Funding Opportunities

A grant is an award made to an individual or organization to support the specific costs of project implementation or continuation. Grantors make awards to grantees for many reasons, but the needs of the grantee are usually the primary consideration. For more information, see Grant Writing Guidelines.

 

How to Write a Grant Proposal

Although grants can be from a variety of sources (such as foundations or a government entity), most require the same basic information in the grant proposal. Most grantmaking organizations have their own proposal/application forms, although a few may only give you some basic guidelines. In any case, this site details the most common sections of a grant proposal, and the information that should be included. 

  

General Resources Worldwide North America USA Canada Australia New Zealand Europe

 

GENERAL Resources

The following general resources for grantseekers provide guidance about financial planning, strategies for effective fundraising and tips for successful grantwriting.

 

A Primer on Habitat Project Costs

This primer is designed to help watershed groups estimate the costs of their salmon recovery strategies. It focuses on the capital costs of habitat acquisition and restoration projects and includes cost estimates for construction, design, permitting, appraisal, basic monitoring, routine maintenance, reestablishing the site to prior conditions, and project management costs that are normally associated with implementing a capital project.

http://www.sharedsalmonstrategy.org/files/PrimeronHabitatProjectCosts.pdf

 

Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan

In order to most effectively protect America’s waters, watershed organizations must develop and implement strategies to obtain, diversify, and leverage sustainable sources of funding. This training module is designed to help your watershed organization develop and implement a sustainable funding plan.

http://www.epa.gov/watertrain/sustainablefinance/

 

Finding Funding for Environmental Education Efforts

This digest highlights steps in identifying potential sources for funding and how to apply for those funds.

http://www.ericdigests.org/1993/funding.htm

 

Foundation Center offers a short course on proposal writing. But the proposal does not stand alone. It must be part of a process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors.

http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html

 

Fundraising for Non-Profits Workshop hosted by Environment Canada and Health Canada, including sections on fundraising methods and strategies, writing for fundraising, developing a fundraising plan, and more.

http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/community/pdf/frworknotes.pdf

 

Fundraising Ideas that Work for Grassroots Groups

This user-friendly manual is meant to be a guidebook that assists community-based organizations in developing an effective fundraising strategy and approaching potential donors.

http://www.atl.ec.gc.ca/community/pdf/fr4grass.pdf

 

Grantsmanship Center was founded in 1972 by Norton J. Kiritz to offer grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies. Before this time, no such training existed and small organizations often lacked the skills to compete for grant opportunities.

http://www.tgci.com/funding.shtml

 

Grant Writing Toolkit is provided by the British Columbia Environmental and Occupational Health Research Network (BCEOHRN).

http://www.bceohrn.ca/node/2993

 

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal was created to help empower people to be successful in gaining funds for projects that provide worthwhile social service. A major theme that runs throughout the Guide is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships–with funding agencies, with community organizations, and with the people you are serving–as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives.

http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/hintsone.pdf

 

Handbook for Environmental Project Funding

This handbook was written to assist people in gaining access to the various environmental funding instruments of the European Commission. As such, it is intended to increase the capacity of individuals and organisations to engage in issues of local governance through involvement in projects leading to environmental enhancement and sustainable development at the local level.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/funding/pdf/handbook_funding.pdf

 

Identifying Sources for Funding Environmental Improvements in Your Community is a workshop presentation offering helpful tips and resources for grantseekers.

http://research.unc.edu/grantsource/workshops/estuarine_basics_files/frame.html

 

Non-profit Guides are free, Web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups.

http://www.npguides.org

 

Proposal Writing Tips are provided by the Center for Invasive Plant Management.

http://www.weedcenter.org/funding/grantW.html

 

Tips on Writing a Grant Proposal are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

http://www.epa.gov/ogd/recipient/tips.htm

 

Watershed Funding Resources website was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide tools, databases, and information about sources of funding to practitioners and funders that serve to protect watersheds.

http://www.epa.gov/owow/funding.html

 

WORLDWIDE

 

Captain Planet Foundation supports innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.

http://captainplanetfoundation.org/

 

Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation (primarily desertification and deforestation), and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based approaches.

http://sgp.undp.org/index.cfm

 

Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation focuses on supporting grass-roots projects run by individuals in developing countries, the scheme has provided funding to a wide range of projects.

http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/

 

Terra Viva Grants develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world’s developing countries.

http://www.terravivagrants.org/

 

NORTH AMERICA

 

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.

http://www.cbt.org/

 

FishAmerica Foundation provides funding for hands on-projects at the local level. These projects enhance fish populations, restore fish habitat, improve water quality, and advance fisheries research in North America and Canada.

http://www.fishamerica.org/grants/index.html

 

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) of 1989 provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.

http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm

 

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is committed to protecting the great landscapes of the North American West by making grants to American and Canadian organizations whose work focuses on protecting wilderness, increasing river flows, and engaging new advocates for the environment.

http://www.hewlett.org/

 

USA – National

 

Acorn Foundation offers general support grants to small and innovative grassroots projects that engage in community organizing in order to preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife and advocate for environmental justice.

http://www.commoncounsel.org/Acorn%20Foundation

 

American Forests is always looking for quality tree-planting projects to be funded by our Global ReLeaf Forests ecosystem restoration program.

http://www.americanforests.org/global_releaf/grants/

 

American Rivers and NOAA Community-Based Restoration River Grants for the Community-based Restoration Program have provided financial and technical assistance for river restoration projects benefiting diadromous fish species in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and California.

http://www.americanrivers.org/our-work/restoring-rivers/dams/noaa-grants-program.html

 

Biomimicry’s Innovation for Conservation is a biodiversity conservation program generating contributions from individuals and companies towards preserving the organisms and ecosystems inspiring innovation.

http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/innovation-4-conservation/innovation-for-conservation/protecting-inspiration.html

 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all U.S. Federal programs available to, among others, domestic private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions, specialized groups, and individuals.

https://www.cfda.gov/

 

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection provides a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

http://cfpub.epa.gov/fedfund/

 

Communities Committee provides this list of foundations and programs that support community-owned forests through funding for forest conservation, management, and in some cases land acquisition.

http://www.communitiescommittee.org/COFfunding.html

 

Conservation Alliance makes grants to organizations whose work engages grassroots citizen action in an effort to protect a specific wild land or waterway for its habitat and recreational values.

http://www.conservationalliance.com/

 

Cyber-Sierra’s Conservation Grants Center lists funding sources for wildlife projects that include habitat restoration, water source development, species protection or recovery, adoption of wildlife friendly agricultural practices like shelter belts, and much more.

http://www.conservationgrants.com/wildlife.htm

 

David & Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation that works to improve the lives of children, enable the creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems.

http://www.packard.org/

 

Directory of Funding Sources for environmental projects is organized into a number of different focus areas for easy retrieval of information.

http://www.conservationgrants.com/education.htm

 

Directory of Watershed Resources is an online, searchable database for watershed restoration funding available from federal, state, private and other sources.

http://efc.boisestate.edu/watershed/

 

Federal Grants Wire provides a free resource for federal grants, government grants and loans.

http://www.federalgrantswire.com/

 

Five Star Restoration Program brings together students, conservation corps, other youth groups, citizen groups, corporations, landowners and government agencies to provide environmental education and training through projects that restore wetlands and streams.

http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/restore/5star/

 

Funding for Habitat Restoration Projects: A Citizen’s Guide is a detailed directory of government funding opportunities for community-based habitat restoration projects in the U.S.

http://www.restorationmarketplace.com/assets/documents/Federal_guide_Query_Print_2008_Pres_Budget.pdf

 

Fund for Wild Nature invests in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness.

http://www.fundwildnature.org/index.html

 

Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal government grants.

http://www07.grants.gov/

 

Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment promotes policy, advocacy, and enforcement to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Coastal Bays and the Pacific Coast region.

http://www.campbellfoundation.org/

 

Living Lands is a Defenders of Wildlife project that includes a small grants program to encourage local land trusts to increase their capacity to engage in biodiversity conservation. Approved projects include funding and technical assistance to help land trusts advance specific projects with significant biodiversity values.

http://www.defenders.org/programs_and_policy/habitat_conservation/private_lands/living_lands/grants_and_other_opportunities.php

 

Merck Family Fund awards grants to non-profit organizations in the United States working to restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.

http://www.merckff.org/

 

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant programs provide funding on a competitive basis to projects that sustain, restore, and enhance the United States’ fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.

http://www.nfwf.org

 

National Forest Foundation’s Community Assistance Program is designed to promote the creation of locally based organizations or groups seeking to resolve natural resource issues through a collaborative process.

http://nationalforests.org/conserve/grantprograms/capacitybuilding/cap

 

National Forest Foundation’s Matching Awards Program provides 1:1 matching grants to organizations implementing action-oriented, on-the-ground stewardship and citizen-based science projects that benefit America’s National Forests and Grasslands. By matching NFF federal funds to non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, MAP effectively doubles the resources available to nonprofit partners for implementing these projects.

http://nationalforests.org/conserve/grantprograms/ontheground/map

 

Native Plant Conservation Initiative (NPCI) provides funding to projects that benefit the conservation and restoration of native plants and their ecosystems throughout the United States.

http://www.nps.gov/plants/nfwf/index.htm

 

NOAA Community-based Restoration Program has been providing financial and technical assistance to communities for the restoration of fisheries habitat nationwide. This site lists funding opportunities by the four regions upon which the program focuses.

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration/funding_opportunities/funding.html

 

NOAA’s Information Exchange for Marine Educators Archive of Grants and Funding Opportunities provides extensive and detailed listings that will be of interest not only for those working to protect and restore coastal ecosystems, but for practitioners working in a variety of other focus areas as well.

http://mpa.gov/pdf/helpful-resources/education/grants0510.pdf

 

Patagonia awards environmental grants to organizations that build a strong base of citizen support in order to address the root causes of problems and nurture a commitment to long-term change.

http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/patagonia.go?assetid=2927

 

Red Lodge Clearinghouse provides a search engine that enables project coordinators to locate sources of funding for collaborative projects by state, funder name and/or grant amount.

http://rlch.org/content/get-funding 

Restore America’s Estuaries Community-based Restoration Program has funded more than 570 local restoration projects throughout the United States, achieving tangible results, getting people involved in their communities, and giving them a lifelong passion for restoring our coasts.

http://www.estuaries.org/?id=182

 

Rivers Foundation of the Americas is a public operating foundation dedicated to promoting and funding the conservation, protection and restoration of rivers and their watersheds throughout the Americas.

http://riversfoundation.org/

 

Smart Growth Network has prepared the following directory of environmental funding opportunities for those individuals and groups working to improve the sustainability of urban areas in the U.S.

http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/issues/resources.asp?resource=4&type=16&res=1024

 

Surdna Foundation makes grants in the areas of environment, community revitalization, effective citizenry, the arts and the nonprofit sector, with annual grantmaking of approximately $30 million.

http://www.surdna.org/

 

Taproot Foundation makes grants of high-quality, professional consulting services, called Service Grants, that provide high-potential nonprofit organizations with the tools and services necessary to maximize the impact of their critical work in the community.

http://www.taprootfoundation.org

 

Temper of the Times Foundation provides funds to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for projects related to increasing awareness about wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration in the United States. Grants may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads, to pay for advertising space or airtime, or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets.

http://www.temperfund.org/

 

Threshold Foundation funds organizations that address the root causes of the problems they are trying to alleviate and use the necessary tools (community action, advocacy, legislation, public education, training, etc.) to implement and guide that vision; effectively build and enhance individual and group capacity for civic participation and leadership; and build and strengthen alliances and coalitions.

http://www.thresholdfoundation.org/

 

USDA Conservation Reserve Program provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. It encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips, or riparian buffers.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/crp/

 

USDA Grassland Reserve Program provides funding to help landowners and operators protect, restore, and enhance grassland, including rangeland, pastureland, shrubland, and certain other lands. The program emphasizes support for grazing operations; enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity; and protection of grassland and land containing shrubs and forbs under threat of conversion.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/grp/

 

USDA Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with wetland restoration efforts. 

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/wrp/

 

USDA Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land. The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers WHIP to provide both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/

 

US Environmental Protection Agency hosts links to state environmental agencies that often provide funding for local programs and initiatives.

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/state.htm#MO

 

US Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program provides matching grants to States for acquisition, restoration, management or enhancement of coastal wetlands.

http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/

 

US Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat Program has a directory that lists potential sources of funding for schoolyard habitat restoration and stewardship projects.

http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/school/fund.htm

 

Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education at New York University provides this list of funding resources to support environmental education programs.

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/wallerstein/resources/funding

 

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, through its Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative, is interested in supporting organizations that work in forested landscapes and implement integrated approaches to enhancing ecology, the local economy, and community.

http://www.wfamilyfoundation.org/sustainable_forests.html

 

USA – Western

 

Alaska Conservation Foundation grants are awarded to a range of organizations and projects that work to protect and enhance Alaska’s incredible ecosystems and wildlife, to promote sustainable communities, to help build institutional capacity, and to build broad-based public support for environmental protection.

http://alaskaconservation.org/index.php

 

Bella Vista Foundation’s Ecosystem Restoration Program focuses on protecting, restoring, and revitalizing high priority watershed ecosystems in California and Oregon. Within these key watersheds, the Foundation’s priorities are promoting the sustainable management of forest and agricultural land, revitalizing streams, restoring riparian areas, and protecting biodiversity, with the goal of enhancing and maintaining self-sustaining watershed ecosystems.

http://pfs-llc.net/bellavista/bv_environment.html

 

Bonneville Environmental Foundation Model Watershed Grant Program supports science-based watershed restoration initiatives that demonstrate strong community engagement and strive to implement a long-term and monitoring-intensive restoration approach. 

http://www.b-e-f.org/watersheds/grants.shtm

 

Brainerd Foundation works to protect the environment of the Pacific Northwest and build broad citizen support for conservation. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory constitute the Foundation’s geographic funding region.

http://brainerd.org/

 

Bullitt Foundation’s Ecosystem Services Program targets investments toward organizations and activities that seek to restore and protect the ability of Pacific Northwest ecosystems to provide the products and services needed to sustain human communities.

http://www.bullitt.org/

 

Burning Foundation addressing issues in Washington and Oregon. Priority issue areas include protecting threatened rivers and forests, nurturing native fish populations, and conserving land and open space for ecological and recreational purposes.

http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/burning/index.html

 

California Integrated Waste Management Board provides links to assist educators seeking funds for environmental education, recycling, or science literacy projects.

http://www1.ciwmb.ca.gov/Schools/Funding/default.htm

 

California Wildlife Conservation Board considers eligible enhancement and restoration projects that provide for the long-term maintenance of the restored and/or enhanced habitat.

http://www.wcb.ca.gov/Pages/habitat_enhancement_and_restoration_program.asp

 

Collaborative Forest Restoration Program, under the Community Forest Restoration Act of 2000, established a cooperative forest restoration program in New Mexico to provide cost-share grants to stakeholders for forest restoration projects on public land to be designed through a collaborative process.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/spf/cfrp/

 

Charlotte Martin Foundation awards grants to organizations whose missions are dedicated to preservation, protection or perpetuation of wildlife and/or habitat. Projects should be part of an established or larger design addressing ecosystem health.

http://www.charlottemartin.org/index.htm

 

Compton Foundation promotes community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities.

http://www.comptonfoundation.org/environment.html

 

Dean Witter Foundation awards grants to support specific wildlife conservation projects in Northern California and seminal opportunities to improve and extend environmental education and to stimulate learning.

http://www.deanwitterfoundation.org/index.html

 

Harder Foundation supports organizations and projects that protect biodiversity on public lands and waters in Alaska, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Foundation focuses primarily on preservation of large, biologically significant wildlife habitat areas and healthy terrestrial and nearshore marine ecosystems.

http://www.theharderfoundation.org/

 

Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation awards grants for both general operating expenses and special projects in support of environmental protection and conservation projects focusing on public policy, litigation, citizen involvement, public education, restoration, sustainable land use and environmental justice.

http://www.kongsgaard-goldman.org/

 

Laird Norton Family Foundation makes grants to organizations whose work addresses the focus areas of climate change and watershed stewardship.

http://www.lairdnorton.org/climate-change

 

Lazar Foundation’s specific environmental interests in the Pacific Northwest are the conservation of large, biologically significant terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; preservation of biological diversity; projects that broaden the environmental movement; and projects that strengthen or increase the capacity of the environmental movement’s ability to develop, shape, and communicate its message.

http://www.lazarfoundation.org/guidelines

 

Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation seeks to redress the breakdown in the processes linking nature and humanity. It concerns itself particularly with matters of species extinction, habitat destruction and fragmentation, resource depletion and resource waste.

http://www.lcaof.org/guidelines.html

 

Mead Foundation supports organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the environment primarily in the western United States with emphasis on Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

http://www.gileswmeadfoundation.org/

 

Mountaineers Foundation supports a variety of organizations doing conservation and environmental education work in the Pacific Northwest. Our Community Grants program provides up to $5000 for projects that make a difference in our community.

http://www.mountaineersfoundation.org/our-projects/community-support

 

Northwest Fund for the Environment makes grants to promote changes in the use of natural resources which will increase their protection and preservation in the State of Washington, with special emphasis on the protection of wild fish, native wildlife, natural forests, wetlands and shorelines, and the preservation of pure and free-flowing waters.

http://www.nwfund.org/

 

Oregon Department of State Lands has recently increased its capacity to assist Oregonians with implementing voluntary wetland restoration projects throughout the state and is actively facilitating improved implementation and tracking of voluntary wetland restoration projects via funding provided through a three-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

http://www.oregon.gov/DSL/WETLAND/wetland_restoration.shtml

 

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board focuses on projects that approach natural resources management from a whole-watershed perspective. OWEB encourages projects that foster interagency cooperation, include other sources of funding, provide for local stakeholder involvement, include youth and volunteers and promote learning about watershed concepts.

http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/GRANTS/grant_applications_main.shtml#Eligible_Grant_Projects

 

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services offers watershed stewardship grants that provide up to $10,000 to schools, churches, businesses and other community organizations for projects that protect and enhance watershed health at the local level. Groups can use grant money for supplies, materials, equipment, room rentals, feasibility studies or technical assistance.

http://www.portlandonline.com/BES/index.cfm?c=43077

 

Russell Family Foundation is committed to improving protection of the environment in western Washington, with an emphasis on the waters of Puget Sound. The foundation’s grantmaking is focused on Puget Sound, Environmental Education and Green Business.

http://www.trff.org/

 

Social Venture Partners seeks to promote a healthy future for all life in the Pacific Northwest by fostering environmental stewardship that is ecologically based and economically sound. Environment grants are awarded to King County non-profit organizations.

http://www.svpseattle.org/

 

Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project attempts to accelerate the pace, the extent, and the effectiveness of coastal wetland restoration through developing and implementing a regional prioritization plan for the acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of Southern California’s coastal wetlands and watersheds.

http://www.scwrp.org/

 

Washington Native Plant Society Conservation Committee is soliciting proposals for Conservation Grants of up to $500 that further the goals of conservation of Washington native plants. Through its grant process, the committee’s goal is to support or enhance on-the-ground conservation or restoration projects.

http://www.wnps.org/conservation/conservation_grant.html

 

Weeden Foundation funds non-profits for conservation of unique western terrestrial and aquatic habitat. Targeted habitats include mature forest ecosystems, riparian corridors, and riverine/aquatic environments of demonstrated ecological significance.

http://www.weedenfdn.org/trial.html

 

Whale Tail Grants Program supports programs that teach California’s children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state’s marine and coastal resources. Adopt-A-Beach programs as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component, are also eligible for these grants.

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/plate/plgrant.html

 

Wilburforce Foundation protects wildlife and targeted wildlands in Western North America by actively supporting organizations and leaders advancing conservation solutions.

http://www.wilburforce.org/

 

USA – Midwest

 

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Environment program includes a focus on the conservation and restoration of freshwater ecosystems in North America, with emphasis on the Great Lakes and southeastern U.S.

http://mott.org/

 

Frey Foundation encourages environmental preservation and seeks to maintain a balance between open land and well-planned development in target communities of western Michigan. Grantmaking priorities include: preserving and restoring high-quality lakes and streams, expanding recreation trails and greenways, and protecting and preserving critical lands.

http://www.freyfdn.org/

 

Great Lakes Directory provides this list of environmental grantmaking foundations.

http://www.greatlakesdirectory.org/grants.htm

 

Laura Jane Musser Fund seeks to support programs where a broad range of community members and stakeholders are involved in both planning and implementation of the program and especially those programs that involve local citizens in a hands-on grass-roots approach to stewardship that helps to develop a common vision of the future and harness their energies to make that vision come true.

http://www.musserfund.org/stewardship.php

 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers a number of Community Conservation Assistance Grants.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/comm_con/index.html

 

Minnesota Waters’ Lake and Stream Conservation Partnership Grant Program provides funding assistance for innovative lake and river groups across the state carrying out shoreland habitat improvement and restoration projects, and/or lake and river inventorying and assessment projects to guide water resource improvement, restoration and management. 

http://www.minnesotawaters.org/index.php?uberKey=300&page=3829

 

Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education has created this list of local, state and national funding resources for environmental education programs.

http://www.okaee.org/funding/

 

Wisconsin Association of Lakes grants have provided funds to qualified lake organizations and local governments to help implement lake management plans, purchase property and conservation easements, restore wetlands and shorelands, develop local regulations or ordinances.

http://www.wisconsinlakes.org/grants_protection.html

 

USA – Gulf Coast

 

Community Education Grant Program provides opportunities for people to create community-based educational experiences that lead to the protection and conservation of Florida’s ecosystem.

http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/business/communitygrants/

 

Gulf of Mexico Foundation is a Texas-based nonprofit corporation working to promote and fund research, education, and conservation programs in all areas that border the Gulf – Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Mexico, Cuba, and the adjacent Caribbean.

http://www.gulfmex.org/

 

USA – Eastern

 

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants, administered by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, provides grants to organizations and local governments working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

http://www.chesapeakenemo.net/smallwatershedgrantsconserve.cfm

 

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund was created to support environmental education and restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For each Chesapeake Bay preservation specialty plate sold or renewed, the Chesapeake Restoration Fund receives $15 to use toward grants for restoration and conservation projects.

http://dls.state.va.us/GROUPS/cbrfac/cbrfac2.htm

 

Chesapeake Bay Trust awards grants that support wetlands restoration, living shorelines, oyster seeding, tree plantings, water quality monitoring, educational experiences, and other organizations and projects that have a long-term, measurable impact on the environment and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

http://www.cbtrust.org/

 

Franklin Parker Small Grants program provides funding for non-profit conservation organizations working in the Garden State. These grants are designed to provide assistance to exemplary land acquisition, stewardship and restoration projects which are featured in CRI’s Geographic Funds.

http://www.conservationresourcesinc.org/smallgrants.htm

 

D.C. Schoolyard Greening, a program of the DC Environmental Education Consortium, offers this list of local, regional and national grant providers that support environmental education projects.

http://www.dcschoolyardgreening.org/funding/grantproviders.html

 

Fields Pond Foundation makes grants under the following priorities: (1) project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to conservation lands, rivers, coastlines and other natural resources; (2) land acquisition for conservation; (3) assistance in establishment of endowments as a means of funding stewardship of conservation areas; and (4) related education programs and publications.
http://fieldspond.org/welcome.html

 

Florida Native Plant Society provides up to (3) conservation and up to (3) research grants annually with up to $2,500 available for each grant. 

http://www.fnps.org/pages/programs/programpg.php?keyword=ConservationAwards

 

Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources seeks to fund projects and programs that strengthen “environmental education, pollution prevention and citizen monitoring” and foster collaboration among businesses, citizens, communities, local governments and state agencies.

http://www.fvnr.org/

 

Guide to New Jersey Grants and Loans that Support Sustainability Initiatives lists the many financial incentives available to New Jersey communities interested in transforming their municipality into an environmentally sustainable community.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dsr/bscit/Incentives%20Document%20May%2007.pdf

 

Maryland Department of the Environment provides a listing of local and national private foundations involved in wetlands restoration funding in Maryland.

http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/Wetlands_Waterways/apps/fundinglist/PrivFoundations.asp

 

New York City Environmental Fund was established by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Foundation to foster active community stewardship of waterways, shorelines, parklands and open spaces in and around New York City.

http://www.hudsonriver.org/nycef/

 

Virginia Mini-Grant Program supports community-based efforts to strengthen environmental education and to promote stewardship of Virginia’s waterways. These are intended to be one-time, start-up grants, and preference is given to modest local projects.

http://www.vee.org/mini.cfm

 

CANADA

 

Alberta EcoTrust provides grants to support individuals and organizations working on solution-oriented projects that directly or indirectly improve the province’s air, water and/or wildlife resources.

http://www.albertaecotrust.com/grants

 

British Columbia’s Coastal Community Network maintains this page of links to community funding opportunities for local organizations.

http://www.coastalcommunitynetwork.ca/main.cfm?cid=122&nid=4640

 

Climate-friendly school funding is a summary of potential funds that may be use for environmental projects at Manitoba schools.

http://www.climatechangeconnection.org/Resources/Fundingsummaryforschools.htm

 

City of Ottawa Environmental Grants Directory

http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/funding/enviro/conservation_restoration_en.html

 

Community Futures Development Corporation has compiled these pages of programs and organizations that provide funding and support for community development initiatives in British Columbia.

http://www.communityfutures.com/cms/index.php?id=3&ID=I

 

Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups working to protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment. Project submissions can have an action focus, a community capacity building focus, or a combination of the two.

http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/what_is_e.html

 

Green Grants is a Canadian program that helps fund community-based restoration and stewardship initiatives in urban and urbanizing areas through a partnership between Walmart Canada and Evergreen.

http://www.evergreen.ca/en/cg/cg-funding.html

 

Green Source is a quick reference of funding resources in Canada’s Atlantic region. It includes information on programs that will fund environmental projects in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.

http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/grnsrc/index_e.cfm

 

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) supports projects that maintain and enhance the health and biological diversity of British Columbia’s fish, wildlife, and habitats so that people can use, enjoy, and benefit from these resources.

http://www.hctf.ca/hctf.htm

 

Public Conservation Assistance Fund has made grants available to organizations and individuals who wanted to carry out a conservation project but needed some financial help to get going.

http://www.hctf.ca/pubcon/index.html

 

New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) provides assistance for action-oriented projects with tangible, measurable results, aimed at protecting, preserving and enhancing the Province’s natural environment.

http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/0001-e.asp

 

Ontario’s Community Go Green Fund provides financial assistance for community-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing outreach and education, promoting long-term behavioural change and advocating actions that create measurable results.

http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/cggf.php

 

Ontario Species at Risk Stewardship Fund supports greater public involvement in all kinds of species at risk protection and recovery activities.  The fund provides $18 million to eligible projects over four years (2007 – 2011). 

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Species/2ColumnSubPage/STEL01_131229.html

 

Ontario Trillium Foundation supports the building of healthy and vibrant communities through community-based initiatives that strengthen the capacity of organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors.

http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/cms/en/index.aspx?menuid=57

 

Sources of Funding for Environmental/Conservation Projects is a listing that was put together by the Yukon Department of the Environment.

http://www.environmentyukon.gov.yk.ca/pdf/FundingSourcesMarch2005.pdf

 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has proudly supported the efforts of Canadians who are dedicated to the well-being of our environment. Thousands of people from coast to coast are helping to set a local example for the kind of progress that can truly change the world.

http://www.td.com/fef/overview.jsp

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Caring for our Country is an Australian Government initiative that invites non-government organizations, landcare groups and other community groups, governments, industry and business to form partnerships and collaborate in achieving an environment that is healthy, better protected, well managed and resilient, and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.

http://www.nrm.gov.au/business-plan/index.html

 

Caring for our Country – Environmental Stewardship will purchase environmental services from individuals or organisations that own or manage freehold, leasehold or native title land in Australia.

http://www.nrm.gov.au/stewardship/index.html#who

 

GrantsLINK Australia website offers help finding funding available under a variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities to help develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives or provide assistance in times of hardship.

http://www.grantslink.gov.au/

 

Northern Territory Government of Australia offers individual grants to community groups and organizations for projects that provide benefits to the environment through direct action, research or education.

http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/environment/grants/program/index.html

 

South West Catchments Council of Australia has prepared a listing of corporate foundations and support programs that assist community-based projects in locating funding.

http://swcatchmentscouncil.com/uploads/File/Funding%20Corporate%20Foundations(2).pdf

 

Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) provides funds for community groups or local government working with community groups involved in on-ground revegetation and rehabilitation projects within the Swan region in Western Australia.

http://www.alcoa.com/australia/en/info_page/partnerships_salp.asp

 

Threatened Species Network (TSN) Community Grant Program was established through a partnership between WWF-Australia and the Australian Government to support and inspire communities conducting on-ground work for the ongoing health of the natural environment, specifically targeting the needs of nationally threatened species and ecological communities.

http://wwf.org.au/ourwork/species/tsn/

 

Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO) program helps eligible community based environment and heritage organisations to value, conserve and protect Australia’s natural environment and historic heritage by assisting with their administrative funding.

http://www.environment.gov.au/about/programs/gveho/index.html

 

Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation has compiled this list of potential sources of funding for community-based environmental projects.

http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/DOE_ADMIN/PUBLICATION_REPOSITORY/FUNDING%20AND%20GRANT%20OPPORTUNITIES.PDF

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Biodiversity Funds are a New Zealand initiative to enhance management of indigenous biodiversity outside public conservation lands (i.e. only private land – including Maori land – is funded). This includes areas of native vegetation, wetlands, and the habitats of native fish, birds and other species.

http://www.biodiversity.govt.nz/land/nzbs/pvtland/condition.html

 

Community Conservation Fund is a contestable fund established in 2008 and available from 2008-2010 for established community groups in New Zealand wanting to undertake restoration projects on public land.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/features-archive/community-conservation-fund/

 

Environmental Legal Assistance Fund provides not-for-profit groups with financial assistance to advocate for an environmental issue of public interest in resource management cases at the Environment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Boards of Inquiry.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/ela.html

 

Environmental Monitoring & Action Project of the New Zealand Ministry of Education, provides a list of funding resources for community-based restoration projects and environmental education programs.

http://www.emap.rsnz.org/funding.html

 

Enviroschools Foundation of New Zealand has created this listing of national and international resources for education programs that teach sustainability and environmental awareness.

http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/links/

 

Lottery Significant Projects Fund, managed by New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, provides support for major community-based projects that demonstrate significant support from the community and have a range of benefits that contribute to wider community, regional and/or national outcomes.

http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Services-Lottery-Grants-Lottery-Significant-Projects-Fund?OpenDocument

 

New Zealand’s Environment Centre Fund helps provide projects, activities and services that empower communities to take action that materially improves environmental quality.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/centres.html

 

New Zealand’s Sustainable Management Fund (SMF) provides funding to support community groups, iwi/hapū, businesses and local government in taking practical actions that produce long-term environmental benefits, as well as encouraging proactive partnerships and promoting community action.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/smf/index.html

 

Tindall Foundation supports initiatives that help agencies and communities in New Zealand to be aware of, develop and use processes, products and projects that protect, restore and enhance the environment and lead to sustainability.

http://www.tindall.org.nz/

 

WWF-New Zealand’s Habitat Protection Fund encourages and promotes the conservation of New Zealand’s natural environment. Funding is provided for local habitat protection groups working to protect areas of high conservation significance in their community.

http://www.wwf.org.nz/index.php/new_zealand_conservation/grants/funding_for_local_projects/

 

EUROPE

 

Accessing European Funding is a toolkit for IUCN members and nature conservation organizations. It has been designed as a quick reference to provide easier access to European sources of funding for nature conservation projects, both for funds managed by the European Commission as well as some other sources of funding beyond the EU institutions.

http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/iuc_001_08_lr.pdf

 

European Commission website lists Grants of the European Union by the corresponding EU policy.

http://ec.europa.eu/grants/index_en.htm

 

Operating Grants to European Environmental NGOs are available through the DG Environment programme for NGOs that are primarily active in protecting and enhancing the environment at the European level and involved in the development and implementation of community policy and legislation.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ngos/index_en.htm

 

EUROPE – UK

 

Access to Nature is a Natural England grant scheme established to encourage people from all backgrounds to understand, access and enjoy England’s natural environment.

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/outdoorsforall/accesstonature/default.aspx

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council has compiled this list of fundraising resources for community-based projects.

http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/environment/ecohome/eco_schools_home_page/funding_sources/grants_from_organisations_1.aspx

 

Dartford Borough Council provides the following links to sources of environmental funding.

http://www.dartford.gov.uk/business/environmentalfunding.htm

 

Devon County Council has prepared this fundraising guide as part of its Community Wildlife Toolkit. It offers tips for successful grant applications as well as a list of other helpful resources and a few ideas about potential sources of funding.

http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/environmentplanning/natural_environment/biodiversity/communitywildlifetoolkit/cwt-fundingyourproject.htm

 

Funding for Small to Medium Sized Community Environmental Projects is a list of approximately 50 different funding bodies able to give grants to small-scale community environmental projects, with web-links to many more. The list has been compiled jointly by BTCV (London) and London 21 Sustainability Network.

www.richenvironmentnet.org.uk/files/FUNDING_FOR_COMMUNITY_ENVIRONMENTAL_PROJECTS%2025.10.2006.doc

 

Grantsnet is a search engine for grants available to UK organizations.

http://www.grantsnet.co.uk/

 

Greenspace Scotland provides this directory of funding resources for community-based projects in Scotland.

http://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/default.asp?page=131

 

Natural England’s Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund was launched in 2008 to help achieve the UK government’s commitment to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010, through supporting the recovery of priority species and habitats in England.

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/biodiversity/funding/countdown2010.aspx

 

Parks for People offers grants for projects involving urban or rural green spaces designed for informal recreation and enjoyment.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/howtoapply/ourgrantgivingprogrammes/parks+for+people

 

Restore UK was established in 2001 as a grant-making charity to invest in the protection and restoration of Britain’s natural habitat.

http://www.restoreuk.org/

 

Richmond Environment Network of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames provides funding resources for local environmental groups.

http://www.richenvironmentnet.org.uk/Funding.aspx

 

Tree Council has two grant programs—Trees for Schools and Community Trees—that make funds available for schools and community groups within the UK who are able to show that children under the age of 16 will be actively engaged in the planting projects.

http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/

 

Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) is a non-profit making Environmental Body established to fund community-based environmental projects eligible for grants under the UK’s Landfill Communities Fund.

http://www.wren.org.uk/

 

West Berkshire Council has prepared this list of funding opportunities to assist local organizations working to address environmental issues. 

http://www.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=17695&p=0

 

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