Thanks to Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance for this great pic of their Wilderness Rangers on the job!

Grow Wild Grant Program

NWSA's Grow Wild Grant Program supports the formation of new wilderness stewardship programs as we work to reach our goal of establishing a wilderness stewardship group for every Wilderness area in the National Wilderness Preservation System. This funding program is offered through a generous donation from The David Berolzheimer Foundation to honor life-long friend and wilderness champion, Elaine Dermody, who is a Founding Member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA).

The program is designed for:

  • Start-up wilderness stewardship groups who need funds to cover costs of establishing a new organization,
  • Existing wilderness stewardship organizations who need funds to expand their work into a new wilderness area, and
  • Existing organizations who want to add a wilderness stewardship arm to their programs.


To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Before proceeding with your application, please contact Joelle Marier, Executive Director at [email protected] to see if this program is right for your needs. Proposals should follow the guidelines established in the Financial Support for Newly Forming Stewardship Groups NWSA policy paper. A team of NWSA Board members reviews applications and makes selections based on the available funding.