The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses that seeks to protect threatened wild places in North America for their habitat and recreational values. As a group of outdoor industry companies, the alliance recognizes its responsibility to help protect the wildlands and waterways on which its customers recreate and wildlife thrives.
To that end, the alliance is awarding grants of up to $50,000 to projects that seek to secure the permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wildland or waterway. Priority will be given to landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat. Campaigns also should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort and must have a clear recreational benefit.
In addition, conservation organizations are welcome to apply to the Public Lands Defense Fund. Launched in January 2017, the fund supports organizations working to preserve and defend the integrity of our public lands system. The fund will award grants in support of efforts to defend existing protections for landscapes and waterways on public lands (e.g., national monuments, roadless areas, wilderness study areas, mineral withdrawal areas); defend bedrock conservation laws (e.g., Wilderness Act, Antiquities Act, National Environmental Policy Act); and oppose the proposed transfer of federal lands to the states or into private hands.
To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization. Before applying for funding, an organization must be nominated by one of the alliance's member companies.
Nominations must be received no later than May 1. Upon review, selected nominees will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 1, 2020.
See the Conservation Alliance website for program guidelines, information about how to be nominated by an alliance member, and application procedures.