Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • Business Recycling Grants – Hennepin County – Minnesota 
    Hennepin County provides funding and assistance for businesses and institutions to start or improve programs to divert recyclables and/or organics. Eligible recipients include for-profit businesses and institutions, including multifamily housing, and non-profit organizations. Grant activities must take place in Hennepin County.
    Container only grants:
    Receive up to $2,500 for recycling containers only (apply anytime).
    Accelerated grants:
    Receive up to $10,000, primarily for recycling containers (apply anytime)
    Competitive grants:
    Receive up to $50,000, for large or innovative projects over $10,000 (deadline(s): October 15, February 15, and June 15)
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at andre.x.xiong@hennepin.us or 612-543-1316
    https://www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling
  • Program Conserves Wetlands for Birds
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    The NAWCA (North American Wetlands Conservation Act) Small Grants program supports public-private partnerships that involve the long-term protection, restoration, enhancement, or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds.
    Deadline: October 18, 2018
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) – Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grant (DERA)
    MPCA encourages private and public owners of older non-road diesel equipment to apply for MPCA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grant (DERA). The $1.1 million grant funding will focus on non-road diesel equipment such as forklifts, cranes, excavators, barge towboats and locomotive engines that operate in Minnesota. The grant money will dramatically help cut pollution by replacing old, dirty, diesel engines with new, far-cleaner engines. In some cases, funds can help to replace the entire machine.
    https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/diesel-emissions-reduction-act-grants
    Deadline: October 23, 2018
  • The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment – California Wildlands Grassroots Fund (Cal Wildlands) 
    The foundation will award grants of up to $7,500 in support of projects aimed at permanently protecting intact wildlands on both public and private lands in order to help preserve California’s wilderness and native biological diversity. Cal Wildlands defines “wildlands” as natural habitats that are (or have the potential to be) permanently preserved through legislation or deed restrictions.
    Efforts to advance wildlands and open space protection through county and other local planning mechanisms may be eligible for funding. Cal Wildlands also supports policy advocacy, litigation, and regulatory watchdogging at the local, state, and federal levels if the project objective is to protect wildlands.
    To be eligible, applicants must be a California-based nonprofit organization focused protecting and preserving wildlands and open space in California. In addition, organizations must have annual expenses of $150,000 or less and annual income of $150,000 or less.
    Annual deadline(s): Oct. 28; Feb. 15, May 15, August 15
    Link to Complete RFP
  • Grants Enhance Company Communities in the U.S. and Canada
    Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

    The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in company communities, and fostering the understanding of the importance of sustainable working forests. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that serve communities with major Weyerhaeuser facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Fund’s interest areas include Affordable Housing and Shelter; Education and Youth Development; Environmental Stewardship; and Human Services, Civic, and Cultural Growth.
    Deadline: October 30, 2018
  • Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
    Financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. An example of a potential project may be the installation of solar panels for hospitals or clinics to improve energy costs.
    Deadline: October 31, 2018
  • American Honda Foundation – Youth Education STEM grants
    The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training, and literacy.
    Deadline: November 1, 2018 (for new organizations) or August 1, 2019 (for returning organizations)
    https://www.honda.com/community/applying-for-a-grant
  • The North Carolina Community Foundation – Duke Energy Water Resource Fund Program 
    The foundation will award programs and projects to address water quality and quantity issues in streams or watersheds in North Carolina, South Carolina, or certain areas in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia.
    Priority Programs and Projects:
    – Efforts to address water quality and quantity issues in streams or watersheds that are identified as priorities in state or local watershed action
    – Encourage education and awareness of water quality, quantity and conservation issues preferably focused on helping individuals understand how their actions impact the overall health of a river basin
    – Research focused on improving water quality, quantity and conservation issues
    – River management plans
    – Watershed studies
    – Purchase of conservation easements
    – Public use and access to waterways
    https://tinyurl.com/yam5otej
    Deadline for Letter of Intent: November 1, 2018
  • Support for Marine Education Programs in California
    Whale Tail Grants Program
    The goal of the Whale Tail Grants Program, an initiative of the California Coastal Commission, is to support projects 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. Funded projects should fall into one of the following categories: shoreline cleanup and enhancement programs (such as Adopt-A-Beach programs), youth education programs, or programs for the general public. Priority is given to projects that reach communities that are currently poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education. In addition, applicants have the option to request funding under two special subcategories: a) projects addressing climate change as it relates to the ocean or coastline, and b) grants for organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less that are working with underserved communities. Grants will range up to $50,000; one-quarter to one-half of the funding will be allocated in small grants of up to $12,000. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities may apply.
    Deadline: November 5, 2018

  • Support for Conservation Projects in Africa and Asia
    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Future for Wildlife Seed Grants

    The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Future for Wildlife Seed Grants program supports field conservation projects in Africa and Asia. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 are made to conservation and field research initiatives that will help secure a future for wildlife and educational or cultural activities that positively impact wildlife, habitats, and human communities. Priority is given to projects that focus on the following areas: wildlife protection, human wildlife conflict mitigation, development and promotion of sustainable environmental practices, habitat protection and restoration, capacity building, and conservation biology, ecology, and natural history studies. Projects must have clear and direct conservation impact, positively affect local people, and create opportunities for capacity building in country. Initiatives that focus on taxa/issues targeted by the Zoo’s key wildlife conservation programs will also be given priority.
    Pre-proposal deadline: November 5, 2018; deadline for full proposals: January 28, 2019
  • National Science Foundation – Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences. (The limit for small conference proposals is $75,000.)
    Deadline: Nov. 7, 2018 (and Nov. 6, 2019)
    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17573/nsf17573.htm
  • Grants Promote Grassroots Wilderness Protection Efforts
    Fund for Wild Nature
    The Fund for Wild Nature provides grants to grassroots nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada for campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. Priority is given to ecological issues that are not receiving sufficient public attention or funding. Grants, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, are provided for advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. The Fund does not support proposals from organizations with annual budgets of more than 250K.
    Deadline(s): May 1 and October 1 – annually
  • ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES – NO DEADLINE
  • BizRecycling – Ramsey and Washington Counties – Minnesota
    This program is designed to help businesses in Ramsey County and Washington County start, expand, improve, and manage business recycling, including organic waste collection, such as food waste. The BizRecycling program began in 2013 to help East Metro businesses reduce waste and recycle better. BizRecycling connects businesses with recycling experts who can help identify recycling and waste reduction opportunities. We offer free on-site consultations, technical assistance, expert advice and guidance. Businesses can request free container labels for their trash and recycling bins.
    Business recycling grants 
    are available to either start or enhance recycling and organics programs, and to provide assistance in helping manage waste contracts. Grant awards are up to 10K.
  • Patagonia – Grassroots Environmental Campaigns
    Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations.

    The company’s environmental retail grant program supports small, grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas and multi-pronged campaigns aimed at preserving and protecting the environment. Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded in support of projects that are action-oriented, build public involvement and support, focus on root causes, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term change.

    The company does not fund organizations without 501(c)(3) status or an eligible fiscal sponsor. Grants are not provided for general environmental education efforts; land acquisition, land trusts, or conservation easements; research (unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for specific action to alleviate an environmental problem); environmental conferences; endowment funds; political campaigns; or green building projects.

    In addition to the corporate grant program, each Patagonia retail store administers a local grants program. Retail store grant applications are accepted year round. See the Patagonia website for complete program guidelines, application requirements, information on previous grant recipients, and the retail store locator.

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) – 319 Small Watersheds Program
    The 319 Small Watersheds Focus Program seeks interested watersheds to partner with the MPCA in developing a long-term roadmap to support comprehensive implementation on a small-scale watershed.The MPCA is beginning a pilot of ten small watersheds to develop a detailed Focus Grant workplan following the EPA’s Handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters. The selected watersheds (Focus Watersheds) will be prioritized to receive four, four-year grant awards that will span a total of 16 years. These funds will be used to implement a series of projects outlined in the Focus grant workplan, provide a steady source of funding, focus implementation efforts, and achieve measurable water quality improvements on a specific waterbody.
    https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/section-319-small-watersheds-focus
  • Support for Renewable Energy Initiatives
    The Solutions Project: Fighter Fund

    The Solutions Project unites science, business, culture, and community to accelerate the transition towards 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purposes. The Solutions Project’s Fighter Fund is a rapid response grantmaking program that provides support to pivotal frontline leaders accelerating the transition to clean energy in the United States. The Fund’s interest areas include the following: state policy campaigns supporting 100% clean energy for 100% of the people; fossil fuel infrastructure resistance; indigenous organizing and indigenous led movements; supporting transparent, cleaner, and democratically controlled rural electric cooperatives; and community-owned clean energy demonstration projects in need of seed capital. Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $25,000. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2018. Visit The Solutions Project website to learn more about the Fighter Fund.
  • CHS Foundation – Environmental Sustainability
    http://www.chsinc.com/stewardship/environmental-sustainability
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)  – Environmental Assistance Loan
    MPCA offers low-interest loans for capital projects that improve the environment. Apply for the Environmental Assistance (EA) loan program if you’re considering a project in green chemistry, pollution prevention, source reduction, recycling, or composting collection. Capital costs are limited to the costs of machinery and equipment, including freight and installation, and related improvements. Eligible applicants include small to medium-sized businesses and political subdivisions of Minnesota. There is currently funding available. Since the amount available fluctuates, it is recommended to contact the program with questions on fund availability.The EA loan program has two types of loans. Participatory loans provide up to $100,000 at zero percent interest with a dollar-for-dollar match from a participating financial institution. In addition to the interest rate charged by the institution on its matching funds, there may be additional administrative fees. Overall though, these loans generally have a very low interest rate. Direct loans are limited to businesses/entities and up to $50,000 at four percent interest or one half the prime rate, whichever is greater. Direct loans must be matched by one dollar from the applicant for every two dollars received. Start-up businesses are not eligible for direct loans. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the MPCA Environmental Assistance Loan Program for more information.
  • Support for Initiatives Addressing Climate Change and Inequality
    The Nathan Cummings Foundation
    The Nathan Cummings Foundation is committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. The Foundation is currently focused on finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality. The Foundation invests in the following four focus areas that together advance the vision of a healthy planet and a healthy democracy: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voices, Creativity, and Culture. Applying organizations’ work should have global, national, or regional impact. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding strategy for each focus area.
  • Grants Enhance Land Conservation in New England
    Fields Pond Foundation
    The Fields Pond Foundation provides grants to community-based nature and land conservation organizations that serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in the six New England states and upper New York State. The Foundation’s grantmaking priorities include land acquisition for conservation as well as project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to lands, rivers, and coastlines.
    Award range: $2K-$10K
  • The Surdna Foundation
    The Sustainable Environments Program works to overhaul the country’s low-performing infrastructure through improved transit systems, energy efficient buildings, water systems management and strengthened regional food systems. The foundation makes both project and general support grants and accept letters of inquiry on a rolling basis.
    www.surdna.org/grants/how-to-apply.html
  • Minnesota’s Clean Water Land & Legacy Fund
    www.legacy.leg.mn/opportunities-funding
  • Jeffers Foundation
    Wayzata, MN
    Environmental education funding
    www.jeffersfoundation.org/index.php
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund
    www.glpf.org
  • Cedar Tree Foundation
    Program Areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education,
    and Environmental Health
    Funding range: $4K-$200K
    Invitation only, but Letters of Inquiry are welcome.
    www.cedartreefound.org
  • Water, Recreation, Transportation Funding Opportunities
    Focus areas: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and National
    Compiled by Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
    http://www.sehinc.com/news/funding?field_fundstate_value_many_to_one=MN+&tid=42