and research.


Our open access grants work to make research, publications, legal and other materials freely available to all via the internet. We support open access advocacy and open access repositories. For further information click here.


Discontinued themes

Prior to 2009 we funded other themes including human rights, promotion of philanthropy and education.