G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation supports marine protection, conservation, and research projects.

IP TAKE: This foundation typically funds larger marine laboratories, institutions, and organizations. The application process takes around four to six weeks.

PROFILE: Georg Unger Vetlesen founded the G.Unger Vetlesen Foundation in 1955. The foundation seeks to “[v]oluntarily [aid] and [contribute] to scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, and its relation to the universe.”

While the foundation does not have a dedicated marine conservation program, its annual reports indicate a commitment to studying marine life and aquatic ecosystems. In the past, the Vetlesen supported the Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s Save the Sound Program and the Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

The majority of Vetlesen’s grants range from $25,000 to $250,000. To learn more about Vetlesen grantees and to get a broader sense of the types of programs the foundation supports and at what level, examine its past grants lists.

The G. Unger Vetlesen foundation awards both project specific and general operating support grants. It accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Grantseekers must submit their applications via the foundation’s online application form.


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