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The Fund for Wild Nature (Fund) provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. If your project is not clearly and directly connected to these priorities, please explain the link. WE DO NOT FUND PROJECTS OUTSIDE CANADA, THE U.S.A, OR THEIR FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TERRITORIES. Funded organizations are required to be tax exempt non-profits under the federal tax laws of Canada or the United States (I.R.S. 501(c)(3) or the Canadian equivalent). If your project is fiscally sponsored, the same requirements apply to your sponsor.
We fund advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. We do NOT fund basic scientific research, private land acquisition, for-profit enterprises, individual action or study, conferences, or organizations which receive ANY government funding or support. Although we commend the work of wildlife sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, botanical gardens, learning centers, and habitat restoration, these are beyond the scope of our mission and for that reason we do not fund this type of work. We will only fund media projects that have a clear, significant strategic value to biodiversity and a concrete plan for dissemination of the final product.
(We strongly recommend reading about our grantees' work to find parallels, if any, with your work. View recent grantees and past annual reports for more information.)
The Fund supports biocentric goals that are premised on effective and intelligible strategies. We give special attention to ecological issues not currently receiving sufficient public attention and funding. We seek proposals with visionary and yet realistic goals to create tangible change. All proposals must be highly cost effective.
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