Butler Conservation Fund: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Butler Conservation Fund’s grantmaking broadly centers on environmental conservation causes.

IP TAKE: While this funder does not appear to impose geographic restrictions on its funding (according to tax filings), it prioritizes organizations located in the Northeastern region of the United States. It lacks transparency, which restricts information about grantmaking strategies and the application process.

PROFILE: Located in Great Neck, New York, the Butler Conservation Fund was established in 1989. The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and has only one formally paid staff member. According to tax filings, however, Butler strictly focuses its grantmaking on environmental causes.

The foundation supports a variety of environmental conservation projects including those involving land conservation, wilderness conservation and preservation and environmental law. Past grantees include the Land Trust Alliance and the Idaho Conservation League.

Butler Foundation grants can go as high as $1.1 million. The vast majority of grants tend to fall in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. The foundation does not award a large number of grants each year; however, its grants typically go to support general operating costs rather than specific projects.

The Butler Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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CONTACT:

Butler Conservation Fund

60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 212

Great Neck, New York 11021