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Environment Program: Western Conservation Grants

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

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

Location of project: Canada, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado Expand all

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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Since 1969, the Hewlett Foundation has been dedicated to preserving the vast open spaces of the West as unspoiled landscapes where wildlife thrives, communities flourish, and ranchers maintain their history of stewardship.

Over the decades, mining, drilling, clear-cutting and expanding population have taken a harsh toll on the natural beauty, critical water sources and local habitats. Today, we makes a wide range of grants to protect the extraordinary natural resources of the Western United States and Canada, and back efforts to build broad public support and empower citizens who care about the conservation of land, water and air in the West.


Land: Conserve 300 million acres by 2035. We fund organizations that work to protect and connect roadless areas and wildlife habitat, and ensure that public and private lands are managed effectively to support both conservation and sustainable human use.

Water: Improve 8,000 river miles by 2035. Water is the most sought-after and fought-over resource in the West. We make grants to ensure that water resources are used responsibly and support organizations that work to increase the flow of water in rivers throughout the West and preserve surrounding riverbanks.

Energy: Reduce the development of fossil fuels on 85 million acres by 2035. We support organizations that work on promoting clean fuel extraction and distribution, and increasing renewable energy sources.

Read the Western Conservation Strategy for complete priorities. 

Our Approach

  • The vast majority of the grants we make are to organizations that work on policy development because we think policy change provides the greatest opportunity to reach our goals.
  • We pursue our strategies with focus on engaging the people and organizations most needed to achieve our goals. An important aspect of this approach is building a broad base of support among those not traditionally involved in environmental protection
  • We are outcome focused and whenever possible use quantitative metrics to track progress toward goals
  • Our western conservation grantmaking embraces the region west of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada, and includes Alaska, but not Hawaii.
  • When there is a high degree of alignment between our goals and those of a grantee, we often will provide general operating support rather than project support.
  • In some cases, we provide support to develop the organizational health and efficiency of our grantees.

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


  • The project must support efforts that protect and improve the ecological integrity of the North American West in twelve U.S. states and three Canadian provinces:
    • Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon.


  • We do not make grants to fund:
    • Individuals
    • Scholarships
    • Capital campaigns
    • Endowments
    • Building construction
    • Environmental education
    • Forest monitoring
    • Sustainable forestry projects
    • Wildfire management
    • Land acquisition
    • Conservation easements
    • Habitat restoration
    • Watershed restoration
    • Stream and riverbank restoration
    • Marine conservation
    • Renewable energy equipment purchases
    • Books (writing or publication)
    • Films and videos (production or distribution)
    • IRS-defined lobbying activities, which is prohibited by federal law
  • We do not make grants to fund:
    • Environmental education and production of educational materials
    • Marine conservation
    • Capital projects
    • Habitat restoration

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