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

Mountaineers Foundation Seeks Proposals for Community Conservation Education Grants

Award amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Mountaineers Foundation seeks proposals for projects that promote the study of the mountains, forests, and streams of the Pacific Northwest and that contribute to preserving the region’s natural beauty and ecological integrity. The Community Conservation Education program provides grants of up to $5,000 in support of small, short-term projects that yield new data aimed at protecting the wilderness and wildlife of the Northwest; biological, economic, legal, or policy studies; direct educational programs and materials related to environmental preservation; and relevant lectures, conferences, and seminars.

For more information, visit the Mountaineers Foundation webpage.

Fulbright US Student Program: funding for research, study, creative projects or teaching abroad

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: September 9, 2015 (UW deadline)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed international study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Fulbright recipients will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, and the way they think. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. The program is open to graduating seniors, master’s or doctoral degree candidates, or a young professional or artist.

To learn more, visit the Fulbright Program’s website. The UW coordinates program applications, so please register and attend an information session.

Sloan Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2016 Research Fellows

Award amount: $50,000

Deadline: September 15, 2015

To be eligible, nominees must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field; hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada; and be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination. While fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research career, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments.

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

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepts Fellowship Applications from Artists and Scholars

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: September 19, 2015

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Targeted for mid-career individuals, the grants are made for a minimum of six months and maximum one year, with the purpose to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. No special conditions attach to the grant funds, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

For more information or to apply, visit the Guggenheim Memorial 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.

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 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.

For more information, visit the National Geographic website.