Woodcock Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Woodcock Foundation’s conservation grants focus on land conservation, wildlife habitat preservation, and marine conservation projects.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks conservation organizations contributing to systemic change that is constructive and improves the quality of life of society at large. Grant applicants must emphasize a human benefit for conserving the environment. It does not fund causes purely in support of conservation.

PROFILE: The late philanthropist Polly Guth established the New York-based Woodcock Foundation in 1996. The foundation’s main objective is “[e]ncouraging leadership and entrepreneurship to improve the educational, economic, and environmental situations of those most in need.” Areas of grantmaking interest include social enterprise, economic development, food systems, large landscape conservation, education, media & democracy, gender equality and civil society.

While Woodcock’s grants support a wide variety of land conservation efforts, the foundation also awards grants to support wildlife habitat preservation and marine conservation projects. It does not maintain a distinct grantmaking program dedicated to conservation, preferring to broadly fund conservation efforts. The foundation specifically invests in "community development especially when there is an opportunity to improve the educational, economic and environmental circumstances of communities in need." Grants prioritize organizations that encourage "and reward leadership, foster entrepreneurship, and enhance quality of life." 

Grant amounts typically range from $50,000 to $200,000. Past conservation grantees include the Columbia Land Conservancy, American Friends of Nature, and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. To learn more about the types of organizations Woodcock supports and at what level, explore its grantees page.

The Woodcock Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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