Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck (PCLB) Foundation supports conservation efforts in Upstate New York, the Hudson River Valley, and throughout Connecticut. 

IP TAKE: The PCLB Foundation prioritizes organizations in Upstate New York and Connecticut. It does not accept unsolicited proposals, but welcomes prospective first time applicants to contact the office to discuss applying.

PROFILE:  Founded in 1999, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation seeks to "improve the quality of life in the communities it serves." Peter Buck was a nuclear physicist before co-founding Subway Restaurants. Subway has grown to become the largest restaurant chain in the world and Buck still owns half of the company. The foundation prioritizes education, medical, journalism, and land conservation, among other key areas.

PCLB addresses conservation through a program dedicated to land conservation, which seeks to "support organizations that have the expertise and capacity to work collaboratively with partners to preserve, connect, and develop open space for meaningful outdoor experiences; to protect productive farmland; and to advance land conservation through advocacy and training."

The program largely prioritizes organizations in Connecticut and New York’s Hudson Valley; however, it funds organizations across the United States. Paste conservation grantees include the Black Rock Forest Consortium, among many others. For a complete list of grantees, click here.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals but rather prefers that nonprofits reach out to program staff. Sometimes this can turn into on-site visits. Also, the foundation does award some project grants, but most are for general operating support.


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