Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Grants
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Grant amount: Unspecified amount
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: Research, Project / Program
Location of project: Canada, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Counties in Alaska: Denali Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Haines Borough, Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Juneau City and Borough, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Nome Census Area, North Slope Borough, Northwest Arctic Borough, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Sitka City and Borough, Skagway Municipality, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Wrangell City and Borough, Yakutat City and Borough, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Show all
Location of residency: Canada, United StatesView website Save Need help writing this grant?
About this funder:
By 2025, native wildlife thrive throughout networks of connected lands and waters in Western North America.
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.
- Priority Regions
- Alaska/British Columbia:
- Yellowstone to Yukon
- Our Supporting Programs
- Conservation Science: The Conservation Science Program enhances the ability of our grantees and partners to effectively adopt and share scientific information, methods, tools, and solutions.
- Conservation Law & Policy: The Conservation Law and Policy Program focuses on defending key environmental laws and increasing support for advancing conservation plans, policies, and practices.
- Capacity Building: The Capacity Building Program works with our grantee partners to develop individual and organizational competencies, and increase capabilities that contribute to sustainability and effectiveness.
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
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