Maki Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: Maki funds animal and wildlife organizations that work to protect multiple species, as well as, wildlife habitats.

IP TAKE: This funder’s geographic priorities include organizations working in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

PROFILE: Established in 1981, the Maki Foundation “[s]upports organizations working to improve public lands policy, protect biological diversity, and defend wildlands.” Pronounced Ma-k-há, the Lakota word for “[l]and ground, or earth,” the foundation seeks grassroots and local organizations working within its areas of grantmaking interest.

Maki Foundation grant amounts typically range between $1,000 and $5,000. According to the foundation’s website, it does not generally award grants to organizations with annual budgets over $1 million. Past Maki grantees include the Lobo Coalition, which received a grant for its work to save and protect Mexican gray wolves; and the Craighead Institute, which received support for its work providing wildlife corridors across highways. To learn more about the types of organizations Maki supports, explore its grantee list.

Maki accepts unsolicited grant applications on a rolling basis; however, grantseekers must submit their applications by May 1 for grant consideration in the current year. The foundation encourages first time grantees to contact staff and send a brief letter of inquiry prior to submitting an application.


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