George Family Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The George Family Foundation supports environmental organizations that work in Minnesota, Vail Valley, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

IP TAKE: This funder supports community-based conservation organizations more often than national organizations.

PROFILE: Penny and Bill George established the George Family Foundation in 1994 to “[f]oster wholeness in mind, body, spirit, and community by developing authentic leaders and supporting transformative programs serving the common good.” The foundation’s grantmaking programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Authentic Leadership, Spirituality & Mindfulness, Youth Development, Environment, and Community.

The George Family Foundation’s Environment program supports organizations cultivating a “[d]eep value and appreciation for nature and the environment, and preserve natural spaces for the sake of human beings.” The foundation broadly awards grants to environmental groups working in both urban and rural areas and does not name specific areas of environmental funding interest.

Environmental grants generally range from $10,000 to $40,000. Past conservation grantees include the National Parks Conservation Association, which received support for its work at Yellowstone and for its Midwest Campaign; and the Eagle Valley Land Trust, which received a general operating support grant to help preserve Eagle County’s wildlife habitats and open ranchlands. To learn more about what types of environmental organizations the foundation supports and at what level, explore its grantees list.

The George Family Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications for its Environment program and accepts submissions throughout the year. Applicants should expect foundation staff to contact within 30 to 45 days should they be invited to submit a full grant proposal.

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