The Waitt Foundation takes a hands-on, partnership-oriented approach to grantmaking. We fund projects and campaigns aimed at ending overfishing, the creation and expansion of Marine Protected Areas, and raising public awareness about the rapid decline in ocean health. With a particular focus on enduring public private partnerships and conservation finance, our principal goal is often to support governments in achieving their own sustainable fisheries and ocean conservation goals. We make direct grants to Nongovernmental Organizations, and work closely with our global network of strategic partners to leverage grant funds and key relationships wherever possible. In doing so, we work closely with our grantees to learn, to build and manage programs, and to offer strategic advice and technical assistance.
We deeply appreciate that in order to see a rebound in global fisheries, conservation programs must include positive economic development outcomes for those communities and nations seeking sustainable fisheries in their waters. Our remit in ocean conservation is not geographically restricted. Rather, we seek out projects with distinct timelines, catalytic effects, and which take advantage of public policy windows and other major world events. While the Waitt Foundation does not take unsolicited grant requests, we welcome the opportunity to work with potential grantees to develop ideas.
At this time, we do not accept unsolicited applications for our larger grants initiative. We do, however, encourage all eligible grantees to consider applying for our small grants programs, the Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grant Program and the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program.