Common Stream: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: Common Stream awards animal and wildlife grants to organizations operating across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder award both general operating support and project specific grants. It also awards single and multi-year grants.

PROFILE: Based in Massachusetts, Common Stream is a nonprofit that “[b]elieve(s) that people are divided by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and culture because of an unfair distribution of power and resources.” Its grantmaking supports “[b]uilding a progressive movement in the United States in order to realize a vision of justice, ecological integrity, and equality.” Common Stream’s grantmaking programs include ecological sustainability, defense of wild areas, environmental justice, economic justice, youth organizing and LGBT rights.

The foundation generally supports animal and wildlife organizations through its defense of wild areas and ecological sustainability programs. Its defense of wild areas program awards grants to the conservation and protection of forest, water resources, and critical wildlife habitats. This program also awards grants to groups fighting for the “[p]ermanent protection of wild places.” Common Steam’s ecological stability grants support to organizations protecting critical ecosystems and combating environmentally destructive actions.

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $40,000. Past animal and wildlife grantees include the Northeast Wilderness Trust and the Sitka Conservation Society. To learn more about the types of organizations Common Stream Supports and at what level, explore its grants page. 

Common Stream does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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