Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation supports marine conservation organizations around the world; however, it does not award a large number of grants each year.

IP TAKE: Porter seeks organizations that connect their community-based work with individuals.

PROFILE: Founded in 1996, the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation aims to “[f]und innovative projects that foster connections between individuals, communities, the environment and the world at large.” Categories of grantmaking interest include the arts, economic development, education, environment, health and social services. The foundation also has an “other” grant category for projects that do not fit into its other areas of grantmaking interest.

The foundation does not have a program specifically dedicated to marine conservation; however, its grants listings and tax filings indicate an interest in this space. For example, past marine conservation grantees include the Jamaica Environment Trust, which received funding for its Better Beaches for Jamaicans project; and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, which received a grant for its work protecting boundary waters from sulfide mining in Minnesota. To learn more about Porter’s grantees, explore its Recent Grants & Reports page.

The Porter Foundation grants range between $1,000 and $30,000 annually. Grants periods can last anywhere from one to five years. The foundation will not fund a single organization for more than five consecutive years.

The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions in its grantmaking.


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