Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • Weyerhauser Family Foundation – Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative
    The foundation seeks requests to support organizations that work in forested landscapes to enhance the environment, the economy, and community. Projects that implement integrated approaches in these areas and enhance market valuation of forest ecosystem services are favored.
    The Foundation focuses on supporting activities in the regions in which the family’s business interests originated: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, northern California, western Montana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
    Average grant: $25K or less
    Deadline for Stage 1 application: March 1, 2020
    https://wfamilyfoundation.org/what-we-fund/sustainable-forests-and-communities-initiative/
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience 
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications through a Request for Proposal (RFP) for community strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change and improve community resiliency. Eligible applicants are Minnesota not-for-profit organizations, institutions, political subdivisions of the state, and tribal governments. Total funding available is approximately $250,000.

    Examples of fundable projects are in the RFP document. Funding for these projects is intended to prevent or reduce the environmental impacts caused by warming temperatures, extreme precipitation, and other climate impacts while protecting public health and well-being.

    Forms and details can be found at https://www.pca.state.mn.us/about-mpca/grants-community-strategies-adapt-climate-change and the links on that page. Submit questions to grants-loans.pca@state.mn.us with this subject line: EA Question.
    Deadline: March 11, 2020

  • Grants Strengthen Landscape Conservation Partnerships
    Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

    The Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund, an initiative of the Network for Landscape Conservation, is intended to help accelerate the pace of landscape conservation across the United States. The Fund specifically seeks to build critical capacity and forward momentum in landscape conservation partnerships by supporting key collaborative processes and activities. The Catalyst Fund is open to any landscape conservation partnership in the United States. A portion of the Fund is reserved specifically for Indigenous-led partnerships that work to advance Indigenous landscape conservation priorities. One- or two-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 will be provided.
    Pre-proposal deadline: March 13, 2020; full proposals will be due May 29, 2020. Visit the Network for Landscape Conservation website to download the 2020 Request for Proposals.
  • Support for Climate Solutions Focused on Natural and Working Lands
    Nature Conservancy: Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator

    The Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator grant program, administered by The Nature Conservancy, supports projects with potential to substantially increase the use of natural climate solutions throughout the United States. The focus is on helping to kick-start innovative and scalable approaches for reducing emissions and storing more carbon on natural and working lands in the United States. The program strives to support and develop a portfolio of proven approaches and mechanisms to deploying natural solutions that landowners, state and federal governments, corporations, and other climate leaders can efficiently implement on a broad scale. Priority will be given to projects representing novel approaches for scaling climate solutions in a range of natural and working lands (forests, agricultural lands and grasslands, and wetlands) and geographies. Grants will range from $50,000 to $200,000.
    Deadline for online pre-proposals: March 13, 2020.
  • Grants Promote Habitat Protection in Oregon
    Jubitz Family Foundation: Environment Program

    The Jubitz Family Foundation believes in supporting grassroots nonprofit organizations that work to protect and restore natural forest and freshwater habitats throughout Oregon. The Foundation’s Environment Program is offering an anchor opportunity that will fund a network of up to ten regional environmental grassroots organizations in Oregon to protect and recover habitats. Each selected anchor organization will receive a base grant of up to $10,000 and will also be invited to a fall retreat to discuss top environmental issues with the other anchor organizations and the trustees, consultants, and staff of the Jubitz Family Foundation.
    Deadline: March 15, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.
  • Funds Available for Low Emission Public Vehicles
    Department of Transportation

    The Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program) supports the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. This program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. The application deadline is March 17, 2020.
  • Laura Jane Musser Fund – Environmental Initiative Grants
    The Fund’s Environmental Initiative program supports projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities. Organizations throughout Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Wyoming, as well as organizations in selected counties in New York and Texas, are eligible to apply for planning grants up to $8,000 and implementation grants up to $35,000. The fund assists public or not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities.
    Deadline: March 18, 2020
  • Community Forest Efforts Supported
    Forest Service

    The National Forest Resiliency Innovation Challenge Cost Share Grant Program seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources to improve the public’s health, well-being, and economic vitality and to create resilient ecosystems for present and future generations. Collaborative solutions may include research, prevention, planning, policy, preparedness, implementation, best management practices, recovery, and reforestation that promote the resilience of urban and community forests.
    Deadline: March 30, 2020
  • Funds for Watershed and Source Water Protection in Company Communities
    American Water Environmental Grant Program

    The American Water Environmental Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations that address a watershed or source water protection need in local communities within American Water service areas in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Source water protection projects should result in the protection or improvement of the community’s public drinking water supplies. Watershed protection projects should focus on activities that improve, restore, or protect one or more watersheds. Grants of up to $10,000 will be provided for environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, hazardous waste collection efforts, etc.
    Deadline: March 31, 2020. Visit the company’s website to download the 2020 Program Brochure and the Grant Application Form, and to access contact information for each state.
  • Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry Promotion Projects in the Northeast Funded
    Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program

    The Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program supports nonprofit organizations that promote and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in the six New England states, as well as New Jersey and New York. Areas of interest include projects that assist in the development of young and beginning farmers, encourage leadership, develop a greater understanding of agriculture, recognize the accomplishments of ag leaders, study the economic viability of agriculture, and promote interest in the industry. Grants range from $500 to $10,000.
    Deadlines are April 1, August 1, and December 1, annually. Visit the Farm Credit East website to submit an online application.
  • Support for Pacific Northwest Environmental Initiatives
    The Lazar Foundation

    The Lazar Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovative and strategic projects that protect the environment in the Pacific Northwest, including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation’s specific grantmaking areas of interest include the conservation of large, biologically significant terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; the preservation of biological diversity; initiatives that broaden the environmental movement; and projects that strengthen the capacity of the environmental movement’s ability to develop, shape, and communicate its message. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time; invited full proposals are due April 1 and October 1, annually.
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) grants for emission reductions from solvents and coatings. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from common solvent and coating products contribute to poor air quality where we live and work.MPCA grants are now open for organizations, government entities, educational institutions, tribes, and small businesses across Minnesota to switch to alternative solvent and coating products and/or equipment that improves the efficiency of application.The maximum award is $3,000 with a 50% minimum match. The most cost-effective projects will score highest, with additional preference given to projects located in areas of concern for environmental justice, small businesses and organizations, and small organizations that are veteran-owned, economically disadvantaged, or a targeted group business based on ownership.Eligible applicants include:
    • A for-profit business located in Minnesota with under 500 employees
    • A governmental entity, educational institution, tribe, or non-profit organization within Minnesota with any number of employees

    Deadline: April 22, 2020
    Review grant materials, application, and Q&A on the MPCA grants for solvent and coating emission reductions webpage.

  • 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.

    http://fundwildnature.org/
    Deadline(s): May 1 and October 1 – annually

  • 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): May 15, August 15, Oct. 28, and Feb. 15
    Link to Complete RFP
  • Community Grassroots Groups Funded
    Clif Bar Family Foundation: Small Grants Program

    The Clif Bar Family Foundation supports nonprofit grassroots organizations that have the ability to engage local groups, positively impact their communities, and focus most of their resources on useful and positive actions. Grants are provided to organizations throughout the United States, with some emphasis on California. Through the Small Grants Program, the Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to protect the Earth’s beauty and bounty, create a healthy food system, increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, and build stronger communities. Applications are reviewed three times per year; the application deadlines are June 1, October 1, and February 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Small Grants Program and to take the eligibility quiz.
  • 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
    Deadlines: June 15 and October 15
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at andre.x.xiong@hennepin.us or 612-543-1316
    https://www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling
  • Program Seeks to Improve STEM Participation
    National Science Foundation

    The NSF INCLUDES program (NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) seeks to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the support of partnerships and networks to address participation challenges.
    Deadline: July 13, 2020
  • ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES – NO DEADLINE
  • Support for Youth and Environmental Initiatives in Hawaii and Oregon
    The Healy Foundation

    The Healy Foundation is dedicated to building community and supporting the environment and youth in the states of Hawaii and Oregon. Grants are provided in the following areas of interest: youth education (up to age 25), youth advocacy, reduction of childhood poverty, climate change mitigation, and protection of ecosystems. The Foundation’s unrestricted grants range up to $50,000. Nonprofit organizations working in Hawaii or Oregon may submit a letter of inquiry at any time throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and online application procedure.
  • Grants Promote Social Justice and Environmental Protection Programs Worldwide
    Wallace Global Fund

    The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. Grants are provided for initiatives at the national and global levels, as well as for significant local or regional programs offering the potential to leverage broader impact. The focus is on nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations that are catalyzing significant change in line with one of the following priority areas: Challenge Corporate Power, Defend and Renew Democracy, Protect the Environment, Promote Truth and Creative Freedom in Media, and Advance Women’s Human Rights and Empowerment. Online letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the priority areas and application guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    NREL: Decision Support for States. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical experts provide unbiased information on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and issues for state and local government decision-makers.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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
  • Minnesota’s Clean Water Land & Legacy Fund
    www.legacy.leg.mn/opportunities-funding
  • Jeffers Foundation
    Wayzata, MN
    Environmental stewardship through education
    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
  • Wisconsin Funding Opportunities
    http://www.sehinc.com/news/funding?field_fundstate_value_many_to_one=MN+&tid=42