Our Values in Motion: $950,000 in Grants Awarded

At The Conservation Alliance, our mission is to harness the collective power of business and outdoor communities to fund and advocate for the protection of North America’s wild places. Twice annually, we bring our mission to life by awarding grants to grassroots conservation organizations that have been nominated by our member companies. We are pleased to announce that despite the challenges this year has presented, the Summer 2020 Grant Cycle is complete and we are awarding a total of $950,000 to groups working to secure new protections for remote wild lands and waters, as well as for close-to-home trails and open spaces.
This group of grantees is collectively working to protect more than 52 million acres and 125 river miles; defend more than one million acres from the threat of mining; and acquire one climbing area. Thanks to the steadfast commitment from our member companies, we have awarded a total of $2,000,000 in funding in 2020.
During this grant cycle, our members voted to direct $930,000 in funding through our main grant program. Additionally in July, The Conservation Alliance’s Board of Directors awarded two $10,000 discretionary grants to provide immediate funding for critical work. Our hope is that these funds increase our grantees’ ability to make a big impact in their communities and beyond, working toward our shared vision of a planet where wild places, wildlife, and people thrive together.

Summer 2020 Grant Recipients:
Access Fund — Thumb Open Space — $30,000
Appalachian Mountain ClubProtecting the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest — $45,000
Audubon Alaska — Protect the Arctic Refuge Campaign — $50,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Manitoba — Seal River Watershed Indigenous Protected Area Initiative — $45,000
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon — More Than Just Gold: Protecting the Dawson Region — $25,000
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy — Uplands Capital Campaign — $45,000
Friends of Cedar Mesa — A Pivotal Year for Bears Ears — $30,000
Friends of Nevada Wilderness — Military Expansion Defense Campaign for Desert Refuge and Churchill County — $20,000
Grand Canyon Trust — Permanently Protecting the Grand Canyon and Surrounding Public Lands from Uranium Mining — $45,000
Greater Yellowstone Coalition — Yellowstone Gateway Land Acquisitions – Permanently Protecting the Border of Yellowstone National Park — $50,000
Green Mountain Conservancy — Deer Run Nature Preserve Phase 2 — $35,000
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands — Expand the Wild Rogue — $40,000
Methow Valley Citizens Council — Great Northwest Forest Campaign — $45,000
Montana Wilderness Associations — Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project — $45,000
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance — Greater Chaco Protection Campaign — $45,000
Ohio Environmental Council — Black Diamond Backcountry Campaign — $40,000
Oregon Desert Land Trust — Connecting Central Oregon’s Backcountry — $45,000
Oregon Natural Desert Association — Protecting Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands — $50,000
Park County Environmental Council — Protecting the Wild and Working Landscapes of Montana’s Crazy Mountains — $40,000
San Juan Citizens Alliance — San Juan Mountains Wilderness — $40,000
Trout Unlimited — Sportsmen for the Ruby Mountains Project — $40,000
Whatcom Land Trust — Skookum II Conservation Corridor — $45,000
Wilderness Workshop — Achieving Permanent Protection for the Thompson Divide — $35,000

Discretionary Grant Recipients:
The Fronterra Land Alliance — Lost Dog Conservation — $10,000
Idaho Conservation LeagueProtecting the High Divide — $10,000