BAND Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The BAND Foundation awards grants to a wide variety of animal and wildlife protection and conservation organizations across the globe.

IP TAKE: In the animal and wildlife conservation space, the foundation focus on underfunded issues and those receiving little funding attention from donors.

PROFILE: Burks and Anthony Lapham, along with their children Nicholas and David, established the BAND Foundation in 1999 to advance their family’s philanthropy. The foundation takes a “[f]lexible, risk-tolerant approach to grantmaking through which it seeks to provide timely support to critical issues, catalyze effective partnerships and unlock larger financial flows from public and private resources.” Grantmaking programs consist of Nature Conservation, Epilepsy Research & Education and Climate Change.

BAND’s Nature Conservation program supports organizations instituting innovative and replicable conservation models, combating the “[u]rgent declines of targeted wildlife and plant communities” and those building a larger and more forceful conservation movement.

BAND Foundation grants typically range from $50,000 to $150,000. Past animal and wildlife grantees include Friends of Kenya Wildlife Trust, which received funding for its Building Next Generation Impact Across the Maasai Mara’s Community Conservancies project; and Birdlife International for its Preventing Poisoning to Save Africa’s Vultures project. To learn more about BAND grantees in this space, explore its list of select grantees.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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