OVERVIEW: The F.M. Kirby Foundation supports a variety of marine conservation organizations across the United States.
IP TAKE: Although Kirby awards grants or nonprofits all across the United States, it has been prioritizing those located along the eastern seaboard.
PROFILE: Fred Morgan Kirby, a five-and-dime merchant, merged his business with Woolworths in 1912. In 1931, he established the F.M. Kirby Foundation to “[i]nvest in opportunities that foster self-reliance or otherwise create strong, healthy communities.” The foundation awards grants to support a wide range of interests including education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, environment and animal, civic and public affairs, religious affairs and welfare and youth organizations.
Kirby awards marine conservation grants through its environment and animal category. Past marine conservation grantees include the Eno River Association and the Great Swamp Watershed Association. To learn more about the types of environmental conservation organizations the foundation supports and at what level, explore its recent grants list. While Kirby grants can reach to well over $300,000, the majority of awards fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.
The F.M. Kirby Foundation does not have a required grant application format; however, grantseekers may submit unsolicited requests for funding by submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI). The foundation accepts LOIs on a rolling basis throughout the year. Submission made after October 31 are held for grant consideration until the following year.
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