Bullitt Foundation: Grants for Conservation

 OVERVIEW: The Bullitt Foundation’s conservation grants largely focus on building sustainable and healthy communities.

IP TAKE: Areas of conservation interest for this funder include the efficient use of natural resources, addressing barriers to healthy ecosystems in the scope of regional planning, and developing financial measurements and other tools that encourage ecosystem conservation and protections. It restricts funding to the Emerald Corridor.

PROFILE: Dorothy Bullitt established the Bullitt Foundation in 1952 “to "safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest." The Bullitt Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on the environment and includes the following programs: Regional Ecosystem HealthEnergy, Climate, & MaterialsDeep Green BuildingsResilient Cities, Healthy Communities, and an Environmental Fellowship.

Nearly all of the Bullitt’s grantmaking programs overlap with conservation investments. For example, the Columbia Land Trust received a grant to support its Portland-Vancouver area urban conservation project. Bullitt awarded that grant through its Regional Ecosystem Health program. The Alaska Center for the Environment is also a past grantee, and received a grant for its natural habitat protection work in and around Anchorage, Alaska. Bullitt awarded the Alaska Center’s conservation efforts, however, through its Though Leadership and Innovation program. Applicants are advised to study the foundation’s evolving areas of conservation grantmaking, which change.

Most Bullitt grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Grantseekers should note that while this funder offers a narrow geographic focus, it often supports local and grassroots organizations. To learn more about the types of organizations Bullitt supports and at what level, explore its grants history list.

Bullitt currently restricts its geographic focus to the Emerald Corridor, which defines the region bounded by Vancouver, British Columbia to the north, Portland to the south, and the Cascades to the east. The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. Grantseekers are welcome to submit brief letters of inquiry by March 15 for the fall funding cycle and September 15 for the spring cycle. 

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