The Mountaineers Foundation seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects and active programs designed to preserve and protect environments and living organisms in the Salish Sea region, 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. The region's major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound.
Through the Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant program, the foundation will award grants of up to $15,000 for substantial projects that envision significant environmental education benefits and that have carefully articulated goals and outcomes. The grants are intended to drive high impact and/or visibility and could span multiple years.
Grants will not be awarded for regular operating expenses (e.g., overhead, ongoing or administrative salaries), projects that include legislative lobbying or support for candidates for office; commercial ventures or feasibility studies that might lead to commercial products or programs; fund drives; and/or projects that could harm the environment.
To be eligible for a grant, nonprofit organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The foundation also will consider libraries and schools and, on occasion, projects by individuals.
see the Mountaineers Foundation website for eligibility and application guidelines.