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Special Project Grants

Grants to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Nonprofits
for Environmental Conservation and Outreach

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Cinnabar Foundation

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming nonprofit organizations for specific conservation programs, campaigns, and projects. Applicants seeking multi-year support must contact program staff prior to applying. Activities must serve the State of Montana or the portions of Wyoming and Idaho within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The Cinnabar Foundation supports a wide variety of organizations and special projects within the following conservation program areas:
- Climate Action (natural resource extraction, renewable energy, reduction of greenhouse gases, climate adaptation)
- Education and Research (conservation, environmental, species)
- Environmental Advocacy (diverse statewide environmental issues)
- Private Land Conservation (wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, open space)
- Public Lands (access, advocacy, stewardship, wildlife habitat)
- Sustainable Communities and Agriculture (community-based conservation initiatives, rangeland stewardship, watershed partnerships)
- Water Quality and Fisheries

While Cinnabar's 2019 grants will not be limited to these issues, priority will be given to proposals that effectively address:
- Stewardship of Public Lands
- Land Use on Public and Private Lands: Protecting Open Space and Wildlife Habitat from Subdivision and Development, and Maintaining or Restoring Landscape and Habitat Connectivity
- Indiscriminate Natural Resource Extraction
- Air and Water Quality and Quantity (water)
- Community Support and Advocacy for Sound Conservation and Environmental Policies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178295

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants seeking Special Project support are advised that grant amounts will not exceed 50% of the total project budget, or $15,000, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Applications for multi-year funding will be accepted by invitation only. The Cinnabar Foundation will only accept multi-year grant applications for a specific program, project or campaign that will take more than one-year to complete and requires a multi-year funding commitment in order to be viable. Examples include — but are not limited to — a land acquisition or conservation easement project requiring more than one-year to consummate, a project with distinct multi-year phases, or a multi-year campaign to achieve an identifiable goal. 

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be established, well managed 501(c)(3) organizations — or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent. If the latter, a letter from the fiscal agent confirming sponsorship of the project and 501(c)(3) status must accompany the application.

Applicants must operate effective programs that serve Montana or the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

An applicant organization that received a grant in 2018 must submit a brief written report (two pages maximum) describing the progress made toward achieving the purposes outlined in the applicant's 2018 grant application and detailing expenditures made from the granted funds. To be eligible for a 2019 grant, this 2018 grant report must be submitted by January 31, 2019.

While every Special Project application will be considered on its own merits, the Cinnabar Foundation generally will not fund the following type of projects:
- Arts projects
- Capital Improvement (building construction, remodeling, etc.)
- Community Gardens and Greenhouses
- Community Trail Building
- Equipment Purchases
- Exhibits
- Film Production, Brochure Publication, or Website Creation — unless the product is part of an overall campaign, or there is a defined marketing or distribution plan for the product.
- Food to Table Projects
- Graduate Student or Individual Research
- Long-term funding for Recurring Annual Meetings and Symposia
- Small Scale Vegetation Management or Noxious Weed Projects — unless it is part of a larger effort to build community support for conservation action.
- Scholarships
- Youth Summer Camps and Camper Scholarships
- Projects Where Private Benefits Outweigh Public Benefits

Pre-Application Information:

Organization must provide a 1:1 challenge match. An organization that is offered a Special Project Grant will be required to raise an equal amount of funding from other sources in order to claim its Cinnabar award. This must be a cash match — "in-kind" services will not qualify as meeting the match.

Contact the Cinnabar Foundation's executive director Gary Wolfe to inquire about multi-year funding.

2019 Special Project Grant applications will be accepted between January 14 and March 31, 2019. Funding decisions will be announced by July 1, 2019.

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

Applications will open on January 14, 2019.

Send the completed application as a PDF attachment to:

Gary J. Wolfe, Executive Director
406 240 7323

Cinnabar Foundation
PO Box 7323
Missoula, Montana 59807

Grant Coverage Areas:

Applicants must operate effective programs that serve Montana or the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A map may be viewed here:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Wyoming