F.M. Kirby Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The F.M. Kirby Foundation broadly supports a variety of animal and wildlife organizations around the United States.

IP TAKE: Although Kirby awards grants or nonprofits around the country, those located in the Northeastern United States may have an increased chance of obtaining a grant for this funder.

PROFILE: Fred Morgan Kirby, a five-and-dime merchant, merged his business with Woolworths in 1912. In 1931, he established the F.M. Kirby Foundation to “[i]nvest in opportunities that foster self-reliance or otherwise create strong, healthy communities.” The foundation supports education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, environmental and animal, civic and public affairs, religious affairs and welfare and youth organizations. 

While the foundation does not name specific grantmaking strategies in support of animal welfare and protection, the Kirby Foundation offers animal-related grantee information to help guide applicants.

Kirby grants can reach to well over $300,000, but the majority of awards fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.  Past grantees include the New Jersey Audubon Society and the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, which received funding for its policymaking work regarding the prevention for future forest pest introduction in the United States.

The F.M. Kirby Foundation does not have a required grant application format; however, grantseekers may submit unsolicited requests for funding by submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI). The foundation accepts LOIs on a rolling basis throughout the year. Submission made after October 31 are held for grant consideration until the following year.

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