Argosy Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Argosy Foundation supports a broad range of conservation efforts across the United States. Its investments include, but are not limited to education, research, the use of new technologies, sustainable design, and advocacy.

IP TAKE: Argosy’s conservation grants tend to support specific programs. This funder awards few grants for general operating expenses.

PROFILE: Co-founder of Boston Scientific, John Abele established the Argosy Foundation in 1997 to “employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches that help people to help themselves, and become self-sustaining whenever possible.” It’s broad mission seeks to make the world a better place to live for all. The foundation prioritizes arts and culture, education, the environment, health, human services, international/foreign affairs, and public/society benefits.

In its conservation grantmaking, Argosy seeks organizations that engage in “research, advocacy, and action on behalf of the environment both locally and nationally.” The foundation also supports collaboration between like-minded organizations and advocacy groups so that they “can more efficiently and effectively pursue their missions.”

Argosy grants can go as high as $650,000. Most, however, tend to remain between $10,000 to $100,000. In the past, Argosy has awarded conservation-related grants to organizations like Living Lands and Waters Restoration and the Conservation Law Foundation. Read more about selected Argosy grantees here. For more information on the foundation, download its latest annual reports.

Argosy does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.


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