For Environmental Issues, Progressive and Aggressive Economic Research and Thought

The environment is the foremost grant-getter for The Lawrence Foundation, whose mission is to “support organizations that are working to solve pressing environmental, educational, human services and other issues.”

A family foundation established by Jeff Lawrence and his wife, Diane Troth, with cash accrued when Lawrence sold his Trillium Digital Systems to Intel, the website states that the couple feels "it is important to give something back and support organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.”

Lawrence puts an interesting twist on making the world a better place: not just support of environmental causes, but economic research and thought to bolster those environmental causes.

Two recent Lawrence grants reflect this. The foundation gave $5,000 to Earth Economics in Tacoma, WA, "to provide robust, science-based ecologically sound economic analysis, policy recommendations, and tools to postiviely transform regional, national, and international economics and asset accounting systems." It also gave $5,000 to the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, MA, "to advance scientific discovery and seek science-based solutions for the world's environmental and economic challenges through research and education on forests, soils, air, and water."

Those $5,000 amounts are typical of the vast majority of the foundation's grants. The foundation’s application is fairly basic, using the Common Grant Application, which the Lawrence Foundation helped create. It includes a standard request for goals/objectives/outcomes—a good strategy would be to detail how a $5,000 grant would strongly support your health access organization or project's goals. The foundation will give both general operating and program support, so there's flexibility here.

The Lawrence Foundation has no geographic restrictions on its giving, both domestically or internationally (so long as the international project is operated by a U.S. nonprofit). Its grant application is open to all, and has two grant cycles each year, with deadlines in April and November.

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