New World Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The New World Foundation seeks out marine conservation organizations building “community resilience in the face of climate disruption.”

IP TAKE: This funder supports coalition and movement building organizations across the United States and does not restrict its grantmaking to larger organizations and big cities.

PROFILE: When Anita McCormick Blaine chartered the New World Foundation (NWF) in 1954, she already had a long history of progressive philanthropy. For example, she supported desegregation and efforts to further civil rights in the south. Since McCormick Blaine passed, her granddaughter, Anne Blaine Harrison, has continued McCormick Blaine’s philanthropic wishes and strategies. Today the foundation works to “support leaders and organizations that advance democracy, protect community and build a humane social vision.” NWF’s grantmaking includes the New Majority Fund, Phoenix Fund, the Climate Action Fund, investing in youth, and through its resource lab, offering economic stimulus packages for community organizations. 

NWF conducts its marine conversation grantmaking through its Climate Action Fund, which awards grants to organizations that “aim to reverse the devastating impact on society’s dependence on fossil fuels.” The program’s approach addresses climate change’s affect on the overlap between economics, health, energy, and the environment. NWF seeks marine conservation organizations across the United States such as the Powder River Basin Resource Council and Columbia River Keeper. 

NWF offers a few different types of grants. Its Base Building grants prioritize community-based organizations; Regional and Cluster grants seek to maximize impact in specific grantmaking regions; and its Deepening Grantee Partnerships grants offer continuing support to NWF grantees.

While the foundation does offer a few sizable grants in the $100,000 to $450,000 range, most range from $20,000 to $100,000. NWF does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.


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