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Grants to USA and Canada Organizations in Multiple States and Provinces for Projects to Preserve Ecosystem Biodiversity

Y2Y Partner Grants


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Funding Source
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
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Geographic Focus
USA: IdahoMontanaOregonWashingtonWyoming
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Northwest Territories;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/13/23 11:59 PM Mountain Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Alberta organizations, groups, associations, bands, tribes, networks, and partnerships to preserve ecosystem biodiversity in eligible regions. Joint or collaborative proposals from more than one organization working on the same project or initiative are encouraged. Funded projects must benefit the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Recognizing the threats causing biodiversity loss throughout the world, Y2Y is inspired by a vision of an interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. Y2Y’s mission is to connect and protect Rocky Mountain habitat from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the mountains of northern Yukon so that people and nature can thrive. This vision is guided by conservation strategies that marry leading-edge research with on-the-ground action. Y2Y carries out their work collaboratively with partners across the region, including environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs), government agencies, First Nations/Native American tribes, researchers, foundations, and businesses. 

Y2Y uses its conservation strategies to identify Priority Areas - places within the Yellowstone to Yukon region that are either core wildlife habitat areas or large-scale corridors connecting core areas. They examine threats, opportunities, and capacities in these Priority Areas to determine where to focus efforts. 

Priority will be given to projects that most contribute to the Y2Y Vision:

  1. Address the following threats or opportunities:
    • Promote new protected areas on public lands;
    • Protect habitat on or corridors across private lands;
    • Mitigate the impacts on wildlife of highways or railroads;
    • Reduce conflict and promote co-existence between humans and wildlife;
    • Restore degraded habitat for grizzly bears or other large mammal species;
    • Oppose development, activities, or policies that threaten the Yellowstone to Yukon vision; or 
    • Promote policies that help to advance the Yellowstone to Yukon vision; and
    • Help to communicate the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.
  2. Are undertaken by small grassroots groups and/or organizations that might not otherwise be able to secure funding for their work;
  3. Will benefit significantly from Y2Y's investment;
  4. Focus on co-operative efforts; and
  5. Focus on on-the-ground conservation actions.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility requirements:
- Applicants must be associations, groups, organizations, tribes, bands, partnerships or networks working within the Yellowstone to Yukon region in support of the Y2Y vision and mission. Individuals wishing to apply must find an eligible organization to sponsor their proposal. There is no requirement for organizations to have charitable status.
- Only one proposal per organization will be accepted. While Y2Y will accept more than one proposal from those organizations that have separate chapters or regional offices as long as each chapter/regional office has its own budget and is responsible for raising part or all of its own funding, the funding process is very competitive and they are unlikely to fund more than one project from a single organization.
- Collaborative or joint proposals from more than one organization working on the same project or initiative are encouraged.

Additional Geographic Information:

For a map of the Yellowstone to Yukon Region, see:

These funds are not intended to fund scientific or academic research, unless that work has been commissioned by an organization as being essential to advance a conservation campaign or project.

As a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Canadian charity, Y2Y can support only projects that do not include direct lobbying (U.S.)/or political activity (Canada) components. If you are unsure about the definitions of “lobbying” and “political activity”, please consult the government agency that regulates charities in your country.

Pre-Application Information
- Request for Proposals: January 17, 2023
- Application deadline: February 13, 2023, 11:59 pm Mountain Time
- Notification of decisions: March 10, 2023
- Final reports due: November 30, 2023

Please note that organizations that have received a Y2Y Partner Grant for the past three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022) are not eligible to apply this year but may reapply in 2024.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards will be limited to a maximum of $5,000.

Contact Information
Applications should be submitted to Ellen McKay at

Canada office (main)
200-1350 Railway Ave
Canmore, Alberta, T1W 1P6
Phone: 1.403.609.2666 | Toll-free: 1.800.966.7920

United States office
P.O. Box 157
Bozeman, MT, 59771-0157
Phone: 1.403.609.2666 | Toll-free: 1.800.966.7920

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