Wilburforce Foundation supports organizations and individuals who are committed to science-driven conservation efforts and sustainable policies that will have a meaningful and enduring impact on our natural ecosystems. We use conservation science to identify priority regions that correspond with our focus on wildlands and habitat connections that allow wildlife to thrive. Please refer to the map of our priority regions to see our areas of interest.
For more details and information about our funding region, our values, and our approach, please review our Strategic Framework document.Strategic Framework
For more details and information about how to apply for our grants and an overview of the criteria we look for in our partners and their programs, please review our Grant Guidelines.Grant Guidelines
We have three board meetings each year in which grants related to specific priority regions or specific program areas are usually presented. Use the following information to determine which docket best pertains to your work. Please note that if you are interested in submitting a grant proposal, you must first contact the appropriate staff member to discuss your project.
We work hard to connect grantees and help conservation leaders share knowledge and resources. Explore our Grants Database to learn more about the programs and organizations we fund.
Deadlines for submitting proposals are determined in consultation with the appropriate email the appropriate program officer prior to developing a proposal. Applicants who are interested in submitting a grant request should phone or email the appropriate program officer prior to developing a proposal.
We ask to talk with you about your proposal before you submit it in order to save both of our organizations time, money and resources. By doing so you’ll have a better understanding of our current areas of interest.
Generally, no. Except in certain circumstances, grants are considered on one of three dockets each year. The proposal process can be found in our grant guidelines section.
Generally, no. Wilburforce has combined all grants related to specific priority regions or specific program areas into particular dockets. For example, all grants related to the Cascadia Priority Region will be considered during the third docket. The complete docket schedule can be found in the grant guidelines section. Wilburforce may be able to consider “off-cycle” grants if needs or opportunities arise before the appropriate docket. For more information, contact the appropriate Program Officer.
We will fund multiple-year grants only at our invitation. If you have a program that you believe may benefit from a multiple-year grant, please ask us if we will consider it before submitting a proposal.
Except by invitation, we require that each organization has just one active grant at a time. You may submit a proposal before your current grant period has ended, but if it is approved the funding would not be available until the current grant is completed.
TREC, or Training Resources for the Environmental Community, provides coaching, consulting and training services focused on leadership development, capacity building, and leveraging resources to organizations dedicated to habitat conservation and wilderness protection. These services may be available to organizations that are current grantees of Wilburforce, but the demand for TREC services sometimes exceeds their abilities. Please consult with your Program Officer if you have any questions about your likely eligibility.
We are solely funded by philanthropist Rose Letwin. Following a successful early career in technology, Rose founded Wilburforce Foundation in 1991 with the vision of interconnected lands and waters that support thriving populations of wildlife. Her scientific background informed the foundation’s science-driven philosophy of analyzing problems and designing programs for the greatest impact. The Foundation does not seek donations from other sources.