Marine Issue Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Marine issues! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!
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1) Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
  • The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation's mission is to assist programs that are designed to strengthen and improve the quality of life in communities served by the cruise industry.
  • The Foundation's areas of emphasis include:
    • Civic and Community Development
    • Educational Assistance and Training Programs
    • Public Health Programs
    • Environmental Preservation Programs
  • All applicants will need to complete an online application, which must include:
    • A basic description of the organization and its mission.
    • The purpose of the grant.
    • A timetable for program implementation.
    • The requested amount for funding. 
    • Financial information, including the project budget and the organization's annual budget. 
    • The expected program results. 
    • A current IRS letter determining Code Section 501(c)(3) public charity status . 
  • Public nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. However, charitable requests from the communities where the cruise industry does business are given priority consideration. Additionally, grants must be used for direct program cost or funding for specific programs or activities. 
  • The awarded monetary amount will range from $2,500 - $15,000. 
  • Deadline: None. Requests are reviewed quarterly.
2) Edwin W. Pauley Foundation
  • The Edwin W. Pauley Foundation primarily provides support for higher education programs with an emphasis on marine biology. 
  • Support is centered around general operations and project development
  • Interested applicants should submit a written request to: 
          Attn: Stephen M. Pauley, M.D.
          1801 Century Park East
          Suite 2230
          Los Angeles, CA 90067
  • Requests should include: 
    • A description of the organization. 
    • The purpose for the requested funds. 
    • The amount of the request. 
    • A copy of an IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status.
  • Awarded grants range from $1,000 - $40,000.
  • Deadline: None
3) Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • The mission of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is to advance society through the performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty.
  • The Foundation provides grants in conservation, social causes, and the performing arts.
  • With regard to conservation efforts, the Foundation's primary focus is the protection of the world’s oceans and its species. The Foundation is looking for site-specific projects designed to improve the health of ocean habitats and enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of climate change.
  • In addition, the Foundation supports efforts to fund species protection, particularly regarding the seas’ apex predators.
  • Priorities in this area include:
    • supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas 
    • encouraging sustainable fisheries management
    • eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
    • conserving the world’s shark and ray species
    • limiting plastics pollution and other ocean debris
    • Preserving coral species and ecosystems.
  • Eligible nonprofits interested in applying will be required to:
    • Complete a Letter of Inquiry for one of the Foundation’s three grant making areas (research, conservation, and restoration)
    • Submit the completed application and all required attachments using the Foundation’s online system (if approved).
  • Grants for other types of water-related conservation efforts may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Awarded grants range from $5,000 - $100,000. 
  • Deadline: Mid-June and January (annually). 
4) Waitt Foundation
  • The mission of the Waitt Foundation is to protect the world's oceans from the impacts of overfishing.
  • The Foundation reaches its goal by facilitating the creation of marine protected areas, engaging stakeholders to improve management of fisheries, fostering sustainable solutions, and raising public awareness of marine issues.
  • The Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations through the Rapid Ocean Conservation Small Grants Program. This program offers grants with a quick turnaround time to provide solutions to emerging marine conservation issues. Its focus is on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing. Sub-themes include scientific research, policy, management, and communications.
  • Eligible nonprofits will be required to complete an online application, including:  
    • a project-specific budget detailing how awarded funds would be used, 
    • a project timeline. 
    • proof of non-profit status.
  • Awarded grants usually range up to $10,000. Larger amounts up to $15,000 have been awarded, albeit infrequently.  
  • Deadline: None. Proposals are reviewed monthly on a rolling basis.
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