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Campbell Foundation Grant

Grants to California, Maryland, and Virginia Nonprofits
for Projects that Protect Oceans and Improve Water Quality

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Campbell Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/31/21 5:00 PM PT


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Grants of up to $25,000 to California, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible watershed regions for projects that preserve and enhance oceanic ecosystems, improve water quality, and protect the environment. Funding is intended for a wide range of projects and activities that improve conditions in the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, the Northern California watershed, and the San Fransisco Bay watershed.

Chesapeake Initiative: The Campbell Foundation’s Chesapeake Initiative seeks to accelerate the pace of nutrient reduction in the Bay through the engagement of diverse stakeholders and partnerships between agricultural interests and environmental concerns that forge new paths of working together.

The Campbell Foundation endeavors to identify, broaden and enhance leadership and grassroots advocacy by building capacity for those who chart a sensible course for the future, with a 360° view of the needs and tradeoffs.

Pacific Initiative: The Foundation's mission in the Pacific Region is to safeguard the ocean environment of the Pacific Coast and elevate environmental issues in local culture by promoting the implementation and enforcement of adequate policies, leveraging the power of markets to advance sustainable economies, and supporting innovative communication.

The Campbell Foundation’s Pacific Initiative strives to identify opportunities in the field that a) are gaining political momentum, b) present a great opportunity to leverage resources of all kinds, and c) are innovative from a business and social perspective.

 Resources are allocated to projects in the following areas:

  • Water Quality (California)
  • Land-Sea Connection (California)
  • Protection of Special Places (California)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171563

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Number of Grants:

On average, less than 15% of proposals are approved.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will vary in size, but will be no greater than $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs can be ongoing, but the expectation is that the funds would be expended within 12 months of the receipt of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requests will only be accepted from US registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and California Resource Conservation Districts. Fiscally-sponsored projects and private entities will not be considered.

Grants are not intended to cover past expenses and activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle 1 – 2021 – Pacific Office – General – Open
Proposals for this cycle are due no later than 5 pm, Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced no later than April 30, 2021. The Foundation will be accepting proposals for all subject areas, all geographies, and all types of programs.

The Campbell Foundation is pleased to accept unsolicited grants. All opportunities are only open to new grantees, not organizations that are current or previous grantees of the Campbell Foundation.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions prior to contacting foundation staff. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in being declined or disqualified from applying.

For information on the Chesapeake Bay Initiative:,

For information on the Pacific Region Initiative:,

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions after thoroughly reviewing the below guidelines, please contact Anna Lindgren only at Do not contact other staff.

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, Northern California and the San Francisco Bay watershed.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California;   Maryland;   Virginia

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