OVERVIEW: The Wilburforce Foundation seeks to protect marine life and their habitats by investing in science-based interventions, advocating for effective policymaking, and supporting capacity building efforts to achieve sustainable outcomes.
IP TAKE: Marine conservation funding is competitive. However, Wilburforce also supports smaller organizations.
PROFILE: The Wilburforce Foundation was founded in 1991. It supports “organizations and individuals that are committed to protecting wild places and the wildlife that depend on them.” The foundation supports science-based interventions, which center on combining marine and wildlife expertise from a variety of disciplines. Wilburforce also funds policymaking advocacy and capacity building efforts to achieve sustainable outcomes.
The program to which grantseekers should apply depends on their location.
The Alaska/British Columbia program focuses on five priority regions: Arctic, BC Central Interior, Great Bear Rainforest, Tongass, and Transboundary Watersheds.
The Northwest/Southwest program focuses on three priority regions including: Cascadia, Great Basin, and Southwest Crescent.
The Yellowstone/Yukon program covers over 2,000 miles focusing on five priority regions including the Crown of the Continent, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Inland Rainforest, Salmon-Selway/Hells Canyon, and Y2Y Far North.
Grants through Wilburforce range anywhere from $10,000 to over $500,000. Awards range from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past, it funded the New Venture’s program Salmon State: Transboundary and Tongass.
To learn more about the foundation’s grantees, explore its helpful grants database.
Wilburforce does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Grantseekers must first contact the appropriate program officer regarding their work and if the foundation is interested, it will invite the group to submit a full proposal. At that time, deadlines will be announced.
Paul Beaudet, Executive Director
Wendy Vanasselt, Program Officer, Alaska/British Columbia Program
Denise Jones, Program Officer, Northwest/Southwest Program
Liz Bell, Program Officer, Yellowstone/Yukon Program