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Apply for a Grant from the Fund for Wild Nature

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from the Fund for Wild Nature. The 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. We support 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.

Examples of activities we fund include advocacy, litigation, public policy work, 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 government funding or support. Although we commend the work of wildlife sanctuaries,  wildlife rehabilitation facilitiesbotanical gardens, zoos, 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.

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© Dave Parks

When to apply

You may submit your application six weeks prior to the application deadline. Our application deadlines are May 1st and October 1st of every year. We notify applicants of our decision approximately two months after the application deadlines.

Submission Deadline Decision Notification
May 1st Late June
October 1st Late November
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How to apply

First, view our blank application for detailed information on both parts of the application. Second, fill out our online quiz to determine whether your organization and project is eligible for funding. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may then proceed to the online application.

We suggest that you save your responses to substantive questions in Word or another word processing software and copy and paste to assist in character count limits and to avoid losing your information.  Any documents to be uploaded must be in PDF format.

We will only consider one proposal per year per grantee.

For Grant Recipients

In the event your organization is awarded a grant, you will receive a “Letter of Agreement”, which must be signed and returned electronically before any funds will be released. This agreement states your obligations as a grantee, including the submission of a final report. If we do not receive a final report for any funded project, your organization will become ineligible for funding. Final reporting requirements are included in the letter of agreement.

In the event your organization decides to apply for a new grant shortly before the one year anniversary of your previous grant, you must submit your final report contemporaneously (or early) so that the board may evaluate the previous project. If you do not submit a final report in this manner, your new proposal will be deferred until the final report is filed.

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If you have further questions, please contact us via email at: fwn@fundwildnature.org.