The Maki Foundation, established in 1981, makes grants for environmental protection in the western United States. In particular, the foundation is concerned with protection and preservation of the Rocky Mountain West’s remaining wild lands, rivers, and wilderness, as well as the wildlife that depends on these lands. The Maki Foundation’s geographic area of interest includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.
The foundation supports organizations working to improve public lands policy, protect biological diversity, and defend wildlands. The foundation looks for organizations and projects where modest support can make a significant contribution. The majority of successful applicants for Maki grants are small local and regional grassroots organizations working to protect public lands and rivers from threats such as mineral development, unconstrained off-road vehicle use, and poorly planned water projects. Grants usually range from $1,000 to $5,000.
At this time, the Foundation’s priorities are as follows:
- wilderness and wildlands protection
- river and wetlands conservation
- biological diversity conservation
- public lands management