Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supports a wide range of animal and wildlife projects and programs.

IP TAKE: This funder awards project-specific grants and does not award grants to support general operating costs. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its animal and wildlife grantmaking.

PROFILE: Established by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation aims to “[c]hange the trajectory of people’s lives and strengthen communities through catalytic philanthropy that helps meet or energy needs and address the threat to climate change, promote biodiversity on land and in the seas, give young people access to immersive experiences in art and strengthen education, address the needs of vulnerable populations, and advance scientific and technological breakthroughs around the world. Grantmaking programs include Climate and Energy, Biodiversity, Science and Health and Communities.

Allen’s Biodiversity program supports efforts addressing the illegal killing of animals and wildlife, loss of habitat and conserving wildlife. Past grantees include the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, which received funding for its work combating wildlife trafficking networks and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, which received a grant for its multi-faceted approach to combat elephant killing the ivory trade in Malawi.

Though it is not unusual for the foundation to award multiple multi-million grants, most awards typically fall in the $50,000 to $500,000 range. Although the foundation does not have a grants database, grantseekers can explore the types biodiversity of projects this funder supports by examining some of the projects and programs in its portfolio.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.

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