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Humans are an integral part of the ecosystem, and living in consistent connection with the natural world is good and healthy. Everything is connected. The decisions we make have upstream and downstream effects.

A healthy bull elk is part of a much larger story. His existence reflects an intricate food web supported by everything from soil and water to songbirds and predators. This is Ecosystem Thinking.


We believe extraordinary impacts can be made not only by large organizations but also by grassroots efforts led by passionate individuals. SITKA Ecosystem Grants fund proposed projects that improve the state and function of an ecosystem.

Ecosystem Thinking

Application Process


Applicant must be 18 years or older.

At this time, funding is restricted to United States and Canadian citizens and projects.

Must have a record of prior experience in the fields of research, conservation or exploration, which should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project.

Application must be submitted with all required documents, supporting materials and references.

Grants will not be limited to enrolled graduate students, scientific researchers or individuals with non-profit affiliations, but these groups will be favored. Individuals not associated with the aforementioned groups will be required to specifically outline in sufficient detail how their personal work has prepared them for, and will dovetail with, broader regional and local efforts surrounding their area of interest as it relates to the grant proposal.


SITKA® Ecosystem Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $3,000 and $20,000 at the maximum. SEG funds often serve as complimentary support, which is why we encourage applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding, and disclose supporting funds and partners within the SEGapplication.


SEG may not be used for indirect cost expenditures, overhead, and other expenses not directly related to this project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries.

Funds may not be used for travel to scientific / professional meetings or conferences, tuition, vacations, study abroad programs, volunteer activities, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, or publication of research results.

Grantees are expected to provide SITKA with the rights of first refusal for popular publication and other media coverage of their project, efforts and findings.


Apply today. Grant Funding will begin on April 1, 2019 and will continue on a rolling basis. Please note that we will reach out to you if and when your grant is awarded. This is a highly competitive grant, and therefore we must be thorough in our review of prioritization of successful grant applications. Thank you for submitting!

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All SITKA® Ecosystem Grant (SEG) projects should be of the highest quality and have the potential to advance and transform the confluence of the environmental + social landscape as it relates to wildlife, stewardship and conservation.

SEG projects should contribute to achieving environmental goals principally, where by doing so, society at large and the ecosystems we are inextricably bound to benefit. This includes wild, suburban and/or urban ecosystems alike.

Potential impacts and success metrics must be qualified and quantified through research and data, grassroots and community efforts, management efforts and outcomes, media and content, and activities that are supported by and or complimentary to the SEG supported project.

Assessment and evaluation of proposals will lean on a desired balance between the effect of broader impacts and resources provided to implement the project.

Application must be submitted with all required documents, supporting materials and references.

Grantees are expected to be accountable for carrying out the activities and methods described in the funded project. To accomplish this, grant applicants should include clear and defined goals, descriptions of activities, timelines, benchmarks and an established plan in place to document (e.g., photo or video) the process and results of those activities. Applicant must have documentation of 501c3, 501c4 or tax deductible academic institution affiliation, if applicable.

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