Mountaineers Foundation: Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Community Grants

The Mountaineers Foundation has shifted the focus area of our Community Grants program to align with our new mission focus.

The Mountaineers Foundation promotes actions and fosters understanding to inspire conservation within the Salish Sea region. We are interested in projects and active programs that preserve and protect environments and living organisms that influence and support the Salish Sea region.

The Salish Sea is the intricate network of coastal waterways that includes the southwestern portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia and the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Washington. Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound.

Map of the Salish Sea by Stefan Freelan

Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009

Our funding criteria for these conservation education grants are based on our by-laws, articles of incorporation, status as an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization, and the wishes of Paul Wiseman, founding member of the Mountaineers Foundation.

We are offering two levels of grants:

  1. Level 1: Community Conservation Education Grants are limited to no more than $5000 and are meant to support modest, short-term projects related to conservation education and consistent with our vision and mission. The Level 1 grants will be offered twice during each calendar year, with grant application deadlines on February 1st and May 1st.
  2. Level 2: The Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant will be approved at a $30,000 limit. We will welcome substantial projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes. These grants should have a high impact or visibility and could span multiple years. The deadline for this grant application is October 1st.

We Support

  • selected projects of 501(c)(3) or of other non-profit organizations and of certain agencies such as libraries and schools;
  • selected projects that involve a variety of community organizations

Projects may include:

  • direct educational programs and materials related to environmental conservation
  • lectures, conferences, seminars
  • written or audiovisual awareness materials
  • curriculum or other instructional materials

We Are Unable to Support

  • for-profit organizations
  • regular operating expenses (e.g. overhead, ongoing or administrative salaries)
  • projects that include legislative lobbying or support candidates for office
  • commercial ventures or feasibility studies that might lead to commercial products or programs
  • fund drives
  • projects that could harm the environment
  • memberships in organizations
  • projects that have no start/end dates
  • projects that repeat established and/or verified studies