Winter 2019 Grant Announcement: 22 Grants Awarded to Protect Wild Places

We are proud to award 22 grants totaling $860,000 to grassroots organizations in the USA and Canada working to protect more than 24 million acres and 2,000 river miles. These grants are made possible by 235 outdoor and related businesses that come together around a shared purpose to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Each company is a member of The Conservation Alliance, and we direct 100 percent of their annual membership dues into a central grant fund. Thanks to the support of these businesses, we are on track to award $2-million in 2019 to organizations working to protect and defend our shared wild places.
Each project funded during this grant cycle was nominated to submit a grant proposal by a Conservation Alliance member company. The Conservation Alliance staff and board evaluated 56 proposals and placed 25 projects on a ballot. The 22 grants awarded in this grant cycle represent the projects that received the most votes from Conservation Alliance member company employees.
Included in this round of grants are: six private land acquisitions; seven Wilderness and Wild and Scenic river campaigns; five agency management planning projects; four projects that seek to protect land and water threatened by energy development; and one wild land protection campaign in Canada.
The Conservation Alliance made donations to 22 grassroots conservation organizations as follows:

Alaska Wilderness League, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign – $50,000
American Rivers, Protecting Western Montana’s Last Best Wild Rivers -$50,000
American WhitewaterWestern Rivers Conservation Campaign – $50,000
Appalachian Mountain Club, Campaign to Protect and Promote Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument –$30,000
California Wilderness Coalition, Northwest California Mountains and Rivers and Central Coast Wild Heritage Campaigns –$50,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Yukon Chapter, Protect the Peel Campaign – $30,000
Forterra, Maloney Creek and Forest –$35,000
Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Desert National Wildlife Refuge Defense Campaign – $40,000
Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters –$50,000
Oregon Desert Land Trust, Diablo Mountain Inholding Acquisition Campaign -$25,000
Oregon Wild, Oregon State Scenic Waterways Campaign – $35,000
Outdoor Alliance,  Protecting North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures Campaign – $40,000
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Falls Creek-Rocky Mountain Front Access Acquisition –$40,000
The Nature Conservancy – Colorado – Fisher’s Peak Ranch Project – $40,000
The Wilderness Society – Colorado – Gunnison Public Lands Initiative $45,000
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Safeguarding Montana’s Wild Backcountry Campaign – $25,000
Trout Unlimited – Alaska, Protect Bristol Bay Campaign – $50,000
Trust For Public Land, Hunger Mountain Headwaters Campaign – $40,000
West Virginia Land Trust,  Buy the Moon Project – $35,000
Wild Salmon Center,  Elliott Forest Campaign – $30,000
Winter Wildlands Alliance, Campaign for Northern Sierra Winter Ecosystems – $45,000
Yaak Valley Forest Council,  Wilderness on the Kootenai National Forest Campaign – $25,000