Bullitt Foundation Grant Program

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $135,000

Next deadline: Nov 1, 2019 11:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2020 11:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), May 1, 2020 11:59pm PDT (Full proposal), Sep 15, 2020 11:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Washington, Counties in Oregon: Clackamas County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Yamhill County, Counties in Washington: Clark County, King County, Pierce County, Skamania County, Snohomish County Other eligible locations: Canada, Counties in Oregon: Benton County, Clackamas County, Clatsop County, Columbia County Show all

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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The Bullitt Foundation believes that positive environmental impact begins with innovation and partnership. With grant making focused on the Pacific Northwest Emerald Corridor – specifically, the region stretching from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia (bordered by the Cascades on the east) – the Foundation funds projects in these main program areas. 

Regional Ecosystem Health

We will emphasize the links between healthy ecosystems, open space, working lands, and vibrant human communities.

The Regional Ecosystem Health program recognizes that human well-being is dependent on the ecosystem goods and services that nature provides. It addresses issues at the interface of the built environment and the natural world and illuminates the links between healthy ecosystems, open space, working lands, and vibrant human communities. It seeks to advance innovations in regional planning and management of land and water to improve cross-sector coordination and ensure that policy and financial decisions fully account for the value we receive from nature. And, it supports efforts, based on sound science, to restore and protect nature as the basic infrastructure supporting urban resilience and sustainability.

Ecosystem goods and services include more than the raw materials on which our economies and communities are built. They also include the fundamental life support services provided “for free” by nature: purification of air, regulation of water flows, detoxification and decomposition of wastes, regeneration of soil fertility, pollination of food crops, and production and maintenance of biodiversity.

The Regional Ecosystem Health program recognizes that reciprocal financial agreements, market mechanisms, taxes, fees, subsidies, and public education can complement regulation as policy tools. It acknowledges climate change as a major additional stress on ecosystems, and it overlaps substantially and intentionally with the Foundation’s other programs.

Major areas of program engagement include applied urban research and tool development, conservation finance and environmental economics, and ecosystem defense and ecological restoration.

Read more about Regional Ecosystem Health. 

Energy, Climate, and Materials

We will work to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transition from toxic materials to inherently safe ones.

Energy, materials, labor, creativity, and other “factors of production” often can be easily substituted for one another. Insulation can be substituted for natural gas. Sophisticated daylighting can be substituted for electric lights. Electrified transit can be substituted for gasoline. Such choices, when aggregated over time, create the difference between prosperous communities that run on clean energy instead of bleak, inefficient wastelands burdened by toxic pollution.

With more of the world’s population concentrating in dense urban environments, the Energy, Climate & Materials program promotes livable cities conducive to human well-being. A fundamental goal of the Energy, Climate & Materials program is to eliminate the externalized costs that dirty energy and toxic chemicals impose on the natural environment and human health. By reducing the use of fossil fuels it will reduce emissions that cause climate change. By transitioning from toxic materials to inherently safe ones, it will encourage economic growth through technological advancements in materials & chemistry based on sound ecological values.

While many of the technologies essential for creating 21st Century urban sustainability already exist, the catalytic policies, incentives, and mindsets sufficient to ensure that transformation are still nascent. The Emerald Corridor will serve as a laboratory to experiment with bold new approaches. Toward this end, the Energy, Climate & Materials program will focus on Energy and climate, and Green Chemistry, Toxics, and Sustainable Materials. 

Read more about Energy, Climate, and Materials. 

Deep Green Buildings

We will promote huge leaps in the built environment to address the needs and conditions of the 21st century.

Using the Bullitt Center as a touchstone, the Deep Green Buildings program promotes huge leaps—as opposed to incremental shifts—in the built environment. It promotes the construction of commercial and residential buildings that implement designs, materials, and technologies that are most relevant to 21st century needs and conditions, including the impending changes to our region’s climate. Deep Green Buildings emphasizes actual building performance instead of installed measures or attribute checklists. It encourages the development of structures with very long design lives and inherent flexibility to adjust to an uncertain future. It seeks to create broad industry and consumer acceptance of buildings that operate as components in a larger, ecologically resilient and sustainable neighborhood system; are comfortable, productive, healthy, and beautiful; and display the lightest possible environmental footprint. Ultimately, the program works to ensure that the Bullitt Center is the first of many buildings of its kind.

Read more about Deep Green Buildings. 

Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities

We will work to ensure Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, BC metro areas are equitable, resilient, healthy, and beautiful places to live.

The Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities program works at the intersection of human and environmental well-being. Its purpose is to ensure the Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, BC metro regions are equitable, resilient, healthy, and beautiful places to live. It promotes cities and neighborhoods where human-powered transportation is commonplace; public transit is fast and reliable; urban green space is abundant and accessible to all; housing is green and affordable; infrastructure is resilient and resource efficient; healthy food is available; and the sense of community is strong. Equity, inclusion, and diversity are guiding principles for the program.

With every effort to advance these goals, the Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities program seeks to learn from nature. Today, no cities are built around ecological principles or powered by nature’s knowledge, but some practitioners are starting to observe nature, learn how organisms function, and apply these lessons to solve human challenges.

Read more about Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation invites inquiries from nonprofit organizations that are working to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest.
    • Our funding region is defined as the Emerald Corridor, consisting of the urban area west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.
  • To be eligible, US organizations must have a current nonprofit tax status under the Internal Revenue Act. Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) determination letter, or identify themselves as a validly organized and operating municipal corporation, public agency, or Native American tribe.
  • Canadian applicants must have a Canadian Certificate of Incorporation and charity registration documents to be eligible.


  • Within our geographic range, a priority will be placed on projects and initiatives that promote sustainability within the three major metropolitan regions anchored by the cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC.


  • The Bullitt Foundation does not make grants to individuals.
  • The Foundation does not fund: 
    • Capital projects, including equipment, building construction, and land acquisitions.
    • University overhead costs
    • Environmental Education projects
    • Film, documentary, or other one-time projects
  • The Foundation cannot designate any portion of its grants for use in influencing legislation.
    • The Foundation’s general support grants to Section 501(c)(3) public charities may be used to support a grantee’s overall operations, even if the grantee engages in lobbying as part of its programs.
    • Foundation funds may never be used to support or oppose candidates for political office.