Foundation and government agencies provide important support for the Aquarium’s general operation as well as key research and conservation projects. Grant-making opportunities include unrestricted grants, improvements and renovations to our exhibits, outstanding education and community learning opportunities for children and teens and initiatives that support the conservation of aquatic animals and habitats around the globe.

Below are some of the recent grants the Aquarium has been awarded:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded several education and research initiatives over the years. Most recently, NSF provided $889,259 (over 2 years) for collaborative work with other U.S. aquariums to help us educate our visitors about climate change and the oceans.

Conservation International (CI) is both a partner and a funder of the Aquarium’s work in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. The Aquarium provides vital leadership and administrative support for this initiative, thanks in part to CI’s Global Conservation Fund, which has granted nearly $1 million toward this project.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) provides annual unrestricted operating support, allowing us to use funds where most needed. We are grateful to our legislators for their support of this important state funding agency.

The Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation has been an important supporter for nearly 25 years, recently pledging $400,000 for the upcoming renovation of our Giant Ocean Tank and its Caribbean coral reef exhibit.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently funding three important collaborative ocean education programs (with funding totaling more than $1 million over 3 years) based at the Aquarium. NOAA also provides support to our Marine Animal Rescue program.

The Morris Animal Foundation granted $36,557 for research on North Atlantic right whale health. Specifically, they supported work assessing the impacts of biotoxins (e.g. red tides) and protozoa on this critically-endangered species.

For more information about foundation and government giving, please contact:
Susan Thompson
Director of Foundation and Government Relations
New England Aquarium


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