Seeking private funding for your project or program? Below are recent corporate and foundation opportunities. If your project fits the criteria or you have other thoughts on how to engage corporate and foundation funders please contact Chris Thompson, Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 206-221-6372 or or Lauren Honaker, Associate Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at 206-685-4423 or

Materials Research Society: Mid-Career Researcher Award

Award amount: $5,000.

Deadline: August 1

Description: The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. It is intended to honor an individual who is between the ages of 40 and 52 at the time of nomination. The award recipient must also demonstrate notable leadership in the materials area.

For more information or to apply, visit the Materials Research Society webpage.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry

Award amount: $120,000.

Deadline: August 11

Description: The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program. The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry. Applications are accepted from principal investigators who have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow is usually not already identified nor in the principal investigator’s lab at the time of application. Note: award recipients must wait two years from the conclusion of an award before being eligible to reapply.

For more information or to apply, visit The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation website.

Hawaii Community Foundation: Letters of Intent for Coastal Restoration Projects

Award amount: $50,000.

Deadline: August 29

Description: The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) and its partners are pleased to announce year five of the Community Restoration Partnership, a funding opportunity for on-the-ground coastal and marine restoration projects led by local community groups that improve ecosystem function. Goals of the Partnership include supporting quality restoration projects that ensure healthy and sustainable fishery resources, advancing innovative restoration techniques, engaging local communities in active environmental stewardship, encouraging collaboration between public, private, and agency partners, and encouraging science-based monitoring to evaluate restoration project success. Requests of up to $50,000 will be considered for any specific coastal restoration project, and restoration work should be completed over a period of 12 months from date of grant award.

For more information or to apply, visit the Hawaii Community Foundation website.

Mountaineers Foundation: Projects to Research and Conserve Pacific Northwest Wilderness

Award amount: $5,000.

Deadline: September 1

Description: Through its Community Grants program, the foundation provides support for modest, short-term projects. Eligible projects include studies that will yield new data aimed at protecting wilderness and wildlife in the Northwest; biological, economic, legal, or policy studies; direct educational programs and materials related to environmental preservation; lectures, conferences, and seminars; written and audiovisual awareness materials; curriculum and other instructional materials; publication of conference proceedings and journal articles; seed or pilot studies that can be continued with funding from other sources; and selected capital improvement projects (e.g., restoration; assistance in purchasing equipment/materials).

For more information or to apply, visit the Mountaineers Foundation website.

Gates Foundation: Proposals for African Agricultural Research Projects

Award amount: $500,000.

Deadline: September 7

Description: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Sustainable productivity includes tackling the underlying social and economic determinants of productivity, such as gender equity, environmental issues, and healthy, diverse diets. With this call, they are looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent). The 2014 PEARL call is restricted to proposals relevant to staple crops grown in Africa (please note they hope to offer future competitive opportunities for livestock research, but livestock-related proposals will not be considered in the current call).

For more information or to apply, visit the Gates Foundation website.

Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities

Award amount: $2,500.

Deadline: September 30

Description: The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through active hands-on projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grants are intended to help bring environment-based education to schools and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship. The foundation will fund unique projects that do not precisely match the grant guidelines but otherwise promote the foundation’s mission of hands-on environmental activities.

For more information or to apply, visit the Captain Planet Foundation website.

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science

Award amount: $4,000.

Deadline: October 15

Description: The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities. A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient.

For more information or to apply, visit the AAAS website.

National Geographic: Expeditions Council Grant Application

Award amount: $15,000–$35,000

Deadline: Please submit your pre-application at least six (6) months before anticipated project dates.

Description: The Expeditions Council is an editorially driven grant program that supports exploration and adventure worldwide. Proposed projects must have the potential to yield compelling stories and images. Applications are also judged on the qualifications of applicants and their teams, and on the project’s merit, uniqueness and safety protocols. The Council consists of representatives of National Geographic editorial divisions (magazines, television, books, website, and so on) who review and vote on grant applications, as well as an advisory board of external consultants. While the Expeditions Council funds a broad range of exploration and adventure, if a project is based on scientific inquiry, applicants must provide detailed methodology. In addition, all projects must adhere to applicable scientific or professional ethical standards, which are outlined in the grant application and are subject to scientific review.

For more information or to apply, visit the National Geographic website.

Singing for Change Accepting Letters of Interest for Social and Environmental Problems

Award amount: Up to $10,000.

Deadline: Open

Description: Singing for Change was created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995 and initially funded with contributions from his summer concert tour. Since then, SFC has offered competitive grants to progressive, nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of social or environmental problems. Priority will be given to organizations that keep their overhead low, include community members in planning, and collaborate with other groups to find innovative ways of solving common problems. SFC aims to advance the common good by empowering people to thrive and to strengthen and sustain vibrant, diverse communities. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

For more information or to apply, visit the Singing for Change website.