Charlotte Martin Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Charlotte Martin Foundation supports marine conservation organizations concerned with sustainably preserving marine habitats and ecosystems.

IP TAKE: This foundation does not fund organizations that do not address wildlife and habitat preservation in their mission statements. This rule applies to marine habitats as well.

PROFILE: Established in 1987, the Charlotte Martin Foundation honors the legacy of its namesake Charlotte Martin. The foundation, which is based in Seattle, prioritizes giving to organizations located in the Pacific Northwest. It supports youth-focused athleticscultureeducation and wildlife and habitat preservation.

The foundation’s wildlife and habitat program “protect[s] and restore[s] vital ecosystems especially in the face of a changing climate with the long-term aim of preserving biodiversity” in the Pacific Northwest in the region.” It emphasizes giving to organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Martin’s Wildlife and Habitat program supports wildlife conservation organizations that promote “healthy and diverse wildlife populations and habitat.” In regards to marine conservation, the foundation prioritizes organizations that “can make a significant difference in educating the public, restoring important lands for biodiversity, and protecting marine and freshwater environments.

The foundation does not award grants for over $25,000 to nonprofits that submit unsolicited applications. The majority of grants range from $5,000 to $15,000. To learn more about Martin grantees and to get a broader sense of the types of programs the foundation supports and at what level, examine its recent grant listings.

The foundation typically awards project specific rather than general operating support grants. It accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding during its two funding cycles. The spring cycle opens on February 1 and closes on March 1. The fall funding cycle opens on August 1 and closes on September 1. Grantseekers must submit their applications via the foundation’s online application form.

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