Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation

The Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation has a multidimensional grant program; however, its core interest is in promoting conservation and sustainability. The Foundation’s main geographic focus is in Boulder, Colorado.

From 2007 through 2009, the Foundation was a principal supporter of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), an influential effort to raise awareness of the environmental risks of glacial melt conducted by National Geographic photographer James Balog. Working with the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation and the WILD Foundation, the EIS positioned 27 cameras in remote locations around the world that took photos every hour to document the rapid effects of global climate change on the earth’s glaciers.


  • Boulder, CO
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Grants Approved, 2018


Grants Paid, 2018


Funding Priorities

The Foundation’s grant program primarily focuses on projects within the following areas:

  • Education
  • Environment / Conservation

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under Section 509(a) of that code.
  • The geographic focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking program is Boulder, Colorado, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The Board reserves the right to approve grants in other locations at its discretion.
  • While the Foundation entertains requests from a wide variety of organizations, most grants are initiated at the direction of the program staff and Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

Application Procedure

  • Requests are accepted only through the online application process.
  • Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to send an email of inquiry to Program Officer, Hilary Brown, prior to applying.
  • The grant portal functions best in Chrome, Safari or Firefox internet browsers.
  • Applications are reviewed weekly; however, please allow sufficient time for the review and consideration, and a timely response.
  • There are no fixed deadlines for the submission of applications.
  • The Board of Trustees meets at least annually to approve requests, but may meet as often as every quarter.
  • Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Carol Long at 412-338-3466; specific project-related questions should be directed to program staff.