Ferguson Foundation Grants

The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

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Next deadline: Aug 17, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jan 15, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $10,000

Fields of work: Natural Resources Wildlife Management Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Museums & Cultural Institutions Native American Culture & Heritage History

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Location of residency: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

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About this funder:




The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, founded in 1987, is a family foundation that supports nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of nature, including wildlife and their required habitats. It also supports the institutions that present nature and our rich cultural heritage to the public.

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


    • Previous grantees may submit a project summary email (see Application Procedures), and organizations selected by the foundation trustee may submit a full proposal.
    • All applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations located in the states of Washington and Alaska meeting the interest areas described on the home page.
      • (As the foundation has historically made grants to groups in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, trustees may occasionally invite proposals from those states, by invitation only.)
    • Community-based projects working to restore habitat and wildlife by activating volunteers and local residents. 
    • Collaborative and coalition-building projects involving a number of organizations working together to share strengths and maximize effectiveness.
    • Cultural and natural history institutions using a community-based approach to explore the history and traditions of the greater Puget Sound area.
    • Projects from Native American communities on issues related to cultural preservation and protection of natural resources.


    • The foundation is particularly interested in supporting the work of marginalized communities and institutions who may have difficulty accessing funding from mainstream sources.


    • The foundation does not make grants to projects focused on research or academic studies.
    • The foundation does not support overhead costs, such as a percentage of a grant paid to universities or sponsoring organizations.