Park Foundation Grants: Media, Environment, & Animal Welfare

Park Foundation, Inc.

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 5, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 29, 2019, Jul 12, 2019, Sep 21, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The Park Foundation was formed in 1966. Its original focus was on education and grant-making in communities where Park Communications had interests. When he died in 1993, Mr. Park bequeathed more than 70 percent of his holdings to the Foundation.

The Foundation is dedicated to the aid and support of education, public broadcasting, environment, and other selected areas of interest to the Park family. Scholarship programs have been established in Mr. Park’s name at the two institutions with which he was so close — Ithaca College and North Carolina State University. The two scholarship programs emphasize academic excellence, leadership, and community service — in keeping with Mr. Park’s values. Public broadcasting is a particularly meaningful recipient of funding because the Foundation had its origin in the world of communications. More recently, the Foundation’s interest in environmental causes has been refined to focus on issues of freshwater, particularly in the eastern United States.

Program Interests (Regional/National)

Environment: The Foundation supports efforts that work to ensure drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public necessity. It is willing to consider diverse approaches that raise awareness and offer solutions to drinking water concerns, including, but not limited to, policy development, advocacy, organizing, and media activities.

  • Water As A Public Necessity supports efforts that empower communities to exercise their rights to protect local drinking water resources. It also supports large-scale efforts to reduce bottled water consumption through raising awareness of the costs and implications of bottled water use, including concerns related to the privatization of water supplies. Funding is available for programs that operate nationally or regionally in the eastern United States, with limited support for state level projects.
  • Public Policy is focused on efforts to advocate for strong and enforced water policies and increased public investment in sustainable water infrastructure at state and federal levels. Support is primarily targeted to organizations with national policy agendas and New York and North Carolina programs. The Foundation has developed a specific policy interest in addressing concerns about hydraulic fracturing and gas drilling activities proposed for New York State.
  • Freshwater Media supports media and investigative reporting outlets that raise awareness of drinking water issues through independent reporting, with coverage that focuses on availability, quality and accessibility. Stories may be national in scope, but funding is generally targeted to coverage of specific issues in the eastern U.S.
  • Corporate Responsibility includes support for investor activism and advocacy efforts that identify and publicize corporate responsibilities and liability risks related to water use and impairment. Funding is available for programs that operate nationally.

Additional grants are made by the Foundation that cover a wide variety of environmental issues, but with special concentration on environmental issues in North Carolina, environmental health concerns, and training and capacity building opportunities for environmental organizations. These grants are made at the Foundation's initiative.

Animal Welfare

The Foundation supports nationally-significant efforts to ensure the humane treatment, care and well-being of domestic animals and the protection and conservation of endangered wildlife and wildlife in captivity in the U.S. The program supports innovative, comprehensive, solution-oriented models that lead to systemic change, reduce suffering, and foster a more compassionate society.

  • Domestic Animals support national efforts to reduce the number of homeless companion animals through the development of model high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services and corresponding public education initiatives. The Foundation also supports public education and advocacy efforts to eradicate animal fighting practices.
  • Wildlife supports nationally-significant efforts to advance the protection and conservation of wildlife with an emphasis on policy and advocacy work related to threatened and endangered species. Another specific area of interest is the lifelong care of primates rescued from research laboratories, entertainment and/or the pet trade.

Grants made to select animal shelters and wildlife rescue organizations in specific geographic regions are at the Foundation's initiative.

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  • Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


  • Requests for funding for documentary projects related to civil society and democracy, environment and animal welfare greatly exceed available resources and preference is given to projects with wide distribution and community engagement. 


  • The Foundation will not provide funding that would make it the sole or primary funder to an organization and will not replace governmental support.
  •  The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction.
  • The Environment Program does not directly support single river or watershed programs.

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