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Environment Program - Western Conservation Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits in Western States
and Provinces for Natural Resources Conservation

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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for conservation projects that enhance and protect the ecological integrity of the Western United States (excluding Hawaii) and Canada. Letters of inquiry are invited for projects involving the conservation of land, water, and energy.

Since 1969, the Hewlett Foundation has been dedicated to preserving the vast open spaces of the West as unspoiled landscapes where wildlife thrives, communities flourish, and ranchers maintain their history of stewardship.

Over the decades, mining, drilling, clear-cutting and expanding population have taken a harsh toll on the natural beauty, critical water sources and local habitats. Today, the Foundation makes a wide range of grants to protect the extraordinary natural resources of the Western United States and Canada, and back efforts to build broad public support and empower citizens who care about the conservation of land, water and air in the West.

Projects may take place in the USA states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; or the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.


Conserve 300 million acres by 2035. The Foundation supports organizations that work to protect and connect roadless areas and wildlife habitat, and ensure that public and private lands are managed effectively to support both conservation and sustainable human use.

Improve 8,000 river miles by 2035. Water is the most sought-after and fought-over resource in the West. The Foundation makes grants to ensure that water resources are used responsibly and support organizations that work to increase the flow of water in rivers throughout the West and preserve surrounding riverbanks.

Reduce the development of fossil fuels on 85 million acres by 2035. The Foundation supports organizations that work on promoting clean fuel extraction and distribution, and increasing renewable energy sources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163743

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Western Conservation grantmaking program makes grants to organizations that support efforts that protect and improve the ecological integrity of Western United States and Canada (except for Hawaii).

The Foundation generally does not fund for-profit organizations.

The Western Conservation program does not make grants to fund:
-Environmental education and production of educational materials
-Marine conservation
-Capital projects
-Habitat restoration

Pre-Application Information:

If you feel that your organization or project meets the grantmaking guidelines, use the online letter of inquiry.

Do not submit full proposals until invited to do so; uninvited proposals will not be read.

The Foundation will reply to your online submission within 30 days.

Before applying, please review the Environment Program’s recently awarded grants for examples of the program’s current funding focus:

More information about Western Conservation priorities may be found here:


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia