Weeden Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Weeden Foundation supports animal and wildlife organizations in the United States and abroad.

IP TAKE: This funder’s grants generally go to support specific projects and programs rather than general operating costs.

PROFILE: Frank Weeden established the Weeden Foundation in 1963 and “[e]mbraced the protection of biodiversity as its main priority.” The foundation later expanded its grantmaking interests to address [p]opulation growth, and over-consumption...in order to more fully address the factors driving biological impoverishment.” Weeden’s current funding programs include domestic biodiversity, international biodiversity, land acquisition, population, and consumption.

The Weeden Foundation’s animal and wildlife grants address the protection and habitat expansion of endangered species, key wildlife corridors and establishing new wilderness protections. Weeden’s current geographical focus areas are the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion in Northern California; High Divide in southwest Montana; the Altai Republic in Russia, and Chilean Patagonia. In the past, the foundation has supported projects in “environmentally sensitive” regions of the western United States, Alaska, Russia, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Belize, Namibia, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Weeden grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000 with the average size grant being between $15,000 and $20,000. Animal and wildlife organizations that have received grants from Weeden in the past include the American Bird Conservancy, which received multiple grants for its project expanding the Tanagers Reserve in Columbia; and Panthera, which received funding for its Jaguar Corridor Initiative. To learn more about the types of organizations the foundation supports and at what level, explore its grantee list.

The Weeden Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications through its online application system.


  • Don A. Weeden, Executive Director

  • Peggy Kennedy, Research and Administrative Assistant