Community Grant Guidelines

Application Deadlines:

  • March 12th (Level 1 grants)
  • October 15th (Level 2 grants)

Organization & Project Eligibility

  • Selected projects of 501(c)(3) or of other non-profit organizations and of certain agencies such as libraries and schools;
  • Selected projects that involve a variety of community organizations

Projects may include

  • Direct educational programs and materials related to environmental conservation
  • Lectures, conferences, seminars
  • Written or audiovisual awareness materials
  • Curriculum or other instructional materials

Grant Levels

Both grant types should have high impact or visibility and could span multiple years. Each grant level is offered once during the calendar year.

Level 1: $5000 Community Conservation Education Grants

Limited to no more than $5000 and are meant to support modest, short-term projects related to conservation education and consistent with our vision and mission.

Level 2: $15,000 Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grants

We will offer two grants during this round with a $15,000 limit for each.

We welcome substantial conservation education projects with carefully articulated goals and outcomes. We also welcome restoration projects with a strong educational component.

We Are Unable to Support

  • For-profit organizations
  • Regular operating expenses (e.g. overhead, ongoing or administrative salaries, or other indirect costs)
  • Projects that include legislative lobbying or support candidates for office
  • Commercial ventures or feasibility studies that might lead to commercial products or programs
  • Fund drives
  • Projects that could harm the environment
  • Memberships in organizations
  • Projects that have no start/end dates
  • Projects that repeat established and/or verified studies

How To Apply

When judging proposals, the Foundation looks for evidence of the following:

  • innovation and originality
  • audience/message/probable impact of educational projects
  • the applicant’s ability to conduct and complete the work
  • feasibility of the project
  • a realistic and reasonable budget
  • commitment from the other agencies you will partner with
  • significance to the environment or the community

Application Requirements

Items 1-5 below must be included in your application.

  1. Completing the online application form
  2. A short (4-page maximum) narrative telling us about:
    • your organization’s mission
    • exactly what you propose to do; why it is important; how it addresses the Foundation’s priorities for conservation education; what outcomes you expect to achieve
    • who will do the work; include either resumes or short narrative descriptions of qualifications
    • a project schedule, including regular progress reports to the Keta Legacy Foundation
  3. Your organization’s previous year’s Profit and Loss statement and current Balance Sheet (please do not include audit reports or IRS filings); and a specific detailed budget for this project, including cash flow, which shows how the grant funds, and the funds you have requested from others, will be spent
  4. Your organization’s tax-exemption statement from the IRS
  5. Evidence (e.g., a letter) of commitment from any organization you have included in your project’s work scope. For instance, if you intend to conduct your project in a school, we need to know that school officials have approved the project.
  • We do not pre-screen applications or accept letters of inquiry.
  • We will not review incomplete applications.

When to Submit Your Application

Application deadlines are:

  • March 12th (Level 1 grants)
  • October 15th (Level 2 grants)

These are dates for receipt of proposals. Unless we have further questions about your project, we will notify you about our funding decision approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the application deadlines.

If We Fund Your Project, We Expect:

  • Regular progress reports, as specified in your proposal
  • Final project report: this is a requirement for all funded proposals
  • A copy of any materials you produce with our funding
  • Appropriate credit to Keta Legacy Foundation, a Washington public benefit corporation
  • A link to on your web site if applicable
  • All funds granted to be used for the purposes described in the grant application

Please note: If your project is canceled for any reason, including lack of funds, our grant may not be used for general operating expenses and must be returned to the Keta Legacy Foundation.