F.M. Kirby Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The F.M. Kirby Foundation support a variety of environmental conservation organizations around the United States.

IP TAKE: Although Kirby awards grants or nonprofits across the United States, those located in the Northeastern United States may have an increased chance in obtaining a grant.

PROFILE: Fred Morgan Kirby, a five-and-dime merchant, merged his business with Woolworth’s in 1912. In 1931, he established the F.M. Kirby Foundation to “[i]nvest in opportunities that foster self-reliance or otherwise create strong, healthy communities.” The foundation awards grants to support a wide range of interests including education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, environment and animals, civic and public affairs, religious affairs and welfare and youth organizations.  

Kirby awards its conservation grants through its environmental and animal grants program. It does not name specific conservation strategies or interests. Past conservation grantees include the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Triangle Land Conservancy.

While Kirby grants can reach to well over $300,000, the majority of awards fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.  To learn more about the types of environmental conservation organizations the foundation supports and at what level, explore its recent grants list.

The F.M. Kirby Foundation does not have a required grant application format; however, grantseekers may submit unsolicited requests for funding by submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI). The foundation accepts LOIs on a rolling basis throughout the year. Submission made after October 31 are held for grant consideration until the following year.

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