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Y2Y Partner Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Organizations in Multiple
States and Provinces to Preserve Biodiversity

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Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 Midnight MST


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Grants to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Alberta organizations, groups, associations, bands, tribes, networks, and partnerships to preserve ecosystem biodiversity within eligible regions. Priority will be given to joint or collaborative proposals from more than one organization working on the same project or initiative. Proposals must benefit the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Recognizing the threat to biodiversity loss throughout the world, Y2Y is inspired by a vision of an interconnected system of wildlands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon, harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature. Y2Y’s mission is to connect and protect Rocky Mountain habitat from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the mountains of northern Yukon so that people and nature can thrive. This vision is guided by conservation strategies that marry leading-edge research with on-the-ground action. Y2Y carries out its work collaboratively with partners across the region, including environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs), government agencies, First Nations/Native American tribes, researchers, foundations, and businesses.

Y2Y uses its conservation strategies to identify Priority Areas - places within the Yellowstone to Yukon region that are either core wildlife habitat areas or large-scale corridors connecting core areas. Y2Y examines threats, opportunities, and capacities in these Priority Areas to determine where to focus efforts. 

Priority will be given to projects that most contribute to the Y2Y Vision:

  1. Address the following threats or opportunities:
    • Promote new protected areas on public lands;
    • Protect habitat on or corridors across private lands;
    • Mitigate the impacts on wildlife of highways or railroads;
    • Reduce conflict and promote co-existence between humans and wildlife;
    • Restore degraded habitat for grizzly bears or other large mammal species;
    • Oppose development, activities, or policies that threaten the Yellowstone to Yukon vision; or 
    • Promote policies that help to advance the Yellowstone to Yukon vision; and
    • Help to communicate the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.
  2. Are undertaken by small grassroots groups and/or organizations that might not otherwise be able to secure funding for their work;
  3. Will benefit significantly from Y2Y's investment;
  4. Focus on co-operative efforts; and
  5. Focus on on-the-ground conservation actions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168666

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be limited to a maximum of $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Applicants must be associations, groups, organizations, tribes, bands, partnerships or networks working within the Yellowstone to Yukon region in support of the Y2Y vision and mission. Individuals wishing to apply must find an eligible organization to sponsor their proposal. There is no requirement for organizations to have charitable status.

- Only one proposal per organization will be accepted. While Y2Y will accept more than one proposal from those organizations that have separate chapters or regional offices as long as each chapter/regional office has its own budget and is responsible for raising part or all of its own funding, the funding process is very competitive and we are unlikely to fund more than one project from a single organization.

- These funds are not intended to fund scientific or academic research, unless that work has been commissioned by an organization as being essential to advance a conservation campaign or project.

- Please note that organizations that have received a Y2Y Partner Grant for the past three consecutive years (2018, 2019, and 2020) are not eligible to apply this year but may reapply in 2022.

- As a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Canadian charity, Y2Y can support only projects that do not include direct lobbying (U.S.)/or political activity (Canada) components. If you are unsure about the definitions of “lobbying” and “political activity”, please consult the government agency that regulates charities in your country.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for Y2Y's Partner Grants Program:

- Request for Proposals: January 25, 2021
- Application deadline: Midnight MST, February 26, 2021
- Notification of decisions: March 26, 2021
- Deadline for reporting: November 30, 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ellen McKay
1.800.966.7920 ext. 8

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects may take place in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region. More information about the region may be found here:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Northwest Territories;   Yukon;

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