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Guidelines, Eligibility and Application

**The Foundation has transitioned to a new application portal.  Please read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application.**

Guidelines & Eligibility

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 devoted primarily to:

  • Projects/programs related to wildlife, wildlife habitat, environmental protection and outdoor recreation.
  • Projects/programs that strengthen volunteer activity and outreach/community involvement in the above-noted areas.

DCF's Highest Priorities:

  • Gulf of Maine
  • Northern Forest
  • Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Resilience

Submission deadlines: Applications must be submitted online by April 1 and October 1 by 5pm EST. Applications for deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend must be received by the next business day by 5pm EST. The Foundation does not accept applications via e-mail or mail.


The Foundation accepts applications only from organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) under Section 509(a) of the code. The Foundation is prohibited from making grants to 509(a)(3) organizations.

Geography: The Foundation's highest geographic priority is Northern New England, particularly projects involving the Northern Forest and the Gulf of Maine. Grants are made infrequently in Southern N.E. or outside of New England.


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 please review the FAQs.


**The Foundation has transitioned to a new online application portal as of September 17, 2021.  If you have applied previously in our former system you will need to register as a new user. **

The Davis Conservation Foundation will only accept applications submitted through our online grant system.

Step 1: Read the Guidelines and Online Application Guide (above, right).

Step 2: Draft your application responses in advance of completing the online-portal process – if this would be helpful, we’ve created a Microsoft Word document to use as a worksheet (above, right). The file can also serve as a backup record of your application.

Step 3: Start a new application.  Regardless of whether you have an existing account, you must use the "Start Your New Application Here" button below to start a new application.

  • Returning users enter the appropriate email address and password for your organization's account.
  • New users will need to establish an account before accessing the application.  Be sure to use an email address that is monitored and that a record of that email address and password is kept.
  • Please note, if you if you have applied online to the Davis Family Foundation, you should use the same login information for the Davis Conservation Foundation.

Step 4: Save your work! Click the “Save & Come Back Later” button at the bottom of any page to save your information and exit out of the application. 

Step 5: Submit your application. You must click the “Submit” button on the "Review & Submit Application" page to complete the submission process. An email confirming your submission will automatically be sent to the email address associated with your account. The Foundation does not see your application until it is submitted. 

Start Your New Application or Return to Your In-Process Application Here

Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 and October 1. Applications for deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the next business day. The Foundation does not accept applications via email or mail.

Grant Review Process

Trustees meet in May and November to consider requests.   Proposals are judged on their merits and in comparison to others received. The Foundation normally notifies applicants of the Trustees’ decision within one week of each regular meeting, and applicants receiving grants may expect to receive payment within one month of notification. Organizations that receive grants from the Foundation are required to submit completion reports online.


Please review FAQs before contacting the Grants Manager or Grants Associate.