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.
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:
- British Columbia
We do not fund projects related to:
- Academic research
- Books, videos, and television or film projects that are not components of a broader strategy
- Direct land purchases or easements
- Endowments, debt reduction, or cash flow shortfalls
- K-12 school education programs
- Programs with an exclusive focus on marine conservation
- Structures, capital improvements, or campaigns
- Support or opposition of any candidate for political office
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.
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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.
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.
- Does your request fit with our strategy and focus?
- Would Brainerd resources, coupled with existing or pending support, be enough to meet the goals of the project? Why is Brainerd funding critical?
- Will success build increased public support for the organization or for conservation more broadly?
- Is there sufficient grassroots capacity where it is needed on this issue?
- Do the issues addressed link to community-held values?
- Who are allies on this issue? How does your organization plan to engage them?
- Is there a communications/media plan associated with this issue or your organization?
- Why is your organization best suited to do this work?
- Is the strategy to win well-defined?
- What is the urgency? What are the implications of inaction now?
- Will success on this issue build on or amplify existing momentum on this or other similar issues? What future victories could be built from a potential win?
Read more about our strategy and focus