Van Sloun Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Van Sloun Foundation invests in a variety of conservation efforts, which include those related to water and land.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to award unrestricted grants rather than those that are project specific.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Van Sloun Foundation prefers to maintain a low public profile. As a result, it does not operate a website and only has one paid employee. The foundation, however, is based in Westport, Massachusetts. The foundation also prefers a broad approach to its grantmaking. According to its tax filings, the foundation supports an array of nonprofits located around the United States, including those conducting environmental conservation works. 

Grant amounts tend to be modest, typically ranging from $1,000 to $20,000; the foundation does not award a large number of conservation grants each year. Past conservation grantees include the Westport River Watershed Alliance and the Minnesota Land Trust. Van Sloun does not state explicit geographic locations, but it tends to prioritize funding local and regional nonprofits located in its home state of Massachusetts. However, this funder has also awarded grants to NGOs located in New York, Maine, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Minnesota, among others. While it supports smaller organizations within its geographic scope, it tends to prioritize larger organizations beyond Massachusetts.

According to its tax filings, the Van Sloun Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. There are no submission deadlines and grantseekers should send their applications to the address provided below.


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Van Sloun Foundation

Attn: Neil Van Sloun

Scotch Pine Lane P.O. Box 116

Westport, MA 02791

(508) 636-4573