Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Grants

Wilburforce Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada Show all

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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About this funder:



Our Vision

By 2025, native wildlife thrive throughout networks of connected lands and waters in Western North America.

Our Mission

Wilburforce Foundation helps conserve important lands, waters and wildlife in Western North America by supporting organizations and leaders advancing strategic solutions. 

Our Funding Region

Wilburforce has identified several priority regions throughout the North American West, using conservation science to identify regions that correspond with our focus on habitat security, focal species, and wildlife linkages. Within these wide-ranging priority regions, we’ve identified specific areas to focus our funding based on our assessment of opportunities and/or threats to the landscape.

Please reference the map of our funding areas that shows areas in which we have a funding interest. View the specialized Priority Region conservation priorities. 

Types of Support

Wilburforce makes investments that contribute to the following types of outcomes:

  • Increase access to and use of scientific, legal, political, and economic information resources;
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of grantee organizations conservation leaders, and other allies;
  • Increase communication, cooperation and collaboration among grantees, stakeholders, decision-makers and/or allies;
  • Increase awareness, support and utilization of conservation policies, plans and practices that protect wildlife habitat;
  • Decrease or mitigate threats to wildlife habitat;
  • Improve the protected status of wildlife habitat;
  • Improve the ecological resilience of the landscapes in which we work.

Read about the Wilburforce Foundation's Strategic Framework here

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


  • Applicant organizations must work on conserving important lands, waters and wildlife in Western North America and Canada.
  • Applicant organizations should be classified as 501(c)(3) by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or 149(1)(f) by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency. 
    • Wilburforce Foundation will consider funding a limited number of grants for organizations that do not have these legal designations.
    • If you are seeking a grant but do not have public charity status, please raise this early in discussions with a Program Officer.
  • Applicant organizations must be incorporated in the U.S. or Canada, and have programs currently operating in our funding areas (see Overview).
  • We will fund multiple-year grants only at our invitation.
    • If you have a program that you believe may benefit from a multiple-year grant, please ask us if we will consider it before submitting a proposal. 


  • The foundation generally will not consider:
    • Any of the following types of projects:
      • Agricultural issues,
      • Air quality or other clean air programs,
      • Energy-related programs,
      • Environmental education,
      • Environmental justice programs,
      • Land acquisition and/or stewardship,
      • Marine or other water-only programs,
      • Pollution prevention or other pollution-related projects,
      • Salmon recovery programs,
      • Sustainable development or other economically-based programs,
      • Sprawl or growth management programs,
      • Transportation-related programs,
      • Wildlife rehabilitation programs,
      • Youth education programs.
    • Deficit financing
    • Endowment funds
    • Funding of individual scholarships or fellowships
    • Grants to cities, counties or other governmental agencies
    • Indirect costs
    • Loans