Institutional Grants: Sustainable Resource Management

Tinker Foundation

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

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

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 16, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 31, 2021 8:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Mar 18, 2021 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

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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Institutional Grants

The Foundation’s Institutional Grants program has the goal of creating the conditions for the development of effective policy changes that improve the lives of Latin Americans. The Foundation’s funding is directed to three program areas in which focused, expert research and innovation have the potential to make significant, positive impact. 

Successful proposals 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. The Foundation encourages collaboration among organizations in the United States and Latin America and prefers to fund institutions that are actively engaged with a broad array of stakeholders impacted by the identified challenge. 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 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.