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

Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018 (summer cycle) or November 1, 2018 (winter cycle)
  • Grants up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of projects that seek to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway with clear habitat benefits.

NEW! NFWF Accepting Pre-Proposals for Fisheries Innovation Fund

  • Deadline: May 14, 2018
  • Grants of $50,000-100,000 will be awarded to foster innovation and support effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable fisheries in the U.S. Priority will be given to projects in one of four focal fisheries: New England groundfish fishery, West Coast groundfish fishery, the Gulf of Mexico reef fishery, and the Gulf of Alaska halibut and groundfish fisheries.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites Letters of Intent

  • Deadline: May 31, 2018 (LOI)
  • Grants will be awarded to projects and programs with the potential to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children.

Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation – limited submission

  • Deadline: May 31, 2018 (Office of Research internal deadline)
  • Grants of $50,000 will be made to applicants in the Greater Puget Sound region, in organizations emphasizing scientific, medical, religious, artistic, and literary or educational purposes. UW may put forward one proposal, and the Office of Research will require an LOI and additional details from interested applicants. Please contact Liz Exell ( for further details.

NEW! The 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

  • Deadline: May 31, 2018
  • The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry—chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Award amount is $250,000.

EREF Accepting Applications for Sustainable Solid Waste Management Research

  • Deadline (pre-proposal): June 1, 2018
  • Grants ranging from $15,000 to $500,000 will be awarded for research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices.

Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology

  • Deadline: June 15, 2018
  • Postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. Awards are for three years, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000 and an annual allowance of up to $25,000.

Paul N. Angell Foundation Invites Applications for Ocean Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: June 25, 2018 (LOI deadline)
  • Priority areas include: Marine Protected Areas, sustainable fisheries management, eliminating illegal fishing, conserving shark and ray species, limiting pollution, and preserving coral.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund Accepting Applications

  • Deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Grants up to $25,000 will be awarded to support plant, animal, and fungi species conservation efforts, with priority given to in situ species conservation work, with the fund considering ex situ projects where the survival of the species is concerned.

NEW! 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.

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 please contact: Lauren Honaker, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations,, 206-685-4423. For more information on working with corporations and foundations, including proposal tips and writing suggestions, please visit the Central UW CFR website.