Maki Foundation: Grants for Marine and Freshwater

OVERVIEW: The Maki Foundation’s marine and freshwater grants focus on river and water basin protection and conservation.

IP TAKE: This funder’s geographic priorities include organizations working in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

PROFILE: Established in 1981, the Maki Foundation “[s]upports organizations working to improve public lands policy, protect biological diversity, and defend wildlands.” Pronounced Ma-k-há, the Lakota word for “[l]and ground, or earth,” the foundation seeks grassroots and local organizations working within its areas of grantmaking interest.

Maki Foundation grant amounts typically range between $1,000 and $5,000. According to the foundation’s website, it does not generally award grants to organizations with annual budgets of over $1 million. Marine and freshwater organizations receiving past support include Friends of Clearwater, which received funding for its work protecting the Clearwater Basin; and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, which received a grant for its Clean Water for Salmon and People project. To learn more about the types of organizations Maki supports, explore its grantee list.

Maki accepts unsolicited grant applications on a rolling basis; however, grantseekers must submit their applications by May 1 for grant consideration in the current year. The foundation encourages first time grantees to contact staff and send a brief letter of inquiry prior to submitting an application.

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