Everglades Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder exclusively supports protection and conservation efforts for the Florida Everglades. It awards grants yearly, and it accepts unsolicited applications.

FUNDING AREAS: Environmental protection and conservation

IP TAKE: This is a single-issue funder that prioritizes collaborative efforts and make matching grants. Grant seekers should pitch a project that will take one year or less and raise public awareness about key Everglades issues.

PROFILE: As the name suggests, the Everglades Foundation seeks to lead “efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem.” If these waterways are restored to their natural, clean state, they can provide safe and reliable drinking water for the people of Florida. Not only is this a local grantmaker, but also an advocate and educator for protecting and restoring this unique and threatened American resource.

The foundation was established in the 1990s by George Barley and Paul Tudor Jones II. Barley was a seventh-generation Floridian from Jacksonville who was president of a real estate firm and served on many environmental boards. He passed away in a plane crash in 1995. Jones is the chairman and CEO of the Tudor Group of companies, and also a founder and director of the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. He is committed to national resource conservation efforts in Florida as well and has a home in Islamorada.

The Everglades Foundation has a yearly grant cycle and supports collaborative efforts to advance restoration of the Everglades. The funder typically makes grants that raise awareness about restoration efforts through communication, community mobilization, and grassroots organizations at the local, state, and national levels. It also supports advocacy campaigns to influence policymakers and the media about specific projects and desired outcomes. Another goal of this foundation is to broaden the base of support for Everglades restoration among businesses, landowners, hunters, and other environmental stakeholders and organizations.

Proposals are due in September for the following year’s grant cycle. The foundation announces awards in December, and it generally does not provide multiyear grants. This is also not a funder that supports lobbying or indirect costs. Current financial data can be viewed here.  

Grant seekers’ first step is to contact the foundation for a pre-proposal discussion before submitting anything in writing. General questions can be directed to the staff at 305-251-0001 or via email at info@evergladesfoundation.org. A grantseeker’s best point of contact is Dawn Shirreffs. She is a senior policy advisor and the grants administrator for the foundation.

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