Laird Norton Family Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Laird Norton Family Foundation seeks watershed conservation groups working in Washington and Oregon.

IP TAKE: While the foundation occasionally considers multi-year awards, grant periods do not typically exceed one year.

PROFILE: The Laird and Norton families’ philanthropy began in 1940, when descendants of William Laird and Matthew and James Norton established the Briarcombe Fund. The Laird Norton Company donated $25 million to the Laird Norton Family Foundation. The foundation funds arts in education, climate change, global fundamentals, sapling fund, and watershed stewardship.

The Laird Norton’s watershed stewardship program “invests in collaborative, community-let watershed restoration with the goal of making measureable improvements in the ecosystems of watersheds.” The foundation is currently addressing the Hood Canal in Washington, Upper Deschutes in Oregon, and Rogue watersheds in Oregon. The Hood Canal Coordinating Council and the Rogue Basin Partnership are past Laird Norton grantees. Grants typically range from $20,000 to $50,000. To learn more about the types of watershed conservation organizations the foundation supports, explore its recent grants list.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. However, it accepts “brief inquiries” from groups whose work aligns with the foundation’s climate change priorities.

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