Welcome the the Arthur L & Elaine V. Johnson Foundation

Grant Application System

Before you begin...

To apply for a grant from the Arthur L. & Elaine V. Johnson Foundation you must follow these steps:

  1. Review all of the information on this page to ensure that you are eligible to apply and that your request is aligned with our funding priorities.
  2. Register for an account on this system (the link is at the top of this page).
  3. Once you have an account you must submit an initial inquiry.  The initial Inquiry takes the place of a letter of inquiry.  Note:  you MUST begin the application process with an initial inquiry.
  4. When you have submitted an initial inquiry we will review the information and determine if an application would be in order.
  5. We will email our determination to the address associated with your account.
  6. Once approved, return to this site to complete a formal application.  All applications must be completed by August 1st.  
  7. We will make final granting decisions and notify applicants by email early in the 4th quarter.

All applicants are advised to carefully review the remainder of this page prior to beginning the application process.


  • Grant recipients must be charitable organizations as described in Section 501(C)(3) and 509 (a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Requests must be aligned to one of the two areas we fund.


We fund in two general areas: Handicap assistance animals and nature and wildlife conservation.

  1. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide for the care, benefit, support and preservation of guide dogs or other animals specifically trained to assist the sight-impaired or otherwise physically handicapped individuals (or that facilitate the use of such animals by sight-impaired or otherwise handicapped individuals).
  2. We also award grants to organizations that provide for the preservation, care, and benefit of wildlife and the world’s natural resources and environment.

Our priorities and other important factors that influence funding decisions:

We desire that the Foundation be a catalyst for change and therefore prefer to fund projects that will assist an organization in a long-term change.  Requests for funds to support on-going program costs are given a lower priority.

For funding in the area of handicap assistance animals:

  • Our highest priority is dogs to assist the blind, followed by other animals specially trained to perform tasks that a physical impairment prevents a person from doing for himself or herself. 
  • We do not fund therapy, medical alert, autism, PTSD, facility, or emotional support animals. If your organization funds such animals in addition to animals to assist the physically handicapped, you are strongly encouraged to provide an accounting of how many of each type of animal are placed as part of your application.
  • We do not fund organizations that require recipients to pay (other than a nominal fee) or to do significant fundraising for the organization.

For funding in the area of nature conservancy:

  • Our highest priority is for direct conservation (e.g., preservation or restoration of natural land, animal conservation or preservation) and science-based conservation activities (i.e., research designed to lead to better land and wildlife management).
  • We give higher priority to applications focused on critical habitat or environments or on threatened or endangered species.
  • We do not fund organizations whose primary focus is education or advocacy. 
  • We do not fund animal sanctuaries that are not focused on wildlife rehabilitation and release.
  • Wildlife rehabilitation that is not primarily focused on threatened, endangered or otherwise significant species are rarely funded.
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