Focus of This Profile: Grants for sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.
Principal Office: USA
The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) pursues a philanthropic mission established by Sam and Helen Walton, founders of Wal-Mart, one of the world’s leading retail companies.
WFF originally focused on philanthropy in the southern USA, where Wal-Mart began. The Foundation retains that interest – while adding new ones in education and environment.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Environment. The Foundation’s grant making in Environment has two thematic areas, freshwater conservation and marine conservation. The program in marine conservation operates internationally.
Freshwater Conservation. – WFF makes grants to sustain healthy and resilient communities of wildlife and people in the USA’s Colorado and Mississippi river systems.
Marine Conservation.—The Foundation promotes marine biodiversity and fisheries management in selected ocean ecosystems, including Bird’s Head Seascape (Indonesia); the Eastern Tropical Seascape (Pacific Coast of Central and South America); Gulf of California (USA and Mexico); and Gulf of Mexico (USA and Caribbean).
About the program
Grant recipients for marine conservation are mainly large conservation organizations, policy institutes, and universities in the USA. The Foundation also makes grants to conservation organizations in other countries -- e.g., Mexico and others -- that fit the criteria of the marine conservation program.
Grant size is highly variable. Grants range from under US$50 thousand to multi-million dollars.
APPLICATION: An organization interested in applying for a grant begins by sending a brief letter of inquiry (LOI). The LOI should describe the organization and the proposed project; the relevance of the project to WFF’s funding priorities; and an estimate of the funds required.
For grants in environment, the LOI is mailed to WFF in Washington DC. There are no calendar deadlines.
If the LOI is of interest to WFF, the Foundation may invite a formal proposal and budget.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands
Latin America and Caribbean
The Foundation posts annual grant reports.
In addition to grants for freshwater conservation and marine conservation, WFF makes other grants in support of conservation, several of which are international in scope. These other grants are included in the Foundation’s grants list.
WFF provides complete contact information.
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