Butler Conservation Fund: Grants for Marine and Freshwater Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Butler Conservation Fund solely focuses on environmental conservation, preservation and protection.

IP TAKE: While this funder does not appear to impose geographic restrictions on its funding, it prioritizes organizations located in the Northeastern United States. It lacks transparency, which restricts information about its grantmaking strategies and application process.

PROFILE: Located in Great Neck, New York, the Butler Conservation Fund was established in 1989. The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and has only one formally paid staff member. According to tax filings, Butler strictly focuses on environmental causes.

The foundation supports a variety of environmental conservation projects including land conservation, wilderness conservation and preservation, environmental law and marine and freshwater conservation. Marine conservation grants tend to support projects that work to conserve and protect marine life, freshwater life, bodies of water and wetlands. Past marine conservation grantees include the Mission Blue and the Midcoast Conservancy. Mission Blue also received a grant for its work protecting the world’s oceans and ocean species, while the Midcoast Conservancy received support for its work protecting freshwater habitats, watersheds and land in the Midcoast region of Maine.

Butler Foundation grants can go as high as $1.1 million. The vast majority of grants tend to fall in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. The foundation does not award a large number of grants each year; however, its grants typically support general operating costs rather than specific projects.

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


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Butler Conservation Fund

60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 212

Great Neck, New York 11021