Please Note: We are closing our doors at the end of 2020 and will not be awarding grants from this program in our final year. Read more about our sunset here.

This fund supports small groups embedded in communities or constituencies most impacted by conservation issues to engage in significant conservation policy debates or protect critical ecosystems. These small grants aim to bolster the work of our existing Conservation Policy and Place-based Conservation grantees by building the capacity of their grassroots partners.

Organizations requesting grassroots support should:

  • Bring community views to conservation issues, democratizing efforts to solve regional environmental problems.
  • Demonstrate leadership and expertise within the community or constituency they seek to engage at the grassroots level.
  • Collaborate with other organizations, campaigns, or coalitions in the region.

Cowiche Creek in Winter.
Cowiche Creek in Winter. Photo by David Hagen

Most often, Grassroots Fund grants are made for general support, but grants may also be tailored to support activities that bolster organizational capacity—such as mentoring, leadership development, and organizational trainings—or address emergent opportunities where additional community engagement is needed.

Typical grassroots fund grantees

  • A community-based group bringing new voices and perspectives to collaborative state-level policy and advocacy efforts
  • A diverse group of landowners, hunters, anglers, businesses, conservationists, scientists, and native elders challenging irresponsible energy development in their rural community

Photo by Lisa Grandbois via USFWS