Institutional Grants: Sustainable Resource Management

Tinker Foundation

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Next deadline: Jul 31, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Sep 23, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 31, 2021 8:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Mar 18, 2021 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $100,000

Fields of work: Environmental Economics Ecotourism Freshwater Conservation Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology Forestry Fisheries Water Resource Management Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Caribbean, Central America, South America

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



Tinker Foundation

For more than sixty years, the Tinker Foundation has promoted economic and social development in Latin America by supporting “people, projects, and ideas.”

Tinker realizes its mission by providing funding to civil society organizations – among them nonprofit entities, research institutes, and universities – working to address the region’s most pressing challenges. The organizations we support use Tinker resources to test promising ideas, extend the impact of proven models, and bring together stakeholders to solve problems in new ways.

As one of a small number of private foundations focused on the entire region, we believe Tinker has a particular responsibility and opportunity to support the exchange of knowledge and approaches within and beyond Latin America. For that reason, we encourage comparative and collaborative work, and support grantees to learn from others’ experiences.

Institutional Grants

The Foundation’s Institutional Grants program seeks to support changes to policy and practice that improve the lives of Latin Americans. The Foundation’s funding encompasses three program areas in which research, innovation, scaling of proven models, and exchange of ideas have the potential to make significant, positive impact.

Sustainable Resource Management

The Tinker Foundation’s work on the environment is focused on efforts that support sustainable management of habitat and resources and incorporate social and economic dimensions affecting the well-being of local communities. Projects will address these challenges at multiple levels ranging from engaging with policy makers, to capacity building, and standards development and implementation. Funding is available for projects that address one of the following key themes:

Promoting Sustainable Management Practices

Projects should address the crucial links between effective resource management and communities that use them and seek to ensure that economic returns resulting from improved management policies benefit local populations. Potential strategies include assessing and establishing best practices; developing the human talent required to manage and conserve resources (i.e., technical training); and identifying mechanisms, practices and/or policies that avoid or mitigate overexploitation. Issues of interest include sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, and non-timber forest products. Projects may also consider the conservation and livelihood aspects of sustainable tourism, fisheries management, and payment for environmental service programs.


Water scarcity and quality issues have emerged as a critical concern worldwide. In Latin America, as elsewhere, the shortage of water and the resulting social, economic, and health costs disproportionately impact the poor. For that reason, the Foundation has a particular interest in projects that promote equitable access to a clean and secure water supply. Ideally, proposals should offer innovative ideas and policies that improve locally determined mechanisms for watershed management; develop water policies and management methodologies based on local hydrological assessments; or identify, implement, and replicate workable models of freshwater management and protection.

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


  • To be considered for a Tinker Institutional Grant, a request must be submitted by an organization with 501(c)(3) charitable status or its equivalent, if the organization is based outside the United States.  
  • The project/program for which funding is sought must be geographically focused on Latin America.


  • The Foundation will not consider requests for:
    • Annual fund-raising appeals for organizations such as the United Way
    • Support for building construction or major equipment purchases
    • Individual research
    • Funding of health or medical issues
    • Production costs for film, television and radio projects
    • Arts and humanities projects including art museum collections and exhibits
    • Endowments
  • The Foundation will not consider new funding requests from an organization until previously funded projects have been completed and the final reports have been received and approved.