Enviro funds and the Vinyl Cafe

Photo from brainerd.org

Welcome to Monday, Funds Fans!  In a rare universal occurrence, the rain waited until AFTER the weekend.  Better yet, the windows in my van were actually closed this time too.  With all the moisture from countless events of leaving the windows open combined with the tracking of sand, dirt, rocks and such that is inevitable when transporting four young nature-lovers around, I am surprised we don’t have plants growing in the carpet like Dave; that’s Dave from Stuart McLean’s Dave & Morley stories on the Vinyl Cafe.  For those of you who followed our adventures up north back in March, those are the stories that kept us all laughing together even through the long driving hours.

For all nature lovers out there, today we present two funding sources for environmental and conservation projects.  The great thing about both of these funders is that they see past political divides and consider the whole eco-system within the geographic area of the Pacific Northwest.

The Brainerd Foundation provides granting support to protect the environment of the Northwest and to build broad citizen support for conservation. They accomplish this by investing in nonprofit organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.  Letters of inquiry are accepted year-round and successful projects will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.  Their three main areas of interest include:

Conservation Policy: Achieving policy gains at the regional, state (or provincial) and local levels that ensure protection of our region’s air, land and water.  Grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 and can be awarded for multiple years.

Place-based Conservation: Achieving landscape and wildlife protection through community engagement and empowerment. Our current priority landscapes are: the High Divide, the Crown of the Continent, and Central Oregon.  Grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 and can be awarded for multiple years.

Conservation Capacity: Improving the ability of conservationists to communicate effectively, advance legal strategies and strengthen overall organizational capacity. This program area supports service providers, strategic research, and organizational efforts that build stronger institutions.  Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 and can be awarded for multiple years.

The Brainerd foundation also provides a Grassroots Fund that may be used as seed funding.  These grants are not typically renewed. Most often Grassroots Fund grants are made for general support, but grants may also be tailored to support activities that bolster organizational capacity, such as mentoring or leadership and organizational trainings.  Typical grants, awarded year-round at staff discretion, range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are awarded for a one-year term. Inquiries are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The Brainerd Foundation  Opportunity Fund grants are awarded to Northwest-focused organizations confronted with an unanticipated, timely opportunity to protect critical ecosystems, impact significant conservation policy debates, or address critical organizational issues. They aim to support projects that address a need or opportunity that could not have been foreseen during an organization’s normal annual planning process.  These grants range from $250 to $3,000. Requests for Opportunity Fund grants have no deadline and receive immediate attention.

The other funder of note today is the Bullit Foundation whose mission is to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation invites inquiries from nonprofit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain range), and south-central Alaska.  Inquiries received before September 15 will be considered for the November 1 proposal deadlineGrants range from $5,000 to $75,000.  This Foundation has granted over $2 million within British Columbia already this year and that’s just from one of two annual proposal deadline periods.  Wow!

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Since it’s still lunch-time, I’m going to get back to the Vinyl Cafe…  Apparently, Dave is aching to try his neighbour Ted Anderson’s new, expensive racing bike. Determined to discover the joys of riding an Italian racing bike, Dave hoists himself onto Ted’s treasured Pinarello — even though it is strapped to the roof of Ted’s car.  (Dave and the Bike)