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The Conservation Alliance Announces 2022 Summer Grant Recipients

Awards $690,000 in Grants to 16 Organizations


Bend, Ore. (September 27, 2022)

The Conservation Alliance is excited to present the recipients of its Summer 2022 Grants. In this cycle, $690,000 in grants were dispersed to 16 organizations working to protect outdoor spaces and wild places throughout North America. To date, they have awarded $1.8 million in 2022 and are on track to award $2.2 million by the end of this year, matching an all-time grant-giving high for the organization.

The Alliance evaluated 50 proposals before narrowing the field to the 16 recipients. Grantees were chosen by The Conservation Alliance member companies through a nomination and voting process. Four conservation groups – United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Colorado Wildlands Project, Dolores River Boating Advocates, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers – are working on priority campaigns.

“The strength of The Conservation Alliance comes from our member companies, whose annual dues fund our grant programs. We hope the infusion of capital into these land and water conservation projects, that are so critical to preserving wild places across the continent, paired with our collective advocacy will be the boost these projects need to get across the finish line,” said Shoren Brown, interim Executive Director at The Conservation Alliance. 

The 16 projects are located across 12 American states – Vermont, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington – and one Canadian province – British Columbia. 

The Conservation Alliance works with 270 member companies to identify important conservation projects that seek to protect wildlife habitat and access to recreation. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund, and funding is disbursed twice annually to the grassroots groups working to secure these protections.


Projects funded in this grant cycle are as follows:

American Whitewater – Western Rivers Conservation – $50,000

Backcountry Hunters – Boundary Waters Protection – $45,000

Colorado Wildlands Project – Dolores River Canyons Protection Campaign – $35,000

Columbia Land Trust – Nestwood Forest – $40,000

Dolores River Boating Advocates – Dolores River Protection Campaign – $40,000

Environmental Law and Policy Center – Seizing Opportunities to Achieve New and Expanded National Wilderness – $40,000

Grand Canyon Trust – Permanently Protecting the Grand Canyon Region from Uranium Mining – $40,000

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners – Grand Staircase-Escalante Resource Protections – $49,500

Great Basin Water Network – Save the Swamp Cedars – $45,000

Idaho Rivers United – Salmon River Wild and Scenic Campaigns – $36,500

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Seymour Creek Big Hole River Acquisition – $50,000

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition – Gwininitxw Protected Area – $45,000

The Connecticut River Conservancy – Blake Higgins Dam Removal – $34,000

Trust for Public Land – Roaring Branch: Protecting the Appalachian Trail Corridor – $40,000

United Tribes of Bristol Bay – Permanent Protections for Bristol Bay Watershed – $50,000

Wild Salmon Center – Tillamook Legacy Campaign – $50,000