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Environmental Education and Conservation Fund

Grants to Mendocino County, California Nonprofits and Educational
Institutions to Promote Conservation and Environmental Awareness

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC) - Field-of-Interest Funds

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Mendocino County, California nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for conservation and environmental appreciation programs. Funding is intended to support educational initiatives that promote conservation and further ecological understanding and informed use of the local natural environment.

Programming should focus on issues including, but not limited to:
- Ecological understanding and natural resource management;
- The importance of the scientific method in addressing conservation issues;
- The effects of climate change and humans’ role in causing and addressing climate change;
- Caring for the land through land stewardship best practices;
- Habitat and watershed restoration; and
- Providing and improving public access to natural lands so people from all walks of life can enjoy them.

Educational grants might include (but are not limited to) day and residential outdoor schools and science camp programs, college-level programs in natural resource management, and natural history displays. Eligible uses for education grants include:
- Equipment and teaching materials,
- Instructor compensation,
- Staff and volunteer training/conferences,
- Internships,
- Student transportation costs, and
- Scholarships that allow more people to participate in programs.

Conservation project grants might include (but are not limited to) wildlife surveys, training for wildlife surveys, land docent training, habitat studies, habitat and watershed restoration projects, improving existing public access to conservation lands, internships for land stewardship and trail building, tree planting, native plant management, and invasive plant removal.

Eligible uses for conservation project grants include:
- Staff time for project management,
- Construction equipment and supplies,
- Engineering and design,
- Subcontractor services, and
- Permit fees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184730

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant range: $1,000-$5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In 2019, the Community Foundation invites proposals from organizations, including educational institutions.

To apply, organizations may not have an open Field-of-Interest grant and all previous reporting must be successfully completed. In addition, applicant organizations must:
- Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
- Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
- Have two years of operational history;
- Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Applicants may not use grants for:
- Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
- Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
- Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Purposes other than those stated in the grant award

Sports camps and grants to initiate or defend litigation are ineligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submission: January 15, 2019 by 5:00 PM.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen Internet connectivity issues. Applicants can access a list of questions and the budget form, and are encouraged to complete them in advance to facilitate the online application process.

Grant recipients will be notified of award by April 5, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Please email your questions to:
Michelle Rich, Director of Grants and Programs
Or call: 707-468-9882

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Mendocino County