The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation supports the environment, the arts, education, health and housing.

IP TAKE: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation takes a broad approach to its grantmaking, and remains open to organizations that make the most compelling applications. There are no geographic restrictions and the foundation boasts an open application. 

PROFILE: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1965 to honor Max Dreyfus, a preeminent publisher of American music. Dreyfus was a power house in American music and partnered with Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe, for starters. While the foundation does not have a specific mission or giving programs, it "supports worthwhile activities for which an organization has made a compelling case to receive funding.” It invests in the environment, the arts, education, health and housing.

Even though the foundation prefers a broad approach to its grantmaking, it supports marine conservation. Indeed, it has supported watershed, water protection, coastal conservation, and overfishing efforts in the past. Former grantees include Clean Ocean Action for its watershed protection programs, and he Surfrider Foundation for its Clean Water Initiative.

Applicants must provide a “compelling case” to establish how Dreyfus support will make a substantial difference in their project's success. Dreyfus offers smaller grants between $1,000 and $20,000, which may be used for general operating support, capital campaigns, and program support anywhere in the United States. 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has an open application process with two deadlines: May and November. Applicants may also contact the foundation directly provided they follow LOI directions. 

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