Paul M. Angell Family Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation's marine conservation grants focuses on supporting the world's oceans and marine species. It is specifically interested in  focuses in on the protection of the world’s oceans and species. 

IP TAKE: While Angell prioritizes local giving to performing arts and social causes, much of its grantmaking also supports oceans around the world.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation honors the memory of its namesake Paul Angell. The foundation seeks to “advance society through performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty.” It dedicates programs to each, as well. 

The Angell Family Foundation's marine conservation grantmaking supports efforts to protect the world's oceans and iconic marine species. The foundation provides general operating grants, grants supporting specific programs, and education grants towards marine work that:

  • Supports the creation of Marine Protected Areas.

  • Encourages sustainable fisheries management.

  • Eliminates illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

  • Conserves the world’s shark and ray species.

  • Limits plastics pollution and other ocean debris.

  • Preserves coral species and ecosystems.

Past Angell marine conservation grantees include the Coral Reef Foundation, Oceana's Campaign to Stop Seafood Fraud, and Environmental Law & Policy Center's Initiative to Protect Waterways from Toxic Coal Ash. Paul M. Angell Family Foundation grants typically fall in the $25,000 to $50,000 range. To get a broader sense of the types of theater grants the foundation awards, explore its searchable grants database

The foundation geographically restricts its grantmaking to the Chicago, Illinois area, the Mid-Atlantic Region, and the Cleveland, Ohio area. Eligible organizations may apply through the foundation’s online application system. Angell accepts letters of inquiry in mid-October and mid-March with grant decisions made in late May and late November, respectively.


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