Norman Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Norman Foundation supports community based environmental justice and conservation organizations.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award grants to individuals or universities and does not support capital projects, direct social services programs or fundraising efforts.

PROFILE: Although the Norman family members independently contributed to a great many causes during their lifetimes, it wasn’t until the 1960s when the family came together to form the Norman Foundation as a way to help distinguish the family member’s personal and general philanthropy. The Norman Foundation supports “[e]fforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental, and social well-being and that help people control those forces that affect their lives.” Areas of grantmaking in interest include promoting economic justice, preventing toxic waste disposal in communities, and connecting community based economic and environmental justice organizations to like-minded national and international organizations.

In the conservation grantmaking space, the foundation has awarded grants to organizations such as the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, which received funding for its work to stop mountaintop removal mining and protect drinking water; and Owe Aku, which was awarded a grant for its work protecting sacred Lakota water and land. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations the foundation supports, explore its current grants list.

Norman grants typically fall in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry on an ongoing basis and staff members review inquiries throughout the year.


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