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Bullitt Foundation - Funding Opportunity

The Foundation looks for high risk, high potential payoff opportunities to exert unusual leverage. It strives to build the intellectual foundations and political support needed for sweeping innovation.

The Bullitt Foundation places high value on being nimble and able to respond quickly to emerging threats and opportunities, while still acting with deliberation and strategic sensibility. At any moment, within its broad mission, the Foundation will be focused on a relatively small subset of explicit priorities that appear especially ripe for progress. The Foundation recognizes that environmental issues are inherently interconnected, and it marshals staff and financial resources across its programs to achieve success.


The Foundation focuses on root causes rather than symptoms. It prefers to prevent problems rather than cure them. It seeks to identify the most talented individuals and most effective organizations and empower them to respond to the most important issues facing the region.


The Foundation currently focuses most of its grants on strategies that:


  • Support legal challenges to ensure that environmental laws are vigorously enforced.
  • Foster effective environmental coalitions and further collaboration where appropriate.
  • Encourage strong, effective partnerships between grantees and local groups in the private, public, and tribal sectors to achieve broad consensus on issues of general public interest.
  • Help build strong grassroots organizations in key geographic areas to influence important environmental decisions. (The Foundation also is committed to building and strengthening the environmental movement. It encourages the inclusion of project objectives that build membership, energize activists, and expand sources of financial support.)
  • Support state and regional offices of national environmental organizations whose resources can lend valuable policy and campaign expertise and help assure that the work of local organizations is coordinated with broader regional and national efforts.
  • Support credible research, monitoring, and analysis to ensure that advocacy campaigns are grounded in the best available science.
  • Support efforts to hold public officials accountable for their actions.
  • Help grantees develop and promote appropriate messages for public education.
  • Encourage the creation of economic incentives for activities that promote a sustainable future and seek to eliminate subsidies for environmentally damaging activities.
  • Support independent certification of the products of environmentally superior forestry, fishing, agriculture, and energy, giving consumers a chance to vote with their pocketbooks.