While the Grants and Loans programs took shape after Mr. Norcross’ passing, his legacy of conservation lives on through both programs.
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Effective immediately, the Norcross Wildlife Foundation has suspended its unsolicited grants program.
The program formally began in earnest in 1982 when the board approved approximately $800,000 in grants. Since then, Norcross has awarded over $30,000,000 to support the work of more than 3,000 conservation and environmental NGOs across the US, Canada and South America, local community service programs and our host towns.
Our grants program has been predicated on the belief of our founder – Arthur D. Norcross – that grants made should lead to tangible, lasting results which we should be able to see a year later. As a result, we have made only restricted grants to small conservation and environmental NGOs, primarily for tools and equipment running the gamut from picks and shovels to digital navigational and mapping devices and in some cases for the protection and conservation of open land.
Based on the feedback we have received over the years, following Mr. Norcross’s instructions has resulted in our grants having tremendous impact on the organizations funded. We are pleased that we became known as the “True Value Hardware Store” of the conservation community.
While the Norcross board has decided to suspend the unsolicited grants program for the foreseeable future, Norcross will continue to support conservation efforts via our land loan program, our wildlife sanctuary and through our various partnerships with conservation and environmental organizations. We will also continue supporting our host towns and providing educational opportunities through our school programs and lecture series.
The Board and Staff of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation thank each and every grant applicant for providing us with the opportunity to help you reach your environmental and conservation goals.