OCCF: Henry W. & Ellen R Warne Family Endowment Fund Grant

Orange County Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 13, 2019 4:30pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Orange County, California

Location of residency: United States

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The Henry W. & Ellen R Warne Family Endowment Fund was founded at the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) as a permanent endowment that reflects the Warne Family’s commitment to protecting and promoting the protection of endangered species. Orange County’s endangered species and their ecosystems face significant ecological threats, which include increased population and housing development, habitat fragmentation/destruction, climate change, and recreational impacts.

Needs, Priorities, and Opportunities 

Orange County is home to over 30 endangered species and encompasses many ecosystems (e.g., coastal sage scrub [CSS] and embayments, estuaries, and lagoons [EEL]) that are critical to the survival of these species. In the face of threats to endangered species and their ecosystems in Orange County, including increased housing development, habitat fragmentation, climate change, and recreational impacts (e.g., off-road vehicles, fishing, and trail use), there is a need for comprehensive land use planning, active restoration, and direct management to support endangered species conservation in the region. 

Priorities for endangered species conservation in Orange County include funding opportunities and projects that support endangered species protection and conservation, determining the effectiveness of ecoregional approaches with the potential for multi-species benefits, and seeking to make linkages to and build upon the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) endangered species strategies identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 (SWAP 2015). Focusing on CSS and EEL provides opportunities for the Fund to promote the protection of diverse ecosystems that support multiple endangered and threatened species, in addition to addressing critical land-sea connection issues. 

This call for proposals seeks applications from qualified non-profit organizations, or groups of organizations, which focus on one or more of the following goals:

  • Improve health and resilience of critical coastal endangered species ecosystems
  • Sustain or increase coastal endangered species populations
Goal 1: Improve health and resilience of critical coastal endangered species ecosystems 

Outcomes in the CSS ecosystems and EEL ecoregion under this goal include increased leveraged funds for habitat improvement, increased capacity for climate adaptation planning, increased acres of connected endangered species habitat through acquisition and/or restoration, and increased new acres of endangered species habitat secured. 

Goal 2: Sustain or increase coastal endangered species populations 

Outcomes in the CSS ecosystem and EEL ecoregion under this goal include stronger partnerships with key multi-sectoral organizations to support adaptive management and science-based decision-making and increased endangered species populations in new and existing habitats.

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  • Eligible applicants must be nonprofit public benefit corporations exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Codes, because they are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and have been in existence for at least four years.
  • Applicants must operate without illegal discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
  • If you are a previous or current OCCF grantee, all reporting requirements must be current or your organization will not be considered for funding.
  • Applicants must have an approved profile on Nonprofit Central
  • Grant funds may be used for:
    • Implementation of a new project
    • Continuation or expansion of a project, if able to document history of compelling, quantified impact
    • Personnel, facility, supplies, equipment, and other direct expenses essential to the project
    • Community outreach/publicity to targeted clients 
    • Staff or volunteer training
    • Indirect costs, but an explanation must be provided justifying the need


  • Grant funds may not be used for*:
    • Programs outside of Orange County
    • Lobbying
    • Annual fund drives
    • Underwriting or sponsoring social or special events
    • Telethons, or similar fund-raising activities
    • Debt retirement or budget deficits
    • Academic or scientific research projects
    • More than 25% of organization annual budget
    • Endowment campaigns
    • *These are guidelines and are true in most grant-making situations. However, OCCF will make exceptions when appropriate and after discussion with the applicant organization.