The Utah Natural Heritage Fund

The Utah Natural Heritage Fund is dedicated to ensuring future generations of Utahns have the ability to prosper and enjoy Utah’s natural heritage.


Our Goals

The Utah Natural Heritage Fund is guided by a committee of individuals interested in protecting Utah's natural environment. We aim to be a source of dialogue and resources for the preservation of our state's natural resources. We work collaboratively and think strategically about how Utahns can sustain the natural beauty and ensure quality of life for its citizens. 

Be Part of the Impact!

You can get involved by attending one of our events, joining our committee, or donating to the Utah Natural Heritage Fund.

  • It's easy. You receive immediate tax deductions for your contributions. We accept gifts of stock, real estate, and other complex assets.
  • It's flexible. While individual not-for-profits come and go, you can be certain that your gifts will support Utah's natural heritage in perpetuity, even as our state's most pressing environmental challenges change.
  • It's efficient. Your contributions are pooled with others, creating greater collective giving power.
  • It's impactful. We provide assistance identifying high-impact not-for-profits and monitoring how grants are used, ensuring that your support has the greatest community impact possible.

For more information on how you can be part of the Utah Natural Heritage Fund give us a call at 801-559-3005.

How to Apply for Funding

The application process is now closed for 2016. Please check back in 2017 for new opportunities.

The Utah Natural Heritage Fund awards grants to organizations committed to sustaining Utah's environment for generations to come.

Our Grantees and History

2011 Grantees

Chautauqua: Promoting civil, civic dialogue

We believe that information is a core community need.  The Community Foundation of Utah is committed to helping our citizens be informed about important issues facing our community and to encourage civil dialogue across traditional boundaries and perspectives. Our Chautauqua, a collaboration of the Community Foundation of Utah and the Utah Natural Heritage Fund, is intended to convene community members for these vital conversations. Historically, Chautauqua was an adult education movement that rose to popularity across the United States, particularly in rural areas, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "The most American thing in America", according to Teddy Roosevelt,  Chautauquas are part of our country's traditional ways of sharing information and developing civic dialogue.

Fall 2011: Our first Chautauqua - Our Natural Heritage

It had been more than 40 years since Utah held a statewide dialogue on issues impacting our natural environment. The purpose of this Chautauqua was to foster new understandings and deeper collaborations among environmental and conservation organizations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. We had a wide range of participants: traditional environmental and conservation focused nonprofit organizations; animal rights, hunting, and fishing groups; the Forest Service; governmental and faith organizations; and corporations whose work has an impact on the environment. Too often conversations about our state’s unique natural heritage have been clouded by history and fraught with tension. The Fall 2011 Chautauqua was a valuable effort to cultivate new understanding. Download the report here.

2012 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2015 Grantees

2016 Grantees


Contact us at 801-559-3005 or  to learn more about the Utah Natural Heritage Fund.