Grassroots Fund (Inquiry)

The Brainerd Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon Show all

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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About this funder:



This fund supports groups offering innovative approaches at the grassroots level in geographies or on issues that build on the foundation’s current strategies and goals.

Organizations requesting grassroots support should:

  • Bring community views to conservation issues, democratizing efforts to solve regional environmental problems.
  • Demonstrate leadership, offering innovative approaches at the grassroots level.
  • Collaborate with other organizations, campaigns or coalitions in the region .
  • Operate with an annual budget (typically no more than $250,000) where a small grant can go a long way.

 Typical Grassroots Fund Grantees

  • A small group leading an effort to expand best management practices within a monument and increase support for the monument and its surroundings.
  • A diverse group of landowners, hunters and anglers, businesses, conservationists, scientists and native elders challenging irresponsible energy development in their rural community.

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


  • To be considered for a Brainerd Foundation grant, applicants must be involved in programs that augment regional conservation efforts within the following geographic funding region:
    • Washington
    • Oregon
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • Alaska
    • British Columbia
  • The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or to Canadian organizations deemed equivalent by the foundation.


  • We do not fund projects related to:
    • K-12 school education programs
    • Direct land purchases or easements
    • Structures, capital improvements or campaigns
    • Endowments, debt reduction, or cash flow shortfalls
    • Academic research
    • Books, videos, and television or film projects that are not components of a broader strategy
    • Support or opposition of any candidate for political office.
    • Programs with an exclusive focus on marine conservation
  • We do not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations. 
  • The foundation cannot earmark any portion of its grants for use in lobbying or influencing legislation. The foundation may consider funding projects that include both lobbying and nonlobbying activities if a detailed budget that breaks out lobbying and nonlobbying expenses is provided, so long as the amount of a project grant requested does not exceed the nonlobbying expenses.