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Campbell Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States to Improve Ocean
Ecosystems Along the West Coast and in the Chesapeake Bay

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Foundation / Corporation

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Campbell Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/29/18 5:00 PM PT


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofits in multiple States for projects that promote healthy ocean ecosystems and improve water quality on the West Coast of the United States. Applicants may also submit proposals for projects that focus on the Chesapeake area.

Please note that the Foundation will accept proposals for all subject areas and types of programs, but strong priority will be given to projects that improve water quality and promote healthy ocean ecosystems on the West Coast of the United States. Funding is intended for new grantees only; current or previous grantees are not eligible.

There are two focus areas for funding, as outlined below:

The Campbell Foundation’s Pacific Region:

The Campbell Foundation’s Pacific Region program 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.

The Foundation allocates the resources of its California office to projects in these areas:

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

The Campbell Foundation’s Chesapeake Program:

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

Chesapeake Bay restoration needs champion decision-makers. The Campbell Foundation seeks to identify, broaden and enhance leadership and grassroots advocacy by building capacity for those who chart a sensible course for the future, with 360° view of the needs and tradeoffs.

The grantees the Foundation seeks are thoughtful, inclusive, and coordinated, with an appetite for consensus-based solutions.

Review Criteria:

Proposals in both categories are reviewed on a number of factors, including, but not limited to:

- Program effectiveness
- Board giving
- Completeness of proposal
- Organizational financial health and sustainability
- % the ask is compared to the organizational or project budget
- Size of organizational/project budget
- Ability to adhere to cycle guidelines

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171563

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

For reference only, in 2017 the Foundation received over 30 applications, and 4 were awarded in Cycle 2; and the Foundation received over 25 applications, and 3 were awarded in Cycle 1.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)3 organizations may apply. Fiscally-sponsored projects and private entities will not be considered.

Funding is intended for new grantees only; current or previous grantees are not eligible.

Organizations are eligible to apply for an unsolicited grant every other year.

Pre-Application Information:


Cycle 1 – 2018 – Proposals are due no later than 5 pm, Pacific Time on Friday, March 30, 2018. Winners will be announced no later than May 31, 2018

Cycle 2 – 2018 – Proposals are due no later than 5 pm, Pacific Time on Friday, June 29, 2018. Winners will be announced no later than August 31, 2018

Please note that for Chesapeake area requests, you must select the Pacific office from the drop-down field on the form.

For the online application, please note that you must choose and save the proposal at the time of registration in order to be able to come back and edit it. See the application instructions in Supporting Documents for details.

In addition, please download the Proposal Matrix from the Supporting Documents section below to preview which questions/attachments are required on which forms. Please carefully consider your own capacity. On average, less than 15% of proposals are approved.

Funding Areas:

Pacific Region Program:
Chesapeak Program:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions, please contact Anna Lindgren, Assistant to the President at

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   California;   Hawaii;   Maryland;   Oregon;   Washington