Please Note: We are closing our doors at the end of 2020 and our grantmaking will be limited to a subset of our current grantees. Read more about our sunset here.

Geographic area

To be considered for a Brainerd Foundation grant, applicants must be involved in programs that augment regional conservation efforts within the following geographic funding region:

  • Alaska
  • British Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Map of Alaska, BC, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington


We do not fund projects related to:

The foundation cannot earmark any portion of its grants for use in lobbying or influencing legislation. The foundation may consider funding projects that include both lobbying and nonlobbying activities if a detailed budget that breaks out lobbying and nonlobbying expenses is provided, so long as the amount of a project grant requested does not exceed the non-lobbying expenses.

Download our lobbying memo

Organization type

We do not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations. The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or to Canadian organizations deemed equivalent by the foundation.

Funding considerations

We use the following criteria to determine whether a request is a good fit. Programs do not need to meet all of these criteria, but a strong proposal will address most of them.

Read more about our strategy and focus