Principal Office: USA
The interests of the Waitt Foundation have evolved through several stages of grant making since the Foundation’s establishment in 1993.
The Foundation began with a focus on community building and violence prevention, and this area continues to be supported. The Foundation more recently added grant making for ocean conservation, as well as support for a wider arena of physical exploration and discovery.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
1 -- Ocean Conservation Grants (major grants). The Foundation makes grants to strengthen and expand marine protected areas, and to promote sustainable fisheries. Grants support scientific research, policy, management, and communications (i.e., public awareness).
Eligibility for grants extends to nonprofit charitable organizations in the USA, and to organizations external to the USA which apply through a U.S. fiscal sponsor.
The minimum grant size is US$100 thousand; there is no maximum. The program will consider multi-year proposals.
2 -- Rapid Ocean Conservation Grants (small grants). The ROC Grants Program offers small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging issues in marine conservation.
The purpose of the grants, eligibility criteria, and types of actions are similar to the major grants. However, the small grants consider funding urgency in addition to the other criteria. The Foundation reviews ROC requests on a bi-monthly basis.
Grants in ROC are typically US$1 thousand to US$10 thousand, and not above US$20 thousand. The grant from the Waitt Foundation should be the sole or primary source of project funding.
About grants for ocean conservation
APPLICATION (for 1-2 preceding): Grant seekers study the Foundation’s grant guidelines and requirements.
Grant seekers submit a preliminary grant request online. The Foundation does not accept submissions in any other form. Preliminary grant requests are accepted all year.
The Foundation reviews the preliminary requests in order to determine which applicants to invite for full proposals. On occasion, additional information may be requested prior to a final decision.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Waitt posts helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding its grants.
In addition to support for ocean conservation, the Foundation funds biological scientific innovation, and community building and violence prevention.
In collaboration with the National Geographic Society (USA), the NGS/Waitt grants support young researchers in several fields of the natural sciences, as well as in archaeology and cultural anthropology. Note: The NGS/Waitt grants are included in the profile of the National Geographic Society, presented separately.
The Foundation provides complete contact information.
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