Grant Making Guidelines
CURRENT AREAS OF INTEREST
The Lazar Foundation's specific environmental interests in the Pacific Northwest are listed below. The Foundation accepts inquiries for projects related to these interests, except from Alaska.
- Conservation of large, biologically significant terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
- Preservation of biological diversity.
- Projects that broaden the environmental movement.
- Projects that strengthen or increase the capacity of the environmental movement's ability to develop, shape, and communicate its message.
The Foundation has additional program interests for which proposals are accepted by invitation only.
The Lazar Foundation does not accept proposals for the following issue areas:
- Land acquisition or land trusts
- Environmental education
- Computer-related expenses
- Civic projects.
- Endowments or capital campaigns.
In addition, the Foundation will usually not fund the following:
- Film or video
- Urban issues or suburban projects
- Conservation-based scientific research, unless it directly supports a project that the Foundation is currently funding, and then only rarely.
2012 Lazar Foundation grants budget: $900,000
2012 environmental grants budget: $700,000
The Foundation will award grants three times per year, at the end of March, July, and November. Full proposals must be in our office no later than February 15, June 15 and October 15. Early submissions are encouraged. Submit proposal as one PDF no more than 5MB large (multiple attachments will not be processed).
GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
1) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) - To be considered for a Lazar Foundation grant, your initial contact should be a letter of inquiry (phone calls prior to submittal of LOI will not be returned). Please limit the letter of no more than one page and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line in the email stating only LOI. Organizations proposing projects that fit the Foundation's current areas of interest will be invited to submit a full proposal within one month of submittal. If you receive no reply within one month your LOI is not accepted.
The letter of inquiry must include the following:
- A description of the project and its expected outcomes as they relate to the Foundation's areas of interest.
- A project budget with a funding plan (indicate any funds already received or committed).
- The amount requested with an explanation of how the funds will be allocated within the project.
- If you are applying for the first time, please describe your organization and provide proof of your tax-exempt status.
2) Grant Application - When a full proposal is requested in writing by the Executive Director, all applicants should submit the following information along with a completed Grant Application Form.
For general support requests:
For specific project requests:
The Lazar Foundation will acknowledge and review all grant applications received. The Foundation's preference is that applications and proposals be submitted via email as one pdf attachment (no more than 5MB). Review of an application will not begin until it is complete.
GRANT OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION
The Lazar Foundation measures the success of a funded project against the project's objectives as stated in the funding proposal. We fund organizations that have demonstrated the ability to both achieve stated objectives and report on accomplishments in a thoughtful and timely manner.