The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat.


The Charlotte Martin Foundation is currently looking for an additional board member. Please click here for information.

Our Programs

To advance our mission, the Charlotte Martin Foundation focuses grantmaking in two areas

Grant Guidelines

Learn what we are looking for in programs that we fund

Our Core Principles:

  • Relevance: We continually seek 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 in engaging youth skills to build directly on community needs and strengths.
  • Focus on Place: Grounded in the Northwest, we fund in urban, rural and tribal communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington where people work to improve the places that they live.
  • Expand Opportunity: We give special consideration in our grant making to benefit and expand opportunities for underserved populations in our region.


In our funding of youth and wildlife,
we have further refined our focus in the following areas:

Increasing Opportunities for Minority Youth:

Increasing racial equity and diversity for youth ages 6-18.

Minority led non-profit organizations and those that have diverse leadership and staff are the focus of our grant-making. Organizations serving rural communities are encouraged to apply.

Programs that create opportunities in areas of education, cultural expression and athletics. Including but not limited to:

  • Increase access to and the creation of diverse cultural experiences.
  • Improve school-based and out-of-school learning opportunities in areas such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) and other areas.
  • Increase early college awareness and access to post-secondary education.
  • Increase access to sports and diversify sports programs.

Promoting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate:

Conservation efforts that utilize the impacts of climate change when selecting areas for protection.

Engaging a community of citizens, scientists, and conservationists in educating the public about biodiversity and climate change.

Restoring important lands for biodiversity, focal species, and landscape connectivity. Including but not limited to:

  • Assessments to identify species and communities at risk, including strategies to work toward ecosystem resilience.
  • Identification of barriers to migration and mitigation measures to enhance landscape connectivity.
  • Adaptive restoration strategies based on predicted species range expansion and contraction.
  • Promoting the biodiversity of the marine and freshwater environments.

How it works

Here are the steps to take to apply

Know your timeline

Spring 2018 funding cycle

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

Fall 2018 funding cycle

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

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Applying for a Charlotte Martin Foundation grant is easy! You can save a draft of your application at any time. To return to your draft simply log back in and complete your submission at a later date.

Go to the Online application.