Foundation to fund Midwestern tree canopy improvement and best regenerative agricultural management practice adoption efforts.

Wright Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation (WFSI) is pleased to announce the opening of our second competitive grant cycle for projects in the Midwest. The foundation has up to $100,000 that will go toward one or more competitive grants for tree canopy improvement. An additional category for best regenerative agricultural management practice adoption was added this cycle, and up to $75,000 will be awarded.

WFSI is looking to partner with a nonprofit organization that has a presence in the Midwest involved in planting trees in urban and suburban areas and greenspaces, and increasing tree species diversity.

The foundation is also looking to partner with nonprofit organizations, farmers, landowners or producers that are interested in best regenerative agricultural management practice adoption that impact water quality, soil erosion, soil health index, synthetic fertilizer, effective use of manure, biodiversity, or methane and nitrous oxide emissions.

“Regenerative agriculture practices are important for improving our ecosystems while providing the food we need. Supporting farmers who desire to implement best management practices that improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, increase biodiversity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while sustaining their pocket-book is crucial,” said Scott Packard, chairman of WFSI. “Increasing and improving soil health has many benefits, which is why it’s one of the foundation’s priorities, and something we are passionate about.”

A letter of intent (details here) including the name of your organization, a brief summary of your proposed project and how it fits into the foundation’s priorities should be emailed to [email protected]. If your project meets our criteria for the project, you will be sent our standard grant application. Letters of intent and applications are accepted from January 10 – February 28, 2022. Grants will be awarded in late March.