Cornell Douglas Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Cornell Douglas Foundation funds projects and efforts centered on environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, and watershed protection. It accepts proposals year round.

    IP TAKE: This funder supports small and modest-sized organizations. In the past, it has helped with chemical spill clean up that pollutes drinking water. Applicants should carefully review LOI and grant application requirements as this funder offers concise requests. Applications will not be considered without an LOI.

    PROFILE: A small operation situated in Bethesda, Maryland, the Cornell Douglas Foundation has been advocating for the environment since its creation in 2006. Ann Cornell oversees the foundation. She is the granddaughter of Henry A. Wallace, who is remembered as as FDR's Secretary of Agriculture, his vice president, and then an independent progressive candidate for president in 1948. What's less well-known is that Wallace also made a fortune by developing hybrid seeds and founding the first commercial hybrid seed company back in 1926. The foundation seeks to "provide small grants to organizations which promote the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources." It supports environmental and health justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and financial literacy for elementary and high school students.

    The Cornell Douglas Foundation does not maintain specific grant programs preferring a broad approach to grantmaking. 

    Grants range from  $10,000 to $15,000. The foundation offers a partial grantee list. Applicants are advised to closely read the foundation's grant application check list very carefully in order to be considered for funding. The foundation is clear on its preferences.

    Requests must be addressed to Ms. Cynthia Duffy, Executive Director. Also, applications will not be considered without an LOI, 1-2 page project summary, IRS determination letter of 501(c)(3) status, recent 990, project and organizational line item budget, and a list of other sources of support indicating amounts secured and amounts requested.

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