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

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. 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, visit the Captain Planet Foundation.

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, visit the AAAS website.

Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2015 Request for Proposals

Award amount: $25,000 to $100,000

Deadline: December 10, 2014

Description: Priority for grants will be given to projects that successfully address one or more of the following:

  • Support innovative, cost-effective programs that enhance stewardship on private agricultural lands to enhance water quality and quantity and/or improve wildlife habitat for species of concern, while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity.
  • Support community-based conservation projects that protect and restore local habitats and natural areas, enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and engage diverse partners and volunteers.
  • Support visible and accessible demonstration projects that showcase innovative, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly approaches to improve environmental conditions within urban communities by ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, public park enhancements, and renovations to public facilities.
  • Support projects that increase the resiliency of the Nation’s coastal communities and ecosystems (including the Great Lakes) by restoring coastal habitats, living resources, and water quality to enhance livelihoods and quality of life in these communities.

For more information, visit the Environmental Solutions website.

Mountaineers Foundation Offers Funding for Research and Conservation of Pacific Northwest

Award amount: $5,000

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Description: The foundation provides support for modest, short-term projects. Eligible projects include studies that will yield new data aimed at protecting Northwest wilderness and wildlife; biological, economic, legal, and policy studies; direct educational programs and materials related to environmental preservation; lectures, conferences, and seminars; written or audiovisual awareness materials; curriculum or 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, please visit the Mountaineers Foundation 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, please visit the National Geographic website.