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Ipswich Massachusetts 01938
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Foundation News

>The New England Biolabs Foundation ( NEBF ) is a private independent foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places. Established in 1982 by the founder of New England Biolabs, Inc., the Foundation supports grassroots organizations and NGOs in selected countries of Central America, South America and West Africa, as well as locally (the North Shore of Massachusetts). Occasionally, grants are also made to organizations in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

Trail Dedication. On a beautiful day in May of this past year, a group of friends gathered to dedicate Foster Crossing, a section of public-access trail maintained by the Essex County Trail Association. The trail is named in memory of Susan F. Foster, New England Biolabs Foundation's long-time assistant director, who passed away in December 2012. Foster Crossing is located on a westward-facing meadow on the New England Biolabs' campus in Ipswich and is marked by a granite bench created by local artist Michael Updike. The inscription on the bench, taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson, reads:
                           To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
                                               One clover, and a bee....

The next deadline for letters of inquiry is 14 July 2014.
Please see Letter of Inquiry Guidelines for further instructions.

Please note that NEBF will no longer be able to consider an application that has not preceded by a letter of inquiry.

> Our maximum international grant size is $10,000 with grants typically ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Local grants range from $1,000-$5,000.

Please bear in mind that NEBF is a small foundation and each year we receive many more applications for support than we can fund. The state of the global economy has raised many challenges for grassroots conservation organizations seeking support for their work. At the same time it has had an impact on the resources that foundations such as ours have available for grant-making.

While our priority is to support projects that have received prior funding, we will continue to consider new applicants from our priority regions whose projects meet our funding guidlines.

We encourage you to review carefully our Funding Priorities and Mission Statement in approaching the Foundation for support. The first step in the process is to send a letter of inquiry according to the format posted at NEBF Letter of Inquiry Guidelines. If your inquiry is accepted you will be invited to prepare a full proposal for consideration by the NEBF board during one of its semi-annual grant meetings. Please monitor this web-site for further updates throughout the year.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jessica Brown, Executive Director

For now please send all inquiries to