Waterloo Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Waterloo Foundation supports organizations that improve fish stocks, protecting tropical rainforests, and halting the practice of deforestation.

IP TAKE: Waterloo prioritizes UK-based organizations. Those based outside of the UK must provide the name or names of a person or persons that can provide the foundation with references regarding their work.

PROFILE: Heather and David Stevens founded the U.K.-based Waterloo Foundation in 2007 with a gift of Admiral Insurance shares valued at £99 million at the time. The Stevens’s were part of a small group who launched Admiral in 1993. The foundation is “[m]ost interested in projects that help globally, with a particular focus on the disparity of opportunities, wealth and unsustainable use of the world’s natural resources.” Grantmaking programs include World Development, Environment, Child Development, and Wales.

Waterloo’s Environment program seeks organizations that combat widespread environmental damage. In the marine conservation space, the foundation seeks organizations combating declining fish stocks in developing countries, international and regional marine policy, sustainable fishing practices and eradicating illegal and unrelated fishing. Past marine conservation grantees include Blue Ventures, which received support for its work with coastal communities in Madagascar and Belize; and Oceana, which received a grant for its work related to ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems, and protecting endangered marine species.

Grants amounts typically range from $80,000 to $160,000. To learn more about the types of organizations Waterloo supports, explore its grants programs page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding. Deadlines for marine-related submissions are March 1 and September 1. The foundation often supports large charities with the capacity to undertake and execute substantial and transformative projects.


  • Heather Stevens, Chair of Trustees

  • David Stevens, Trustee

  • Janet Alexander, Trustee

  • Caroline Oaks, Trustee