Grants - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative


Y2Y believes in investing in partners, organizations, and students whose projects help realize the vision of connecting and protecting the habitat of the Yellowstone to Yukon region. We are pleased to provide modest monetary support for the conservation community, because safeguarding this diverse and expansive landscape requires collective effort.

Sarah Baker Memorial Fund

2023 Call for Applications

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Canadian and American post-secondary institutions who work on conservation-related research projects that help advance Y2Y’s mission and vision are eligible.

Up to $5,000 is available for the 2024-25 funding cycle, awarded mid-December 2024. Y2Y may, at its discretion, split the award among two or more recipients. Information on the new cycle will be updated here in fall 2024.


Ted Smith Award

This annual award is granted to an individual or group that collaboratively and effectively contributes to long-term conservation in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. A visionary thinker in the North American conservation community, Ted Smith was a passionate ambassador for the Yellowstone to Yukon vision. In 2014, Y2Y established the Ted Smith Award for Conservation Collaboration to commemorate his life, achievements, and unwavering focus on working collectively toward shared goals.

  • 2022 – Cecily Costello (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks); Mark Haroldson (U.S. Geological Survey)
  • 2021 – West Moberly First Nation and Saulteau First Nation; Niitsítapi Water Protectors
  • 2018 – Jean Bjerke
  • 2017 – The Concerned Citizens of Canmore for Protecting Wildlife Connectivity and Stoney Nakoda Nation
  • 2016 – West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation
  • 2015 – Nature Conservancy of Canada, Southern Alberta Land Trust Society and the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association
  • 2014 – Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

partner grants

This annual process allows us to support organizations whose work underpins the Y2Y mission. Since 1998, Y2Y has invested in grassroots organizations and other groups through our annual Y2Y Partner Grants Program. These on-the-ground projects complement the efforts of Y2Y and mobilize work that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own.

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