Wilburforce Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Wilburforce Foundation seeks to protect animals and wildlife through science-based interventions, advocacy for effective policymaking, and capacity-building efforts to achieve sustainable outcomes.

IP TAKE: Even though Wilburforce does not accept unsolicited applications, it encourages grantseekers to contact program officers. While this funder supports large organizations in animal and wildlife protection and conservation, it also funds smaller organizations.

PROFILE: The Wilburforce Foundation was founded by Rose Letwin in 1991. Throughout her life, Rose “always had a passion for animals” and envisioned a “thriving, interconnected American West that could foster healthy wildlife.” The Wilburforce Foundation invests in science-based interventions, advocates for effective policymaking, and helps its grantees with capacity-building efforts to achieve sustainable outcomes. The foundation’s geographic priorities depend upon the grant program to which an individual or organization is applying. All of the following grant programs support the study of animals and wildlife, as well as habitat protection and conservation.

The Alaska/British Columbia program focuses on five priority regions: Arctic, BC Central Interior, Great Bear Rainforest, Tongass, and Transboundary Watersheds. In the past, the program supported the Wildlife Conservation Society for its work identifying critical wolverine habitats.

The Northwest/Southwest program focuses on three priority regions including: Cascadia, Great Basin, and Southwest Crescent. It has supported the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for its Black-tailed deer camera and trap study.

The Yellowstone/Yukon program covers over 2,000 miles and focuses on five priority regions including the Crown of the Continent, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Inland Rainforest, Salmon-Selway/Hells Canyon, and Y2Y Far North. It has supported Greater Yellowstone Coalition in the past for its wildlife and habitat protection work.

Wilburforce’s range from $10,000 to over $500,000. Most awards fall between $10,000 to $100,000. To learn more about the foundation’s grantees and to get a broader sense of the types of organizations Wilburforce supports, explore its helpful grants database.

Wilburforce does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Grantseekers must first contact the appropriate program officer regarding their work and if the foundation is interested, it will invite the group to submit a full proposal. At that time, deadlines will be announced.


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