Focus of This Profile: Support for sustainable resource management in Latin America, and for science and policy in Antarctica.
Principal Office: USA
The Tinker Foundation focuses on policies, research, and education to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable, and productive society in Latin America.
The Foundation has additional interests in science and policy related to Antarctica, and in academic collaboration between the USA and Iberia.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Institutional Grants. With a focus on Latin America, Tinker makes grants in the program areas of democratic governance, education, and sustainable resource management. Secondary areas of support are U.S. policy towards Latin America, and science and policy for Antarctica.
Sustainable Resource Management in Latin America -- Tinker funds best practices, technical training, and policies and other approaches to avoid over-exploitation of natural resources in Latin America. The Foundation also supports projects aiming for equitable access to clean and secure water supplies for local communities.
About the program Sustainable Resource Management
Science and Policy for Antarctica -- The Foundation will consider projects in research, education, outreach, etc., that contribute towards improved understanding of Antarctica. Tinker states that funding for this program is very limited.
About the program Antarctica
Eligibility for institutional grants extends to nonprofit charitable organizations in the USA, and to organizations in other countries (e.g., Latin America) that have equivalent charitable status. Most grants are to conservation NGOs; botanical gardens; universities and educational institutes; civil society groups, and similar.
For grants in science and policy related to Antarctica, organizations may be based in any country.
Recent grants generally range from US$50 thousand to US$500 thousand for projects of one to three years.
APPLICATION: Tinker advises grant seekers to submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) to describe the project, its proposed budget, and the organization.
For LOIs that it approves, the Foundation invites complete proposals that should follow Tinker’s instructions for institutional grants. Proposals need to be submitted in English.
Tinker’s Board of Directors reviews applications twice a year. The website posts the calendar cycle.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Latin America and Caribbean
Tinker offers field research grants to graduate students at universities in the USA which have strong Latin American studies programs. Field research grants are awarded in amounts of US$10 thousand or US$15 thousand per year for up to three years.
The Tinker Visiting Professors enables distinguished academics and practitioners in Latin America and Iberia to make short-term visits at participating U.S. universities.
The Martha T. Muse Prize of US$100 thousand is offered annually to mid-career professionals for excellence in science and policy related to Antarctica.
Tinker posts a searchable grants database.
The Foundation identifies its staff and their email addresses.
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