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.

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 Health; Energy, Climate, & Materials; Deep Green Buildings; Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities; an Environmental Fellowship; and Thought Leadership and Innovation.

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.

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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