Nominations Open for Summer 2024 Member Directed Grant Cycle

American Rivers
Photo: Anne Paterson

Nominations are now being accepted for the Summer 2024 Member Directed grant cycle. The nominations period will be open from April 1 – 30, 2024. This is a great opportunity for our member companies to help us decide how to direct critical conservation dollars to grassroots organizations across North America. 

Member company representatives will receive a nomination form directly from The Conservation Alliance beginning April 1st. Before submitting a nomination, please review our funding criteria and focus areas below, and our member directed grants page for details on which types of projects we have funded in the past and are less likely to fund this round. 

We fund groups who are nominated by our members and whose work meets all of these criteria:

  • Seeks to secure durable and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway. The ideal project aims to protect a specific place through acquisition, designation, legislative action, or a similar long-term or permanent action. We also fund projects that aim to improve local ecosystems through dam removal.
  • Engages grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort. This includes projects that incorporate efforts to generate grassroots support and those that are led by a group closest to the project and landscape.
  • Has a clear recreational benefit.
  • The project should have a realistic plan to achieve success in the near term (typically within one-four years). A strong project has a clear strategy with realistic milestones, strong partners and relationships with key decision makers, and is being led by an organization with a track record of success. We value the efforts of new organizations and encourage them to apply. 

We prioritize funding for:

  • Projects and campaigns that are in alignment with TCA’s Conservation Strategy
  • Indigenous-led conservation initiatives.
  • Projects that are led by and/or benefit communities of color, and/or underserved communities, and organizations that work directly with these communities.
  • Landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat.
  • Projects that measurably mitigate the impacts of climate change and protect biodiversity.
  • Projects where businesses have a clear opportunity to participate and partner with grantees to assist in the campaign.

Member companies are able to nominate up to two organizations to apply for funding. Only those organizations that receive a nomination and meet our funding criteria are invited to apply for funding. Nominations kick off an application process that could lead to a $50,000 grant for a grassroots group working to protect a wild place or outdoor space in North America. 

The deadline to submit your nominations is April 30, 2024. Click here for examples of the types of projects we fund. If you are a current member company and have not received the nomination form, or if you have questions about our process, please contact Kim Paymaster.

We will formally invite each nominated organization to submit a grant request for The Conservation Alliance funding. Here’s the complete list of important dates in this grant cycle: 

Nomination deadline: April 30, 2024
Proposal deadline: May 31, 2024
Board and staff grant review period:  June-July 2024 
Member company voting period:  August 1-30, 2024
Grant announcement: September 2024
Grant Term: October 1, 2024 – September  30, 2025