Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation supports environmental conservation organizations around the world; however, it does not award many grants each year.

IP TAKE: Porter seeks organizations willing to foster connections between individuals and communities and those that are innovative, inspirational and effective.

PROFILE: Founded in 1996, the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation aims to “[f]und innovative projects that foster connections between individuals, communities, the environment and the world at large.” Categories of grantmaking interest include the arts, economic development, education, environment, health and social services. The foundation also has an “other” grant category for projects that do not fit into its other areas of grantmaking interest.

The Porter Foundation grants range between $1,000 and $30,000 annually. Grants periods can last anywhere from one to five years. The foundation will not fund a single organization for more than five consecutive years. Past environmental conservation grantees include the Xerces Society, which received funding for its Pollinator Conservation on Upper Midwest Farms project; and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, which received a grant for its Conservation Credits-Buying into Reforestation project in Madagascar. To learn more about Porter’s conservation grantees, explore its Recent Grants & Reports page.

The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions in its grantmaking.

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