04 April 2019

Apply before April 26: Protection of biodiversity

This news is redirected by SCIENCE from the Weeden Foundation.

The next deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, April 26th, 2019.

The Weeden Foundation has implemented an online application system for our grantmaking process. Please click on the following link to start the application or logon to your existing account. You will need to create an account to apply.

New applicants - The Foundation requires that new applicants (not current grantees) complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Please complete the “New Applicants” form to submit your LOI. You will receive a confirmation email when your form is complete. We will review your application and get back to you with a reply. If the work proposed is of interest and/or fits into one of our program areas, we will invite a full proposal. Returning applicants (who received a grant the previous year) do not need to submit a LOI.

Returning grantees – Please complete the “Returning Grantees” application. Your proposal must describe both the purpose for which the grant is solicited and a brief evaluation process in a clear and precise manner. Shorter descriptions are preferred to longer descriptions, and a brief Executive Summary of the proposal must be included. The Executive Summary is an especially important part of the proposal, as it is the best vehicle for an organization to present the nature and intent of their project directly to the Board of Directors. The summary should be concise and should include mention of both recent and future projects. In addition to the narrative, you will need the following materials to complete your application.

  • financial statements (preferably audited)
  • list of Board of Directors and their affiliations
  • IRS tax exemption 501(c)(3) certification letter or an equivalency document for non-U.S. based organizations (obtained in-country)
  • project budget
  • organizational budget
  • other sources and amounts of institutional support (past, present, and anticipated future); and
  • qualifications of key personnel

The Board of Directors meets three times a year, usually in March, June, and October, but note that board meetings may be held the month preceding or following these times. For proposals to be considered at a meeting, they must be submitted online before the deadline. Proposal deadlines are approximately eight weeks prior to each meeting, and are posted on this website at least two months in advance.

Please note: The Weeden Foundation’s current level of grantmaking has been reduced as compared to that of several years ago, a consequence of the Foundation’s diminished endowment. Thus, priority is given to returning grant recipients. The Foundation does not currently entertain multi-year support requests. The average grant size is between $15,000 and $20,000, and only under exceptional circumstances do grants exceed $20,000.

In addition to the call above, the Weeden Foundation writes the following about its misssion on its website:
For its 40 years of existence, the Weeden Foundation’s primary mission has been to protect biodiversity. It has helped preserve more than 6 million acres of biologically important habitat worldwide. The Foundation financed the first debt-for-nature swap in Bolivia in 1992, a strategy that is now widely used by international conservation organizations. Currently, the Foundation has four geographical focus areas: 1) Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion in Northern California; 2) High Divide in SW Montana; 3) Altai Republic in Russia, and 4) Chilean Patagonia. In the past, the Weeden Foundation has supported projects in environmentally sensitive regions of the western United States, Alaska, Russia, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Belize, Namibia, Mexico and various Caribbean nations.For its 40 years of existence, the Weeden Foundation’s primary mission has been to protect biodiversity. It has helped preserve more than 6 million acres of biologically important habitat worldwide. The Foundation financed the first debt-for-nature swap in Bolivia in 1992, a strategy that is now widely used by international conservation organizations. Currently, the Foundation has four geographical focus areas: 1) Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion in Northern California; 2) High Divide in SW Montana; 3) Altai Republic in Russia, and 4) Chilean Patagonia. In the past, the Weeden Foundation has supported projects in environmentally sensitive regions of the western United States, Alaska, Russia, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador, Belize, Namibia, Mexico and various Caribbean nations.

Read more about the foundation here.

Apply for the funding here (it is necessary to create an account).