Bears Ears National Monument Community Engagement Fund Grant Guidelines

To support robust Native tribal involvement in managing the Bears Ears National Monument, local community efforts to enhance resource conservation in the monument and the creation of economic opportunity, and promote sustainable use and enjoyment of the new monument, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Wyss Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and the Wilburforce Foundation have established the Bears Ears National Monument Community Engagement Fund at Resources Legacy Fund.

Engagement Fund purposes
The Bear Ears Community Engagement Fund will provide grants for projects that:

  • Minimize threats to the Bears Ears National Monument stemming from looting and vandalism.
  • Support local community and tribal engagement in the development of the Bears Ears National Monument management plan.
  • Sponsor visitor education, cultural resource inventory and interpretation, and/or the cultivation or interpretation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Promote traditional resource stewardship and use.
  • Create opportunities for sustainable recreation use and management by local communities.

Grant proposals are by invitation only. Projects that incorporate Native employment or rely on Native enterprises are especially encouraged.

Letters of Inquiry
RLF will accept letters of inquiry (LOI) regarding potential projects for funding through the Bears Ears National Monument Community Engagement Fund. LOIs should describe the project concept, the organization that is seeking funding, anticipated project outcomes, and a budget. LOIs should be no more than one page and can be submitted at any time via email to

For more information, email