Norm Winn Grant Guidelines

    Application Deadlines:

    • Applications due: October 31, 2024.

The Norm Winn Memorial Conservation Grant is a competitive grant for projects that support the environment through conservation, preservation, or restoration.

  • Conservation: work to minimize use of finite natural resources and our negative impacts on ecosystem health.
  • Preservation: work to protect ecosystem, species, and other irreplaceable elements of the region.
  • Restoration: work to re-establish the healthy functions of an ecosystem.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and the amount granted may vary based on the project type and scope. The maximum amount that may be requested is $25,000. Grants are limited to projects centered in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Eastern Washington state.

Organization & Project Eligibility

  • Projects must focus on geographic areas in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Eastern Washington state.
  • Selected projects of 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Projects that reflect the purposes outlined for this grant

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
  • 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. A completed Grant 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 grant’s priorities; 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.
  • We do not pre-screen applications or accept letters of inquiry.
  • We will not review incomplete applications.

When to Submit Your Application

Applications will open June 3, 2024.

Applications must be received by October 31, 2024.

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
  • A copy of any materials you produce with our funding
  • Appropriate credit to Mountaineers Foundation, a Washington public benefit corporation aka Keta Legacy Foundation
  • A link to https://ketalegacy.org 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.