Marcus Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Marcus Foundation supports a variety of environmental conservation efforts.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award a larger number of grants per year.

PROFILE: The Marcus Foundation was established in 2009 when it became a separate entity of the Grace and Alan Marcus Foundation. The foundation’s environmental grantmaking focuses on “[s]upporting efforts to change underlying structural obstacles and incentives that hinder efforts to bring sustainable practices to the mainstream.” In 2012, the foundation evaluated its giving priorities, and began to focus on environmental sustainability and food security.

Grant awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000. Past grantees include CERES, which received funding to support its general operating costs, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the Marcus Foundation, explore its brief recent grants list.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals; however, it accepts written inquiries regarding funding in its stated areas of grantmaking interest.


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