Our Four-Step Application Process is designed to be as clear and simple as possible. For applicants who have received funding from Arcus within the past three years, we have streamlined some aspects of Steps 3 and 4. At any point within the process, feel free to call our program staff for guidance.
Grants are awarded four times a year – but you can make an initial funding inquiry at any time.
Organizations must be tax-exempt, meet our EEO requirement, and align with our mission, vision and goals. Specifically, your organization must:
We believe the organizations we fund should share our goals of inclusiveness, diversity and respect. We therefore require our partners to have an official, board approved EEO policy that specifically includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The fine print: Sorry, we do not make grants to individuals, or for scholarships, lobbying purposes, political campaigns, film production or medical research.
An initial conversation with one of our program staff is required before submitting a written request. Contact the appropriate Arcus Foundation staff person below to discuss your interest and your ideas for a request. We can help you identify the most appropriate program area for your request, help you craft your letter of inquiry, walk you through the remaining steps, and work with you to develop measurement strategies to track impact. We suggest you contact us four to six months before the project start date.
Program Staff Contact Information
Arcus Great Apes Program
All Great Apes Program inquiries, please call or email
Marie Stevenson, Program Associate and UK Office Manager
+44.1223.451050 (UK office)
Please note: To be eligible for support for the Apes in Captivity program, sanctuaries must adhere to strict policies regarding the treatment of apes. They may not breed rescued apes or engage in any commercial activity (such as using great apes for entertainment or hire, or buying, selling, trading, loaning or donated apes). Public access is allowed only when resident apes are accorded privacy and shelter, and their overall well-being is not compromised. Organizations must accept responsibility for the lifetime care of all apes, which may include rehabilitation and release to native habitat or transfer to another facility that can offer higher quality care.
All applicants, new or returning, must submit a Letter of Inquiry Form (LOI) upon invitation, in order to be considered for grant support.
Applicants that have not received funding by the Arcus Foundation in the past three years must also submit:
1. IRS 501(c)3 letter to verify non-profit status.
2. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
Click here to download the LOI form.
or mail to:
402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
After reviewing your Letter of Inquiry, the Foundation will let you know whether a full proposal is invited, and if so, the deadline for submission. Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal can be found in Step 4. Our Grant Application Checklist will also guide you through the process.
Final decisions on grant awards are made by the Foundation’s Board, which meets to review funding requests four times a year.
Please contact your program assistant at any time for assistance in completing your proposal. Each proposal must include the following:
1. Grant Proposal Cover Sheet, completed and signed.
2. Proposal Form
a.) Board of Directors List with affiliations.
b.) Financial Information
Email or Upload (We prefer you send your proposal electronically.)
2. Via upload: http://www.arcusfoundation.org/pages_3/upload.cfm
Mail to: (If you are not able to email or upload your application, please mail 3 hard copies of the full packet including attachments, without binders or folders. )
402 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
We look forward to receiving your proposal!
The Arcus Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports organizations around the world working to conserve and protect the great apes.
International Wilderness Leadership Foundation
Boulder, Colo. $110,550
The A.P.E.S. Portal is an online tool
that provides real-time, visual representation of information about great apes, their habitats, populations, threats and conservation efforts around the world.
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