Grants

We support non-profit organizations committed to making an impact in addressing environmental problems, engaging in conservation and resource protections, and tackling social concerns. Through these small and mid-scale grants, we aim to support like-minded organizations with missions that align with the work of the Wright-Ingraham Institute.

The Wright-Ingraham Institute has been awarding grants since 2012. In that time, we have awarded more than $350,000 to over 60 organizations.

Criteria

Our grants are designed to help address problems in three main areas.

Climate Change

Today, efforts to cope with the climate crisis are estimated to be costing the global economy approximately $3 trillion annually. We support organizations that are actively solving problems of how to bring clean air and water to global communities, how to prevent or stem natural disasters and meteorological events, and how to best promote sustainable practices and support renewable sources of energy.

Land Issues

Our grants strengthen organizations that are looking at different ways to apply concepts of sustainability, including ways to reverse the loss of fragile ecosystems that connect people and animals with land, or that work at the nexus of food, fuel and shelter. Additionally, we seek to better understand how human systems and natural systems intersect one another.

Wildlife Conservation

We support organizations that are working courageously on ways to conserve and preserve important wildlife habitats, as globalization continues to seek to develop every corner of the globe.

Eligibility

We welcome all organizations that meet our criteria and eligibility requirements to apply. In order to be eligible to receive a WII grant, the recipient organization must be a registered 501c(3) and able to receive funds in US dollars, even though the work the organization engages with may take place outside of the United States.

Reporting Requirements

Any 501c3 organization that receives a WII Grant must submit a preliminary report within 6 months of receiving the funds, and a final report describing: how the funds were used; the overall impact of the grant, including how many individuals were impacted and in what way (if applicable); and a full fiscal report. These reporting responsibilities will be a requirement of accepting any Wright-Ingraham Grant.

Available Grants

Grants are awarded annually. The due date for grants for the 2021 Grants Season is September 10, 2021. Recipients will be notified by September 30, 2021.

Elizabeth W. Ingraham Grant

Amount: $10,000

The Elizabeth Wright Ingraham Grant is dedicated to the founder of the Wright-Ingraham Institute. This grant is awarded to an organization exploring how human systems interact with natural systems, for example, how to create living spaces that utilize land responsibly.

Richard T. Parker Grant

Amount: $10,000

The Richard T. Parker Grant is dedicated to an alumnus of the Wright-Ingraham Institute’s Running Creek Field Station program, and is supported by a generous, family-bestowed gift derived from the Richard T. Parker Trust. This grant is awarded to an organization conducting research in the fields of science, wildlife, and/or environmental education.

Sustaining Grants

Amount: $5,000

These grants are awarded to a range of organizations working in wide variety of areas related to the overall mission of the Wright-Ingraham Institute. Special preference for these awards is given to Colorado-based institutions.

Current Grant Recipients

2019-2020

Elizabeth W. Ingraham Grant

Amount Awarded: $10000

Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)

Richard T. Parker Grant

Amount Awarded: $10000

The Arid Lands Institute

Sustaining Grants

Amount Awarded: $5000 each

Spotlight

The Arid Lands Institute
The Arid Lands Institute (ALI) was the recipient of the Wright-Ingraham Institute’s Richard T. Parker grant in 2020. ALI is an award-winning research, outreach, and education center devoted to water-smart design in drylands. ALI’s mission is to train designers and citizens to innovate in response to hydrologic variability brought on by climate change. ALI’s vision is a water-smart built environment in the US West serving as a model for drylands globally. ALI supports and accelerates drylands design innovation, serving as a resource across institutional and disciplinary boundaries.