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Tinker Foundation

Grants for pilot and demonstration activities in water resources

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.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

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

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.

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.

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 Tinker-Muse Prize of US$100 thousand is offered 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.

September 2021