Welcoming our Summer 2023 Grantees

$650,000 in Grants to Grassroots Conservation Organizations

D-1 Alaska
Photo: Fredrik Norrsell

Bend, Ore. (Sept 25, 2023)

The Conservation Alliance (TCA) is excited to announce the recipients of its Summer 2023 Grants. In this cycle, $650,000 in grants were dispersed to 15 organizations working to protect outdoor spaces and wild places throughout North America. TCA is on track to award over $2 million in grants by the end of this year.

TCA staff and board members evaluated 51 proposals before narrowing the field. Final grantees for the Summer 2023 cycle were chosen by TCA member companies through a nomination and voting process. Two grantees in this cycle will be supporting TCA Priority Campaigns – Native American Rights Fund for their work on the D-1 Lands in Alaska and Colorado Wildlands Project for their efforts to protect the Dolores River Canyon Country.

“The strength of The Conservation Alliance comes from the connection between our membership support and the funding and advocacy support we provide to grassroots conservation organizations who are leading public lands campaigns in their respective communities. We are honored to support these critical land and water conservation projects and to elevate additional support for 2023-24 TCA priority campaigns,” said Nicole Rom, Executive Director at The Conservation Alliance.

The 15 projects are located across 10 American states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming – and one Canadian province – British Columbia.

The Conservation Alliance works with over 270 member companies to identify important conservation projects that seek to protect wild places and outdoor spaces. Each member company contributes annual dues to a central grant fund which are distributed through discretionary opportunities, our Confluence Program, Priority Campaign grants, and a winter and summer grant cycle to the grassroots groups working to secure conservation outcomes.

Projects funded in the summer grant cycle are as follows:

Native American Rights Fund – Alaska D-1 Lands – $50,000

Dena Kayeh Institute – Dene K’éh Kusān – Kaska Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area – $50,000

California Trout – Elk River Restoration Project – Acquisition and Land Back – $40,000

Colorado Wildlands Project – Dolores River Canyon Country Protection Campaign – $50,000

American Rivers – Protecting Colorado’s Outstanding Waters – $35,000

Friends of Missoula Parks – Marshall Mountain Park – $40,000

Great Basin Water Network – Save the Swamp Cedars – Bahsahwahbee National Monument – $40,000

Oregon Desert Land Trust – Trout Creek Ranch and Pueblo Mountains Conservation Project – Doman Place – $45,000

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners – Grand Staircase-Escalante Resource Protections Campaign: Phase 2 – $50,000

Chesapeake Conservancy – Rappahannock Return to the River: Restoring Tribal Land for Conservation – $45,000

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy – Glen Tana: Protecting the Last Intact Sanctuary on the Little Spokane River – $50,000

Columbia Land Trust – West Fork Washougal Conservation Project – $40,000

American Whitewater – Western Rivers Conservation – $50,000

The Wilderness Land Trust – North Cascades Washington Wilderness Project – $25,000

Audubon Rockies – Securing Protections for Little Sandy – $40,000