The Foundation supports only organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and not private foundations under Section 509(a) of the code. The Foundation has a 509(a)(3) foundation status and is prohibited from making grants to other 509(a)(3) organizations. The Foundation requires evidence of the applicant’s 501(c)(3) and 509(a) status. In the case of fiscal sponsorships, additional information is required and the applicant must contact the Foundation office for further discussion.
The Davis Conservation Foundation’s broad purpose is to support the wise utilization, protection and advancement of our physical environment and the different natural forms of life that inhabit it, including wildlife, sea life and mankind as they are impacted by the environment. To accomplish this, the foundation supports organizations whose areas of interest include:
- Projects related to wildlife, wildlife habitat, environmental protection and outdoor recreation.
- Projects that strengthen volunteer activity and outreach/community involvement in the above-noted areas.
The Foundation's highest geographic priority is Northern New England, particularly projects involving the Northern Forest and the Gulf of Maine. Grants are made infrequently in Southern N.E. or outside of New England.
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, nor does it support annual giving campaigns, deficit reduction, scholarships, fellowships, loans or travel. The Foundation does not normally make multiple-year gifts. In order to support as many worthwhile organizations as possible, the Foundation discourages organizations that receive a grant from submitting subsequent requests within 24 months from the deadline date. In addition, declined applicants should not submit a request for the same project within 12 months from the deadline date.
Applications must be submitted online by April 10 and October 10 by 5pm EST. Applications for deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend must be received by the next business day by 5pm EST. The Foundation does not accept applications via e-mail or mail.
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