Blue Moon Fund: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Blue Moon Fund is the environmental conservation arm of the former W. Alton Jones Foundation. Its grantmaking focuses on mitigating climate change, as well as issues that touch on this area, most notably coastal conservation. 

IP TAKE: Blue Moon likes to take risks and think big, while paying close attention to human well-being and market mechanisms. It accepts applications by invitation only.

PROFILE: The W. Alton Jones Foundation dissolved in 2001, and the Blue Moon Fund was born. Launched in April 2002 by Diane Edgerton Miller and Patricia Jones Edgerton—the granddaughter and daughter of the late W. Alton Jones, respectively—the Blue Moon Fund was one of three new foundations that emerged from the defunct W. Alton Jones’ Foundation’s remaining $400 million endowment. Now a thriving operation in its own right, Blue Moon carries on its predecessor foundation’s legacy of sponsoring environmental conservation and stewardship both nationwide and across the globe.

The fund focuses on investment in strategic, initiative-based cutting-edge ideas for saving the planet. It takes what it calls a "holistic" approach to supporting programs and investments, and it's not averse to taking a risk, if the payoff could be significant. It funds very diverse programs and efforts, such as restoring coastal wetlands, helping coastal communities prepare for floods, developing best practices around responsible development, and more.

The Blue Moon Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of interest.