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The Davis Conservation Foundation does not use a pre-proposal or letter of inquiry process but receives applications and related material directly from eligible applicants as outlined in the submission guidelines.

Submission deadlines: April 10 and October 10. Applications must be received in the foundation's office by the deadline date. Applications for deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend must be received by the next business day. The foundation does not accept applications via e-mail.


Only organizations determined to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a) of the code are eligible to apply for funding.

The Foundation's highest geographic priority is Northern New England, particularly projects involving the Northern Forest and the Gulf of Maine. The next geographic priority is the remainder of New England.

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 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.

For more information regarding eligibility, funding objectives and submission guidelines, please review the application or FAQs.