GRANTING HISTORY ARCHIVES
The Cinnabar Foundation’s impact is seen and felt throughout Montana and the Greater
Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), and is reflected in the achievements of the region’s thriving
environmental and conservation community.
Since 1985, the Cinnabar Foundation has awarded more than 2,100 grants to organizations and projects engaged in the Foundation’s areas of interest: public and private land conservation; environmental advocacy, conservation education and research; water quality and fisheries, and community conservation & sustainable agriculture. These grants exceed $9.2 million in total conservation funding.
Because the majority of Cinnabar's grants require a 1:1 match, the impact on Montana and the GYE is doubled. As a result, our 300+ conservation partners have leveraged nearly $20 million for programs, projects and organizational capacity to support their vital work. Almost every credible and effective environmental/conservation organization operating within our funding region has been the recipient of Cinnabar’s support — some for more than 30 consecutive years. Rarely has there been an important environmental victory or major conservation achievement during the past three-plus decades — whether it be conservation of fish and wildlife habitat, preservation of our clean air and water, protection of public lands and wilderness areas, or environmental education for the next generation — that was not positively influenced in some way by support from the Cinnabar Foundation.
Approximately two-thirds of Cinnabar’s grants are awarded as general support grants to long-term conservation partners to help fund the infrastructure and capacity required to fulfill their missions. The remaining one-third of Cinnabar’s grants are designated for specific, high priority environmental and conservation projects.
Each year, the Cinnabar Foundation’s board of directors considers the most pressing
environmental issues and conservation opportunities facing Montana and the GYE, and prioritizes
its grant-making accordingly.
Grants Awarded by Years