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

Constellation Seeks Applications for E2 Energy to Education Grants

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Grants up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of local community projects to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology, and inspire them to think differently about energy.

Mountaineers Foundation Seeks Proposals for Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to projects or programs that preserve and protect environments and living organisms that influence and support the Salish Sea region of the Pacific Northwest. Two grants will be awarded to projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Grants

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Grants are awarded in support of projects that address the foundation’s priorities from a holistic perspective, including projects that help protect Earth’s beauty and bounty; that contribute to robust, healthy food systems; that increase opportunities for outdoor activity; that reduce environmental health hazards; and/or that build stronger communities. Research projects are not supported.

New! Whitehall Foundation Invites LOIs for Bioscience Research Projects

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Grants of up to $225,000 over three years will be awarded in support of dynamic areas of basic biological research not heavily supported by federal agencies or foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.

New! Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Seeks Applications for Environmental Studies Grants

  • Deadline: October 2, 2018 (pre-proposal)
  • Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded in support of environmental curricula that empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems.  Proposals should demonstrate a holistic approach; synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles); include experiential integrated learning and problem solving; and be founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design.

Radcliffe Institute Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program

  • Deadline: October 4, 2018
  • Fellowships of up to $77,500 over twelve months will be awarded to individuals to pursue a project within the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard during the fellowship year, which runs from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020. This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows.

New! NFWF Issues RFP for Hawaii Conservation Program Grants

  • Deadline: October 11, 2018
  • The National Fish and Wildlife Program has issued a Request for Proposals for its Hawaii Working Lands Conservation grant program, which provides grants on a competitive basis to increase technical assistance capacity with respect to the implementation of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Landscape Conservation Initiatives in Hawaii. Grants totaling $225,000 will be awarded.

Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects

  • Deadline: 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.

Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine and Microbial Ecology and Evolution 

  • Deadline: November 6, 2018 (letters of intent)
  • Grants of $180,000 per year, for three years, will be given with the purpose of helping to launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling, or theory.

New! Course Hero, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Announce New Round of Higher Ed Teaching Awards

  • Deadline: November 9, 2018
  • Created by Course Hero and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellowships were conceived as “genius grants” for tenure-track faculty who balance scholarly excellence and outstanding undergraduate teaching practices. The newly expanded program will provide eight fellowships, with four awarded to scholars working toward tenure ($30,000 each, including $20,000 to engage a research or teaching assistant and $10,000 toward their own research and travel). In addition, four fellowships offering $20,000 each will be awarded to instructors who are not in a tenure-track position.

American Honda Foundation Limited Submission Opportunity

  • Deadline: December 6, 2018 (Office of Research internal deadline)
  • Awards of $75,000 will be made to projects that support youth education with a specific focus on STEM subjects in addition to the environment. This is a limited submission opportunity; please contact Rob Wood ( or Lauren Honaker ( if you are interested in applying.

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.

New! 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.

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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