Summit Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Summit Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Giving Pledge signatories Roger Sant and his wife Victoria. The foundation conducts its marine conservation grantmaking through its Conserving the Mesoamerican Reef Program. 

IP TAKE: Summit's grantmaking has several geographic priorities, which applicants are advised to research as priorities may change. It also does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals.

PROFILE: Established in 1991, The Summit Foundation is a private family foundation that is committed to a "world where people can thrive and nature can flourish – a world in which one is not sacrificed for the other." It seeks to promote "the health and well-being of the planet – its people and its natural environment – by achieving gender equality, protecting the earth’s biodiversity and making cities livable." The foundation supports empowering girls, sustainable cities, and Mesoamerican Reef.

The Summit Foundation conducts its marine conservation through its Mesamerican Reef program, which focuses exclusively on both land-based and marine issues that threaten the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and the northern coast of Honduras. The program prioritizes grantmaking for projects that address overfishing, mass tourism, and commercial agriculture. It also addresses key local capacity needs including environmental law and advocacy. Recent grantees may be explored here. Grants range from about $40,000 to $200,000, and largely support established, larger organizations.

Summit also supports the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, which "tracks changes in reef health and social well-being through a strong set of commonly agreed indicators that effectively inform management actions." 

Unfortunately for grantseekers, the Summit Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry. 

    PEOPLE:

    • Victoria P. Sant, President
    • Carlos Saavedra, Executive Director and Senior Program Officer, Mesoamerican Reef
    • Darryl Young, Director, Sustainable Cities
    • Jamie Amagai, Grants Administrator

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