Scherman Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Scherman Foundation focuses its conservation related grantmaking on sustainability, building a green economy, and sustainable drinking water.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards general operating support grants; however, it considers awards to support specific projects. Scherman does not award grants for land conservation or projects that focus beyond the United States.

PROFILE: Harry Scherman, founder of the Book-of-the-Month Club, established the Scherman Foundation in 1941. Operating on the belief that “[a]n engaged population creates multiple paths to equitable, sustainable, and structural social change,” Scherman supports nonprofits working in the fields of the artsenvironmentgovernmental transparency and accountabilityhuman rights and libertiesreproductive rights and justice, and strengthening New York communities.

The foundation’s environment program commits its grantmaking to organizations that “present holistic, integrated solutions and address multiple problems,” related to urban sustainability, building a green economy, and sustainable drinking water. Although the Scherman Foundation has increased its climate change grantmaking over the past 15 years, it still supports conservation related efforts around the country. Areas of interest in this field include, but are not limited to, suburban sprawl mitigation, creating green jobs, and biodiversity.

Conservation grants through the foundation’s high-impact Rosin Fund range between $100,000 and $250,000 per year over the course of one to three years. Grants through the Core Fund average $35,000 over two years. Past conservation program grantees include the Earthworks and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations the Scherman Foundation supports, explore its current grantees list. 

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year for both the Rosin Fund and Core Fund.


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