Welcome to the Charlotte Martin Foundation!

The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat. Our two areas of focus – youth and wildlife – were established by our founder, Charlotte Yeoman Martin, during her lifetime, and continue today as a legacy to her generosity.

The Charlotte Martin Foundation continues to refine its focus on two areas of interest: Increasing opportunities for minority youth; and, Conserving biodiversity in a changing climate.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read these two statements and, depending on which category you are applying under, respond explicitly to the objectives stated.

Note that we are no longer requiring  Letters of Interest prior to applications.

If you believe your proposal fits our areas of focus, you will have access to the full application on the opening date of the funding cycle.

Note: the link to the application is not available prior to the opening date.

Spring 2017 funding cycle

  • February 1:    Open for applications
  • March 1:        Application Deadline
  • April 15:      Awards announced

Fall 2017 funding cycle

  • August 1:    Open for applications
  • September 1:        Application Deadline
  • October 15:      Awards announced

Enriching the Lives of Youth, Protecting Wildlife and Habitat

The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat.

During the past year, the Foundation has been engaged in streamlining our grant making processes and focusing our work in areas where we need to make significant progress.

Our two areas of focus – youth and wildlife – now concentrate on two long-term challenges: Increasing opportunities for minority youth by addressing the issues of diversity and racial equity and Conserving biodiversity in the face of a changing climate.

  • Challenges for our Youth: Far too many youth are not achieving access to the opportunities of education, culture, and athletics. We need to encourage youth, especially people of color, to explore their passions, develop their skills, and make strong and lasting contributions to the world. Active involvement in education, creating cultural experiences, and participation in athletic endeavors shapes a lifetime of learning.
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change: The changing climate is posing significant challenges to our ability to promote biodiversity, wildlife, and habitat. Our stewardship efforts need new adaptive strategies in order to preserve the resilience of our vital ecosystems and to promote biodiversity and the protection of wildlife.

 In our funding decisions, we continue to be guided by these core principles::

  • Relevance: The Board continually seeks information regarding significant opportunities in our region and in our focus areas to ensure that we are responding to current needs and opportunities.
  • Community Engagement: We seek to foster community engagement in protecting wildlife and habitat and developing youth skills, thereby building on community strengths and actions.
  • Focus on Place: Grounded in the Northwest, we fund in urban, rural and tribal communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
  • Expand Opportunity: We give special consideration in our grant making to benefit and expand opportunities for underserved populations in our region.

Please read through our two focus areas, our program descriptions, and what we do not fund before submitting an on-line application. Thank you for your interest in the work of the Charlotte Martin Foundation.

All applications for funding are received electronically. Learn more about our program priorities and our grantmaking at how to apply.