Foundation Grants List 5/13/2020

Grant Recommendations

Welcome! Here are this week’s recommended foundations. These grants will be for various types of organizations, so they may not always be a perfect fit for you. However, there will be some that are. We also offer customized grant research reports that offer grants researched specifically for your organization, provide you with all of the submission requirements, deadlines, and a researched recommended request amount so that you can put your best effort forward when you apply.

This week’s focus is on Wildlife Programs. Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.

Acorn Foundation

Established in 1978, the Acorn Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to supporting community-based organizations working to advance environmental conservation, sustainability and environmental justice. The Foundation’s name was taken from the street where the family lived.

The Foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects that engage in community organizing in order to:

  • Advocate for environmental health and justice, particularly in low-income communities, communities of color and indigenous communities;
  • Preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife;
  • Prevent or remedy toxic pollution.

Grant-making Information

Acorn Foundation offers general support grants to grassroots organizations in the range of $5,000 – $10,000. The Acorn Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process, however, full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

The first step in submitting a letter of inquiry is to thoroughly review the eligibility criteria and grant-making guidelines in order to ensure that your organization is a good fit for the Acorn grant program (this will save both your time and ours). Organizations that meet the eligibility and funding criteria are encouraged to submit the letter of inquiry form. Please understand that even if your organization fits within the Acorn Foundation guidelines, due to limited funds, we are only able to invite full proposals from approximately 10% of the organizations that apply.

Apply Online – Link to Online Grant System

Alongside Wildlife Foundation

In 2018 The Alongside Wildlife Foundation began a grant program to help fund projects that are important yet typically overlooked by most funding agencies and organizations. There have been increasing calls to recognize and appreciate natural history but the necessary research is rarely prioritized; now The Alongside Wildlife Foundation can help fund projects that generate this basic but vital information about the species alongside us. Are you working on implementing science-based strategies that allow people to share landscapes with wildlife? Consider applying. Finally, many scientists and science communicators are facing pressure to reach out and engage with new audiences, but there are few funding opportunities to facilitate and encourage necessary collaborations. Now The Alongside Wildlife Foundation can help.

Please note: we are not a large foundation financially backed by wealthy individuals, organizations, or endowments and we receive many more inquiries than we could possibly fund. We are fully supported by our growing grassroots network of small recurring donors; if you value the work we do (including this grants program) and wish we could do more then we hope you will consider joining this network.

How to Apply for a Grant

To apply for a grant in 2020, please visit this link. We may evaluate proposals on a rolling basis; your proposal must be submitted by August 7th to be considered for funding this year. We intend to notify winners and distribute funds before the end of the year.

We support projects that relate to either 1) collecting data (including basic natural history information) that can inform plans that allow people to live alongside wildlife, 2) communicating science to communities with the goal of reducing human/wildlife conflict, and/or 3) evaluating and/or implementing science-based strategies for living alongside wildlife populations.

LorePaul M. Angell Family Foundation

The mission of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is to advance society through the performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation provides grants in the following three priority areas:

The Foundation’s primary focus is the protection of the world’s oceans and species. The Foundation is interested in site-specific projects designed to improve the health of ocean habitats and to enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of climate change. In addition, the Foundation supports efforts to fund species protection, particularly regarding the seas’ apex predators.

Priorities in this area include:

  • supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas;
  • encouraging sustainable fisheries management;
  • eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing;
  • conserving the world’s shark and ray species;
  • limiting plastics pollution and other ocean debris; and,
  • preserving coral species and ecosystems.

Eligible projects include research, conservation, and restoration. Grants for other types of water-related conservation efforts may be considered on a limited basis.

Social Causes
The goal is to support efforts to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, particularly in urban areas. Priority is given to programs that emphasize evidence-based early intervention and prevention approaches. The Foundation seeks to support efforts designed to help alter the life trajectories of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and families.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • early childhood education;
  • parenting;
  • school achievement and completion (K-12);
  • post-secondary success for low-income students of color; and,
  • economic opportunities through quality job training, financial literacy, and building assets.

Grants are primarily, but not exclusively, provided to organizations in the Chicago, IL, area.

Performing Arts
The goal is to support the presentation and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Eligible organizations include performers, presenters (including broadcasters), and educators. Grants are provided to organizations in Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; and the mid-Atlantic region (from Washington, DC, north to Philadelphia, PA).

Types of support include:

  • general operating support;
  • program and project support; and,
  • education grants, including lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guided tours, exhibitions, and distribution of printed or online materials.

Grants are not provided to/for:

  • religious institutions or other nonprofit organizations affiliated with a religion;
  • debt reduction; 
  • fundraising events; or,
  • events that will have taken place before the determination of an award.


Application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website. Applications must be submitted online.