Investing in Our Wild Future: $910,000 Awarded

We are proud to announce that we have awarded 47 grants totaling $910,000 to grassroots organizations working to secure lasting protections for our shared wild places. These grants are the result of our Winter 2020 grant cycle coming to a close, and the completion of our new Community Grant project. We are grateful to be in a position to provide critical funding to groups working to preserve wild lands and waters in the midst of a pandemic.
As a result of our new Community Grant project, we awarded unrestricted $5,000 grants to 25 organizations. Community Grants are supporting small grassroots groups who often do not have the luxury of huge cash reserves or endowments. Community Grant recipients have annual operating revenue less than $3 million and received more than $10,000 in funding from The Conservation Alliance during the time period January 1, 2019-March 20, 2020. We hope this modest cash infusion will help our grantees and demonstrate that we are all in this together. The total amount of funding awarded through the Community Grant project is $125,000. Click here for a list of Community Grant recipients. .
Our Winter 2020 funding cycle came to a close last week too. We awarded 22 grants totaling $785,000 to grassroots groups working to protect more than 16 million acres and 5,000 river miles; acquire one climbing area; and stop two industrial scale mines in the United States and Canada.
Each project funded during the Winter 2020 grant cycle was nominated to submit a grant proposal by a Conservation Alliance member company. The Conservation Alliance staff and board evaluated 58 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.
We are excited to announce the following grant recipients:
Adirondack Council Campaign for the Follensby Pond Preserve – $25,000 
Alaska Wilderness League Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign – $50,000 
American Rivers Protecting Western Montana’s Last Best Wild Rivers – $50,000 
American Whitewater Wild Olympics Campaign – $45,000 
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Protecting Montana’s Blackfoot Clearwater Valleys – $35,000 
California Wilderness Coalition Northwest California Mountains and Rivers, Central Coast Wild Heritage Campaigns – $45,000 
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia Establishing the Dene K’eh Kusan Provincial Conservancy – $40,000 
Columbia Land Trust Mt. Hood Oaks Acquisition – $40,000 
Dolores River Boating Advocates Delores River Canyon National Conservation Area Campaign – $20,000 
Downeast Lakes Land Trust Lakeville Forest Project – $30,000
Habitat Acquisition Trust Sc’ianew Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area – $20,000
Northeastern Minnesotan’s for Wilderness Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters – $45,000 
Oregon Wild Protecting Wild & Scenic Rivers and Public Lands in Oregon – $50,000 
Outdoor Alliance Protecting North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures – $35,000 
The Wilderness Society The Gunnison Public Lands Initiative – $35,000
Trout Unlimited – Alaska Save Bristol Bay – $40,000
Ventura Land Trust Mariano Rancho Acquisition Project – $30,000
Virginia Wilderness Committee George Washington National Forest Campaign – $20,000
Western Mass Climbers Coalition  The Hanging Mountain Project – $30,000
Western Rivers Conservancy Nason Ridge Project – $30,000
Wildlife Conservation Society Blackfeet Conservation Area Project – $35,000
Wyoming Outdoor Council Protection for Wyoming’s Wild Northern Red Desert – $35,000
For an overview of each grant, visit our Winter 2020 Grants page.

Header Photo Courtesy of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia