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Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Grant

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for ocean conservation programs. Funding is also available to USA nonprofits in eligible states for performing arts programs and to Illinois organizations to promote social causes in eligible regions. Priorities and geographic focuses for each of the three program areas are outlined below.

Conservation - The Foundation’s Conservation grant making focuses primarily upon issues of ocean conservation.  Priorities within Conservation are:

  • Supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas
  • Encouraging sustainable fisheries management
  • Eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
  • Conserving the world’s shark and ray species
  • Limiting plastics pollution and other ocean debris
  • Preserving coral species and ecosystems
  • Grant requests for other types of ocean-related conservation efforts may be considered on a limited basis

Performing Arts - The goal of the Performing Arts program is to support the presentation, perpetuation, and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Grantee organizations include professional performers, presenters, (including broadcasters) and educators. The Foundation is currently considering grants to the Chicago area, Cleveland, Detroit, and the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Washington, D.C. north to Philadelphia, PA). 

Social Causes - The goal of the Foundation’s grantmaking in Social Causes is to promote equitable, safe, and thriving communities, particularly for low-income Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Achieving this goal requires long-term, comprehensive approaches led by those closest to the challenges and the possibilities. The Foundation is committed to understanding and addressing the root causes of persistent inequities for BIPOC families and communities, including the profoundly harmful impacts of structural racism and white supremacy. The Foundation funds efforts that promote access to meaningful life opportunities, such as quality education, networks of support and healing, and financial assets and employment. The Foundation also supports antiracist education, organizing, and advocacy efforts that have strong potential to advance meaningful systemic change. Please note, within Social Causes, the Foundation is currently only able to consider grant requests within the Chicago metropolitan area.

Types of Support:

  • General Operating - This is the most flexible type of grant. Funds may be applied in any manner in which the organization sees fit, subject to its mission.
  • Program/Project Grants - These grants are targeted to a specific program or goal. Applicants must submit a program budget and narrative to support their applications.
  • Education - Education grants support programs which disseminate information crucial to the organization’s mission. They may include, but are not necessarily limited to: lectures, demonstrations, workshops, guided tours, exhibitions, and distribution of printed or online materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178256

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will consider multi-year grants on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service and be designated as a public charity. If you are an international Conservation organization, you are also eligible to apply.

The Foundation will not provide grants for:

- Religious institutions or other nonprofit organizations affiliated with a religion.
- Debt reduction
- Fundraising events
- Events that will have taken place before the determination of an award. The foundation does not fund in arrears. If applying for the Spring cycle, the date of events must begin after May 15th. For the Fall cycle, events must begin after December 1st.

For Performing Arts, please note that the Foundation currently does not fund dance or film. The Foundation also does not fund individual commissions.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation has two grant cycles per year: spring and fall. Please note, all LOIs are due on the deadline date on or before 11:59 PM, Central Time, unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2022:

- The Foundation will begin accepting LOIs (Letters of Inquiry) for the Spring 2022 cycle on Monday, October 11, 2021
- LOIs are due Friday, November 12, 2021
- Full applications are due Friday, January 28, 2022
- Awards will be announced by early May, 2022

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

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Contact the Grants Manager, Wendy Vendel, at for any questions or assistance.

The Foundation’s Chicago office phone number is (773) 628-6980.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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