The Bay & Paul Foundations: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Bay & Paul Foundations invests in the environment, education, and arts and culture as a matter of “social compact” and as “agents of change.”

IP TAKE: The foundation primarily focuses on environmental giving. It tends to support established, large organizations, primarly for research purposes. However, applicants are welcome to submit an LOI.  

PROFILE: The Bay & Paul Foundations is a name in plural because in 2005 two established sister foundations merged: The Bay Foundation and the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation. They had Josephine Bay Paul in common, who established the former foundation with her first husband, and the latter with her second husband. The foundation seeks to "foster and accelerate initiatives that prepare agents of change working to strengthen our social compact and develop authentic solutions to the challenges of this pivotal century." It invests in ecosystem integrity, art and humanities education, K-12 education, indigenous communities, and arts and culture education

The foundation conducts marine programming through its Research & Initiatives for Ecosystem Integrity focus area. As evidenced by its name, the program prioritizes scientific research and community-based initiatives to "preserve or repair biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, often emphasizing culturally significant natural heritage conservation with economic and social sustainability goals." Past grantees include the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Ocean Foundation among others. Unfortunately, the foundation does not offer further grantee information. Grants range from $10,000 to well over $500,000. 

The foundation funds its environmental giving nationally, and has an open, online LOI process. Biannual deadlines vary, and applicants are advised to check the website for upcoming dates.


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