Conservation

Preserving Land, Water, Animals, and Economies

In 2019, the Foundation awarded 33 conservation grants totaling $34,613,000. More than $26 million, approximately three quarters of this funding, is supporting land acquisition. The balance of the Foundation’s conservation grants awarded during the year are earmarked for education and promotion; watershed restoration; wildlife and habitat protection; general conservation; and preservation of 11 landscapes deemed to be priorities by the Foundation’s leaders.



2019
$34,613,000
Grants and PRIs Approved
33
Total Grants and PRIs

2020 Grantees

Featured Grantee

Conservation

Allegheny County Parks Foundation

toward two-year support to increase fundraising capacity and toward improvements to the trail system around North Park Lake

2020
$625,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$75,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

a program-related investment toward the purchase of property in the White Mountain National Forest, located in Oxford Androscoggin and Cumberland counties, Maine

2020
$5,000,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Inc.

to undertake review of recreation-based strategies used for economic activation of rural areas with, primarily, cycling-based infrastructure investments, including consideration of PA Wilds and Laurel Highlands

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

to support the PA Outdoor Corps program while building a culture of conservation through a park and forest workforce development program

2020
$162,000
Camp Hill, PA

Conservation

Pittsburgh Conservation Corps

toward workforce readiness and environmental stewardship programs

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$50,000
Homestead, PA

Conservation

Trust for Public Land

toward two-year support to manage, update, and host the Western Pennsylvania Business Plan website and project decision support tool, and integrate the Chesapeake Commons grantee outcomes dashboard

2020
$121,000
San Francisco, CA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

toward land and watershed conservation programs

2020
$411,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

toward the Treevitalize program in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

2020
$275,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Mount Washington Community Development Corporation

to restore native habitat and the viewshed in Grandview Park

2020
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Allegheny Land Trust

to protect Allegheny County greenspace and for long-term stewardship efforts

2020
$235,000
Sewickley, PA

Conservation

American Chestnut Foundation

to provide over 6,000 advanced hybrid chestnut seedlings for the Flight 93 National Memorial, Penn State, Raystown Lake, and other locations

2020
$100,000
Asheville, NC

Conservation

Carnegie Institute

toward two-year support to build a new Avian Research facility to house an enhanced research program and expand public programming

2020
$1,000,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

French Creek Conservancy

to support five collaborative organizations conducting land protection, stewardship, education, and outreach in the French Creek watershed

2020
$82,000
Meadville, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation

toward Allegheny Front's production of a radio series covering issues regarding native species, habitat, restoration, and conservation in western Pennsylvania

2020
$65,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Trout Unlimited

toward support to improve and increase coldwater habitat for eastern brook trout in focal geographies and the Kettle Creek watershed

2020
$300,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

Wildlife Leadership Academy

toward support of operations

2020
$60,000
Lewisburg, PA

Conservation

Flint RiverQuarium

to enhance and expand existing virtual educational programming that addresses shortfalls in available K-12 learning resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$100,000
Albany, GA

Conservation

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

to increase hunting and fishing participation in Pennsylvania and educate a broad audience on the need for robust conservation efforts by outdoor-oriented people

2020
$50,000
Missoula, MT
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

a program-related investment to conserve property in the Minnesota Heritage Forest

2020
$7,000,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

a program-related investment to purchase property in the Osceola National Forest in Florida

2020
$1,700,000
Arlington, VA