OVERVIEW: The Lawrence Foundation awards grant to environmental organizations located in the United States; however, grantee organizations may operate projects elsewhere in the world.
IP TAKE: This funder makes grants to international organizations as well. Those organizations must be qualified in the United States.
PROFILE: Jeff Lawrence established the Lawrence Foundation in 2000 after Intel acquired his software company Trillium. This private, family foundation supports groups that are “[w]orking to solve pressing environmental, educational, human services, and other issues.” Lawrence mainly focuses its grantmaking on environmental, education and human services causes.
The foundation’s conservation-related grants typically fall under the umbrella of its environmental grantmaking. Past grantees in this space include Earth Economics, an organization dedicated to driving systemic change in a number of environmental areas including land, freshwater, oceans and forests; and the Nature Conservancy, which received funding for its ongoing work protecting and conserving natural resources.
Grant amounts typically fall in the $5,000 to $10,000 range. To learn more about Lawrence Foundation grantees, explore its grant applications list on the website Common Grant Application.
The Lawrence Foundation does not impose any geographic restrictions in its grantmaking and accepts unsolicited grant applications. Deadlines for submissions are April 30 for the June grant cycle and November 1 for the December grant cycle. Deadlines are subject to change so interested parties should keep an eye on the foundation’s website to stay up-to-date on any changes.
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