2019 Invitation for Proposals
The Dorrance Family Foundation

Animals of the Sierra Nevada Grant Program

The mission of The Dorrance Family Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the community by supporting education and natural resource conservation.


To provide program support for high-performing non-profits demonstrating effectiveness and expertise in the preservation, protection and recovery of imperiled and at-risk wildlife of the Sierra Nevada.


     ◊   Imperiled, at-risk wildlife of the Sierra Nevada

♦   Vertebrates

♦   Keystone, indicator, umbrella, sensitive, of concern, threatened and  endangered species critical to biodiversity

♦   Forest, meadow and freshwater species and habitats

♦   Specific species or suite of species


     ◊   South Central, East Sierra and Southern Sierra

♦   Stanislaus and South

♦   National Parks, National Forests, identified private and public land with active management or strategic plans

     ◊   Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife

♦   Forests

♦   Mountains and mountain meadows

♦   Freshwater

♦   Watersheds within the above


  1. Must be a public charity and have had tax-exempt 501(c)3 status for a minimum of 3 years. Start-ups are not eligible
  2. Must be based in the USA
  3. Only one grant application per organization will be accepted
  4. Joint proposals are accepted
  5. Government agencies are not eligible to apply directly. Programs and projects that include integration, partnership and collaboration with state and federal management agencies are acceptable.  Universities and colleges are eligible to apply
  6. If you are the supporting organization or fiscal sponsor for another entity you must clearly specify whether you are requesting funding for your organization or for the organization you support/sponsor. Your responses to the questions must reflect the organization for which you are requesting funding and that will be carrying out the proposed work


The Dorrance Family Foundation will use the following criteria to review and select grantees:

  1. The extent to which the project meets the program goal of The Dorrance Family Foundation and application criteria
  2. Clear, measurable and identifiable objectives, timelines, benchmarks and impact on animal species/suite of species
      • ♦  Focus on animal species/suite of species
      • ♦  Identified key threats and solutions
      • ♦  Ecosystem-based, landscape scale, site specific
      • ♦  Ready-to-proceed projects
      • ♦  Addresses major ecosystem stressors and threats
      • ♦  Ability to measure and identify progress within a reasonable period of time
  3. Accessible for site visits and site-specific progress reports. The board members of the Foundation wish to visit and experience (within reason) the landscapes and ecosystems where the work is being done
  4. If applicable, the extent to which the project can be scaled up or replicated in the future with additional funders, through collaborations, or through other methods and systemic approaches
  5. Organizational capacity and expertise of the applicant to achieve the intended outcomes
  6. The extent to which the project activities are directly tied to desired outcomes
    • ♦ Long-term research only projects are not suggested
  7. The track-record and credibility of the organization
  8. Fully completed letter of inquiry and application. Incomplete letters of inquiry or grant applications will not be considered


Grants MAY NOT be used for the following:

  1. Benefit of specific individuals
  2. Capital campaigns with the exception of capital needs that significantly and measurably improve organizational or program effectiveness and impact
  3. General operating (overhead and other administrative costs are acceptable as they relate to the program and project for which funding is being requested)
  4. Endowment
  5. Re-granting to other organizations or individuals
  6. Activities that promote religious beliefs
  7. Lobbying – IRS-defined lobbying activities are prohibited by federal law
  8. Partisan research and analysis, and non-permissible policy-related activities


Applicants are strongly encouraged to request only the specific amount needed to adequately fund their effort and proposed needs. The Dorrance Family Foundation will fund the final selected grantees based on their requests up to the provided limit and based on the number of final applicants.

  1. Combined total grants awarded will not exceed $1,000,000
  2. Grant requests must not exceed 30% of the organization’s annual budget
  3. More than one grant may be awarded
  4. Joint proposals are accepted
  5. Grant requests must be between $200,000 and $1,000,000. If smaller, please call to discuss in advance of submission


Applications will only be accepted online, beginning with a submission of a letter of inquiry. If your organization meets the Invitation for Proposal guidelines, click on the “CLICK HERE TO APPLY” button below to begin your submission according to the Invitation for Proposal schedule and deadline. Please note that if you have received a grant from The Dorrance Family Foundation in the past, you may already have an organization account and log-in information. Contact Suzie Yanez, 480-367-7355 with any questions.


You will be asked to provide information through an initial online letter of inquiry process.  Please be specific and concise about the location/s and details of your proposed work.  If invited to move on in our selection process, you will receive an invitation with instructions on how to submit a full proposal through our online grant application.  Be sure to hit the “SUBMIT LETTER OF INQUIRY” button to successfully submit your information.


  1. Proof of IRS federal tax-exempt status, 501(c)3
  2. Operating budget (organizations with multiple branches or chapters must submit a state-specific budget). Supporting organizations must submit an operating budget for the organization for which funding is being requested
  3. Project budget
  4. Most recently filed 990 and most recently audited financial statement (if available)
  5. Most recent Profit and loss statement
  6. Roster of board of directors and executive leadership team (for full proposals only)
  7. Optional: 2-5-minute video that visually articulates the need and how your organization will address the need, or photos (for full proposals only)


Submit your letter of inquiry by clicking the “SUBMIT LETTER OF INQUIRY” button at the end of the online form no later than 5:00 pm PT, June 30, 2019. Letters of inquiry and invited full proposals will only be accepted through our online process.


  1. Invitation for Proposals and Letter of Inquiry Information Released – June 3
  2. Letter of Inquiry Due – June 30, 5:00 pm PT
  3. First Round Selection/Invitation to Submit Full Proposal – July 15
  4. Full Proposal Due – By August 1, 12:00 pm PT
  5. Site Visits – August – September
  6. Final Review for Grant Determinations – October – November
  7. Award Letters and Notifications – November
  8. Funds Released – By December
  9. Interim Progress Reports Due – Within six months of grant award, subject to grant agreement
  10. Final Progress Report Due – Upon conclusion of the primary objectives of grant award, and subject to grant agreement and agreed upon deadline



We will be holding a brief conference call to answer your remaining questions and review the online letter of inquiry and selection process on June 13, 10:00 – 10:30 am PT. Dial 480-500-6990, to join the call.