The Mountaineers Foundation seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects and active programs that preserve and protect environments and living organisms that influence and support 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. Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound.
Through its Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant program, the foundation will award two grants of up to $15,000 each for substantial projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes. The grants should lead to high impact or visibility for the project and could span multiple years.
Grants will not be awarded for regular operating expenses (e.g., overhead 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; and/or projects that could harm the environment.
To be eligible for a grant, organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The foundation also will consider libraries, schools, and, on occasion, projects by individuals.
See the Mountaineers Foundation website for eligibility criteria and application guidelines.