Common Stream: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: Common Stream awards conservation grants to organizations operating across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder award both general operating support and project specific grants. It also awards single and multi-year grants. Common Stream prefers a broad-approach to funding conservation efforts and does not name specific interests; it's Defense of the Wild program appears to fund institutes as well and to prioritize mid-sized organizations.  

PROFILE: Based in Massachusetts, Common Stream is a nonprofit that “[b]elieve(s) that people are divided by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and culture because of an unfair distribution of power and resources.” Its grantmaking supports “[b]uilding a progressive movement in the United States in order to realize a vision of justice, ecological integrity, and equality.” Common Stream’s grantmaking programs include ecological sustainability, defense of wild areas, environmental justice, economic justice, youth organizing and LGBT rights.

The foundation conducts conservation grantmaking through both its ecological sustainability and defense of wild areas programs. The programs support organizations that seek to protect critical ecosystems and combat environmentally destructive actions. Its defense of wild areas program supports forest and water conservation and protection as well as critical wildlife habitats. Finally, Common Stream’s environmental justice program supports organizations combating “[e]nvironmental racism and classism in order to foster health and sustainable communities.”

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $40,000. Past conservation grantees include the Chelsea Green Space and Recreation Committee and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. To learn more about the types of organizations Common Stream Supports and at what level, explore its grants page.  

Common Stream does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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