The Corporate and Foundation Relations team at the College of the Environment facilitates organizational partnerships on behalf of the College and all departmental units and programs.

We work with faculty, staff, and administrators, to help identify and approach potential funding sources, plan and coordinate solicitations, assist in inquiries and grant proposals, gather supporting materials, help in campus visits, and obtain institutional signatures.

Current Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Nathan Cummings Foundation Accepting Applications for Climate Crisis, Inequality Fellowships

  • Deadline: December 14, 2018
  • Provides three individuals with up to $150,000 each over eighteen months to pursue a visionary social justice, economic justice, and/or climate change objective.

Temper of the Times Foundation Invites Applications for Environmental Marketing Expenses

  • Deadline: December 15, 2018
  • Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States.

PADI Foundation Accepting Applications for Aquatic Research and Education

  • Deadline: January 6, 2019
  • Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to research and education projects related to understanding and protecting aquatic environments.

New! National Geographic Society Grant Opportunities in Sustainability

  • Deadline: January 9, 2019
  • Grants of up to $100,000 for specific RFPs, up to $10,000 for Early Career Grants, and up to $30,000 for Exploration Grants will be awarded to support some of the world’s most cutting-edge projects focused on developing sustainable solutions to the problems resulting from the conflict between a growing society and the environment through conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology.

New! Captain Planet Foundation Accepting Applications for Ecotech Grants

  • Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Grants of $2,500 will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations in support of projects that motivate children to use nature-based design or technology to address an environmental problem in their communities.

Google Accepting Applications for AI for Social Good Initiative 

  • Deadline: January 22, 2019
  • Grants of between $500K-2M will be awarded to universities and nonprofits that have research ideas that can be expanded by using artificial intelligence and other technology to solve problems.

Herb Society of America Accepting Applications for Research Projects

  • Deadline: January 31, 2019
  • Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herbs throughout history.

New! Rose Foundation Invites Applications for Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

  • Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to environmental projects in Northern California that tackle issues such as toxic pollution, urban sprawl, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and environmental degradation of rivers and wild places.

New! J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers

  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 will be awarded in support of the writing, research, editing, and other functions to support the production on nonfiction manuscripts in a wide range of disciplines.

SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Accepting Applications for Wildlife Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to projects related to species research, habitat protection, conservation education, and animal rescue and rehabilitation.

New! Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to projects aimed at securing permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wildland or waterway with clear habitat and recreation benefits.

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program Accepting Proposals

  • Deadline: Rolling Applications
  • The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides financial support to its communities in one or more of its funding areas, including education (with a focus on STEM disciplines), environmental sustainability, and community safety and vitality.

Waitt Foundation Accepting Proposals for Rapid Ocean Conservation Small Grants Program

  • Deadline: Rolling Applications
  • Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support projects related to the foundation’s mission of supporting sustainable fishing and marine protected areas.

Corporate and Foundation Resources

Other services provided by our office include:

  • Introducing faculty to corporate and foundation donors and prospects
  • Providing insights (past giving to UW, connections at UW, giving priorities, etc.) into key corporate and foundation supporters
  • Prospect research
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on letters of inquiry, proposals, and budgets
  • Assisting with routing proposals through OSP and Gift Services
  • Assisting with site visits
  • And more!

For more information on working with corporations and foundations, including proposal tips and writing suggestions, please visit the Central UW CFR website.

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