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Kaiser Conservation Endowment


Much of Verle Kaiser’s 39 years of service with the Soil Conservation Service was devoted to the study of erosion problems on the Palouse. After his death, friends and colleagues established the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment with the WSU Foundation to promote the conservation ethic through conservation and natural resource education.

Washington State University is soliciting proposals for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion. Proposals are sought on the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other educational-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire–the area east of the Washington Cascades and north of the Salmon River in Idaho.

After a delay offering the Kaiser Conservation Endowments in 2020 and 2021, the 2023 cycle is back on track. Please check below for more information on how to apply for the 2023 cycle.

Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. Instructions for proposal format can be found here: Kaiser Conservation Endowment RFP 2023.  The deadline for submission to the 2023 cycle has passed. Please check back for the 2024 cycle announcement.

For more information, contact: Katie Doonan,