Meg and Bert Raynes Wildife Fund Grant

Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund


Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Teton County, Wyoming Other eligible locations: Wyoming

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Meg and Bert Raynes Wildife Fund

Pondering the proposition that if people knew more about the lives and needs of the wildlife about them, they could---IF THEY WOULD be more generous toward and caring about their wild companions. Meg and Bert Raynes conclude they just might. It's the hope of all education. Meg and Bert have always shared what facts they learned by watching and reading (mostly birds to be sure) as they could. The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund hopes to continue and expand that purpose, and that hope into the future.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund is to initiate, augment, or simply fund projects or activities to help maintain viable and sustainable wildlife populations into the future, especially in Wyoming and Jackson Hole, through support of research, education, habitat protection and habitat restoration.

Directives to fulfill the Mission Statement (in Bert’s words):

  • The MBRWF shall act alone or join with other organizations or individuals, or have organizations join it where appropriate.
  • The MBRWF shall underwrite projects or activities that have local impact on either Jackson Hole or Wyoming.
  • Projects or activities should focus on wildlife populations with an emphasis on non-game animals and native plants.
  • Projects or activities should preferably have a research or scientific foundation—this can be either original research or building on the research done by others.
    • Research must be published or otherwise made available to the public.
  • Projects or activities should have a focus that will result in action, not just studies.
    • If there is an educational component, the focus should be on adult students.
  • Whenever possible efforts should be made to leverage the impact of these projects or activities through collaboration with other organizations or individuals who share common objectives.
  • The goal is to establish a sustainable fund that will have a positive long-term impact.

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

Eligibility:

  • All projects must have stated goals and objectives that can be measured and evaluated when the project is completed.
  • Grant monies must be used directly on the project described in the application.
  • The MBRWF is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The MBRWF will consider co-sponsoring joint venture funding efforts with other organizations that share common objectives.

Preferences:

  • The MBRWF prefers projects that can be completed in one year, although multi-year projects will be considered for continuous funding. 
  • The MBRWF prefers projects that are supported locally and judged to be important by the MBRWF Board of Directors and the people who live and work in Jackson Hole.
  • The MBRWF prefers to be the direct sponsor.
    • In the event that a project is funded through a non-profit conduit, the MBRWF would require a copy of the verification letter from the IRS confirming 501(c)(3) status and a letter indicating that the conduit organization agrees to accept the funds without any additional costs or overhead.
    • Both documents must be attached to the grant application.

Ineligibility:

  • No existing project will be re-funded until the MBRWF has received a progress report of the project’s previous year’s results. 
  • The MBRWF will not fund the endowment of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or programs related to Political Actions Committees (PACs) or political campaigns.


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