July 2020 Grant Program Update
During this time of uncertainty, the Foundation is doing all we can to support the health and well-being of our grantee partners. Although we value the vital work that many grassroots organizations are doing, the Fall 2020 grant cycle will be limited to current grantees only. We will not be considering any new organizations for 2021 grant awards.We plan to resume our normal grant program in the Fall of 2021 and invite new organizations to apply at that time.
The Mzuri Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1969 in San Francisco, California for the purpose of promoting wildlife management and protecting wildlife natural habitat. Sportsmen who are hunter conservationists and have hunted throughout the world created the Foundation.
The Foundation intends to fund direct benefit programs as opposed to conduit funding programs through third parties. The Foundation is opposed to funding programs related to Political Actions Committees (PACs) or political campaigns.
There are two steps to the Foundation’s grant application process.
Step One: Letter of Inquiry
The Foundation invites grant applicants to submit a brief letter of inquiry as the first step of the application process. Past grantees of Mzuri are not required to submit a letter of inquiry.
Step Two: Formal Grant Application
The Foundation will contact applicants within 6 to 8 weeks about whether to proceed with submitting a formal grant application. If invited to apply, a grant application packet will be sent to you.
The deadline for grant applications is November 1, 2020.
Grant Funding Policy
The Grant Policy and Review Committee (GPR) was created in 1997 at the request of the Board of Trustees for the purpose of identifying, reviewing and underwriting grant requests. After GPR underwriting takes place the committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The members of the committee consist of the Officers of the Foundation. Guidelines and policy for grant award consideration may change from time to time with the approval of the Board of Trustees.
One objective of the GPR committee is to provide evidence to the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation donors that good programs can produce good result so that benefactors see positive outcomes and continue to support the Foundation.
With this in mind the grant recipient selection process was adopted. The overriding criteria for judging grant applications include:
- The grant request meets the standards of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation Grant Funding Policy.
- The Foundation has a compelling prior history with the grant applicant. Positive outcomes have resulted from prior funding to this applicant.
- The project has the capability to produce determinable or measurable results, based on achieving the program’s stated goals and objectives.
- There is clear benefit to the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation. The Foundation will receive adequate recognition for our supportive role in the program’s local media, publications and journals and the grantee is able to assist this effort.
- The Foundation is a direct sponsor of the project. We avoid funding the endowments of other 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. In the event that we fund a program through a non-profit conduit, we require a copy of the most current federal Form 990 return attached to the grant application.
- The project contributes to the Foundation’s grantee profile that reflects our interest in balancing available funds among California, national and international programs.