Kingfisher Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Kingfisher Foundation’s grantmaking largely revolves around sustainable fisheries management and protecting fish ecosystems.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations addressing the economic and environmental impact of sustainable fisheries management.

PROFILE: Founded in 1998, the California-based Kingfisher Foundation aims to “[r]estore and preserve the health and resilience of marine fish populations through the reduction of illegal, destructive and economically unviable fishing practices.” The foundation also supports organizations working on economic incentives and public policymaking promoting sustainable fishery management and effective conservation efforts.

Specific areas of marine conservation funding includes promoting fisheries management systems that link profits to the long-term health and resilience of ecosystems; innovative risk management policies and incentives that balance short term costs with long term fisheries management; promoting healthier fish populations and championing promising and innovative ideas that help to achieve these main goals.

Kingfisher is a modest sized funder that does not award many grants each year, often fewer than 15. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $150,000. Past grantees include the Ocean Conservancy and Concept Hatchery. The foundation limits its marine conservation grantmaking to organizations working on the Pacific Coast of North America and the tropical coral reef fisheries of the Pacific.

The Kingfisher Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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