Institutional Grants: Sustainable Resource Management

Tinker Foundation

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

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2018 (Full proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 15, 2018 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Caribbean, Central America, South America

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: Potential applicants are encouraged to submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) to ascertain the Foundation's interest prior to submitting a full proposal. We would appreciate receiving inquiries at least four weeks in advance of the 'full proposal deadline' to allow time for consultation with a program officer and for proposal development.

The Foundation’s Institutional Grants program has as its goal the creation of effective policy changes to improve the lives of Latin Americans. Projects should have a strong public policy component, offer innovative solutions to problems facing these regions, and incorporate new mechanisms for addressing these programmatic areas. Activities may include, but are not restricted to, research projects, workshops and conferences related to the Foundation's areas of interest.

Funding for general support may be considered on a limited basis.

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, 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)
  • Identifying mechanisms, practices and/or policies that avoid or mitigate overexploitation

Particular issues of interest include:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable forestry
  • 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. In that light, 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
  • 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 proposal must be submitted by an organizational entity with 501(c)3 charitable status or its equivalent, if the organization is based outside the United States.  
  • Not-for-profit organizations based outside the U.S. are eligible for funding as long as they meet certain guidelines for charitable status.  
  • The project/program for which funding is sought must be geographically focused on Latin America. 


  • The Foundation encourages collaboration among organizations in the United States and Latin America and prefers to fund those institutions that are actively engaged with external stakeholders in addressing an issue of concern.


  • 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.

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