Applying for Grants

Prospective applicants are encouraged to telephone or write the Consultant to determine whether their proposed program falls within the Foundation's areas of interest to support:

  • Wildlife conservation and restoration and projects in Northern California;
  • Seminal opportunities to improve and extend environmental education;
  • Launch and expand innovative K-12 public education initiatives;

Grant Application Procedures

The Foundation does not have a standard application form. Applicants should send one complete proposal to the Consultant with the following elements:

    Cover Letter
  • Brief description of the applying organization and proposed program.
  • Amount of request.
  • Statement that the proposal is supported by the organization's governing board.
  • Name, address and telephone number of the appropriate contact person.

    Specific Request
  • Description of the purpose and need for the program and the problems it addresses.
  • Program goals and objectives to be achieved.
  • Description of geographic area and target population to be served.
  • Outline of specific activities and timeline to achieve the program goals and objectives.
  • Measurable objectives to evaluate program results.

    Personnel Information
  • Names and qualifications of the key personnel who will implement the program.
  • Names and principal affiliations of the officers, directors and senior staff.

    Organizational Information
  • Brief history of the organization.
  • Description of services, past accomplishments and capacity to execute the program.

    Financial Information
  • Detailed program budget itemized by standard accounting revenue and expense categories.
  • The amount requested from the Foundation and how these funds will be used.
  • List of other private and public funders approached and the amounts both requested and received to date for support of the program.
  • Plan to generate continued funding for the program at the end of the grant. If the request is for multi-year funding, state the reasons why more than one year of support is necessary and provide a budget for each year of requested support.
  • Overall organizational budget covering the years during which the proposed program will take place.
  • Most recent annual financial statement, preferably audited. If an audited statement is unavailable, provide financial statements of revenue and expenses and IRS Form 990.

  • A copy of the organization's current IRS exemption letter.
  • Any other supporting materials that would be helpful in evaluating the proposal.