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Weeden Foundation Grant

Grants to California, Montana, Chile, and Russia Nonprofits in
Eligible Regions to Protect Biodiversity in Endangered Areas

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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 to California, Montana, Chile, and Russia organizations in eligible regions for programs to protect biodiversity worldwide. New applicants must submit a letter of inquiry before applying. Organizations in the following geographic areas may apply: 1) Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion in Northern California; 2) High Divide in Southwest Montana; 3) Altai Republic in Russia, and 4) Chilean Patagonia.

Priority is given to returning grant recipients.

Within its four current geographic focus areas, the Foundation is working to protect old-growth forests, expand habitats for endangered species on public and private lands, and link key wildlife corridors. There are many threats to these regions, including logging, mining, road building, dam building, and grazing.

At the US national level, the Foundation supports advocacy for wildlife corridors, the Endangered Species Act, and additional wilderness designations. Additionally, the Foundation has a “Consumption and Population” program to address the adverse impact of growing human populations and overuse of natural resources on biodiversity.

The Foundation’s consumption program currently focuses on promoting greater use of environmental paper. Grant-making in this area aims to expand the market for environmental papers through consumer-targeted education and efforts directed at the publishing industries as well as corporate and government procurement practices. The Foundation also recognizes the importance of advocacy and education initiatives to reduce levels of natural resource consumption. The Foundation’s environmental education grant-making is directed at K-12 and college-level programs. Current grants incorporate the ecological footprint methodology and similar tools to achieve a fuller, more integrated curriculum that connects population growth, over-consumption, environmental degradation, and biological limits.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174218

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant size is between $15,000 and $20,000, and only under exceptional circumstances do grants exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not currently entertain multi-year support requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

US applicants:
Targeted habitats include mature forest ecosystems, riparian corridors, and riverine/aquatic environments of demonstrated ecological significance. Target recipients are frequently those groups that (a) have a strong base of activist support, (b) provide unique services or information (legal, scientific, technological, or skills-based), or (c) serve as organizational models by providing genuinely unusual and effective approaches to wildlands conservation.

Latin America applicants:
The Foundation is focused on supporting groups in Chilean Patagonia, where threats to native forests and wild rivers are substantial. Most grants are made directly to Chilean non-profits, but where appropriate or necessary the Foundation supports cross-fertilizing partnerships with U.S. environmental groups.

Russian applicants:
Currently this program focuses on the Altai region of south central Siberia. Funding in the Altai region is currently restricted to organizations working closely with U.S. partners.

Exclusions from Weeden Foundation international grantmaking include: marine conservation issues, large international groups, agroforestry, museums, capital construction, growth management, toxic contamination, films and videos, wildlife rehabilitation, faith-based organizations, government-based projects, solid waste, energy (with the exception of dams), universities, student fellowships, and basic scientific research.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, August 3rd, 2018.

The Board of Directors meets three times a year, usually in March, June, and October, but note that board meetings may be held the month preceding or following these times. For proposals to be considered at a meeting, they must be submitted online before the deadline. Proposal deadlines are approximately eight weeks prior to each meeting, and are posted on the website at least two months in advance.

The Foundation requires that new applicants (not current grantees) complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Please complete the “New Applicants” form to submit your LOI. You will receive a confirmation email when your form is complete. The Foundation will review your application and get back to you with a reply. If the work proposed is of interest and/or fits into one of the program areas, the Foundation will invite a full proposal. Returning applicants (who received a grant the previous year) do not need to submit a LOI.

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

Apply online:

The Weeden Foundation
P.O. Box 606
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-0606
Phone: 914-864-1375
Facsimile: 914-864-1377

Grant Coverage Areas:

Russia: Altai Republic
Chile: Chilean Patagoni

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion;   Montana: High Divide

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.