Place-based Conservation Grants

The Brainerd Foundation

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Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, 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:



Note: The Brainerd Foundation will sunset in 2020.

There is a powerful connection between people and the critical landscapes that nourish the Northwest’s ecosystems and communities. All of our investments in this program serve the larger goal of engaging citizens and communicating their conservation interests to decision-makers.

Priorities for funding are grounded in the science of conservation biology, as well as the social and political sciences. These grants address the pressing challenge of maintaining ecological viability of our regional landscapes.

Focus areas Our three priority landscapes

Central Oregon - Resting at the crossroads between the Rockies and the Cascades, connecting forested and shrub-steppe ecosystems. This fast-growing region is home to a diverse and active population with increasing influence on statewide policies.

Crown of the Continent - A key north-south wildlife corridor stretching from the Canadian Central Rockies to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The landscape ranges from rolling prairies to steep mountain walls to wide glaciated valleys.

The High Divide - A rare east-west linkage zone between the Yellowstone and Salmon-Selway ecoregions, spanning low elevation wetlands and high alpine terrain. This region is tremendously important to the continued viability of many species and faces increasing pressures from irresponsible development.

Measures of Success

By the time the foundation sunsets in 2020, we aim to see:

  • Conservation groups with improved credibility among community and policy leaders.
  • An increased diversity of voices within the conservation advocacy community.
  • Effective engagement of community stakeholders.
  • Protection of key landscapes guided by a lens of conservation biology.
  • Concrete steps toward development, adoption, implementation, enforcement, and defense of conservation policies at the local, state, or federal level.

Typical Place Based Conservation Grants

  • Community and stakeholder organizations.
  • Issue-based organizations leading collaborative efforts on strategic policy priorities.
  • State, regional, or national groups promoting effective stewardship and policies in one or more of the program's priority landscapes.
  • Service providers that can bolster the effectiveness of place-based grantees.

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.