Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • Support for Quality of Life Programs in Company Communities
    Chesapeake Energy Corporate Giving Program
    The Chesapeake Energy Corporate Giving Program supports nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in the company’s operating areas in Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. Donations are provided in the following four primary focus areas: community development, STEM education, environment, and emergency and disaster response. Requests are reviewed three times per year; the next deadline is August 1, 2017.
  • Environmental Initiatives in Company Communities Funded
    Patagonia Environmental Grants Program
    The Patagonia Environmental Grants Program provides support for environmental work in countries where the Patagonia company does business, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Argentina, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Australia, and the Czech Republic. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 are provided for small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. The company helps local groups working to protect local habitat. U.S. nonprofit organizations or organizations with a comparable fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. Visit the Patagonia website to start the online application process by taking the eligibility quiz.
    Annual deadlines: August 31 and April 30
  • U.S. Department of Commerce – NOAA Climate Program Office
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focused on providing the essential and highest quality environmental information vital to our nation’s safety, prosperity and resilience. Toward this goal, the agency conducts and supports weather and climate research, oceanic and atmospheric observations, modeling, information management, assessments, interdisciplinary decision-support research, outreach, education, and partnership development. NOAA envisions a nation that is prepared for, thriving, and resilient to climate variability and change. CPO’s strategy addresses challenges in the areas of (1) Weather and climate extremes, (2) Climate impacts on water resources, (3) Coasts and climate resilience, (4) Sustainability of marine ecosystems, and (5) Changing atmospheric composition and its impacts. CPO’s activities support a unique and highly flexible climate research enterprise to improve scientific understanding of climate variability and change and to enable businesses and communities to derive the benefits of this investment in the present and into the future.
    Award range: 50K-300K
    Deadline: September 11, 2017
  • The Strong Foundation for Environmental Values 
    The foundation awards grants in support of efforts that instill an ecological ethic in individuals and communities, and that encourage grassroots environmental action.

    One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for environmental projects situated in Northern California, the Central Valley, and the Sierra Nevada, including the entire California-Oregon Klamath River watershed and the watersheds that arise in the Sierras and terminate in Nevada’s terminal lakes. The foundation’s definition of Northern California extends from the Oregon border in the north down to and ending at the San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino county lines in the south.

    Projects should involve environmental and conservation efforts, eco-spirituality, grassroots action, environmental education, capacity building, citizen participation, collaborative efforts, innovative programs, land acquisition, and/or planning and training. Climate change programs at the community level are also encouraged.

    To be eligible, applicant organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We will accept grant proposals from applicants with organization operating budgets below and up to $500,000.00 dollars.

    See the Strong Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grants awarded, and application instructions.
    Deadline(s): September 15 and February 15

  • Biomass Research and Development Funding – USDA and DOE
    The Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The projects funded through BRDI will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify our energy portfolio.
    Deadline: September 22, 2017
  • 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 budgets of over $250,000 annually.
    Deadline(s): October 1 and May 1 – annually
  • Hennepin County – Minnesota – Business Recycling Grants
    Funding is available for organizations to purchase recycling containers, start hauling services, or improve onsite recycling infrastructure. The County is required by State law to recycle 75% of its waste by 2030. Businesses and organizations produce more than half of the waste. Starting or improving recycling and organics recovery programs conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
    Accelerated grants: Receive up to $10,000, primarily for recycling containers
    Deadline: ongoing
    Competitive grants: Receive up to $50,000, for large or innovative projects over $10,000
    Deadline(s): October 15, February 15, June 15
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at or 612-543-1316
  • 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.
  • 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. Most grants range between $2,000 and $10,000. Grant requests may be submitted throughout the year. Details on the application process are available on the Foundation’s website.
  • CHS Foundation – Funding to Address Rural and Agricultural Issues
    he CHS Foundation is accepting proposals in each of its funding categories, including Cooperative Education, Rural Youth Leadership Development, Farm and Agricultural Safety, Returning Value to Rural Communities, and University Partnerships. The CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development. The Foundation supports national efforts related to its mission as well as programs within the CHS trade territory for regional, multi-state or statewide projects. Applications must be submitted through the online application form. All applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with the exception of Cooperative Education applications, which are typically due in the fall.
  • The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic DevelopmentInnovation Voucher Pilot Program provides funding for Minnesota businesses to purchase technical assistance and services from public higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations to assist in the development of innovative new products and services that will benefit a company and lead to commercialization.Minnesota businesses must have 40 employees or less with at least 50 percent of employees based in Minnesota. Maximum voucher awards are $25,000 per business and require a 50 percent cash match by voucher recipients. Projects must be completed within 18 months of receipt of the voucher award. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Program funding will be available through June 30, 2017. For more information, see Or contact Brandon Toner at 651.259.7218 or
  • 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.
    No deadline.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce – State and Federal Financial Assistance Directory
  • Minnesota’s Clean Water Land & Legacy Fund
  • Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
    K-12 education – mathematics, environmental science
    Grant range: $50K-$200K
    No deadlines – ongoing
  • Jeffers Foundation
    Wayzata, MN
    Environmental education funding
    No deadlines – ongoing
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund
    No deadlines – ongoing
  • Cedar Tree Foundation
    Program Areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education,
    and Environmental Health
    Funding range: $4K-$200K
    No deadlines – ongoing
    Invitation only, but Letters of Inquiry are welcome.
  • G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
    Funds the environment. Initial approach: Submit Letter of Inquiry to be invited to submit a full proposal.
    No deadline.
  • Grants Examine Environmental Challenges for Communities Nationwide
    The Kresge Foundation’s Healthy Environments grant program seeks to improve the
    health and well-being of vulnerable populations by making the places they live, learn,
    work, and play safe and conducive to overall good health. The Healthy Homes initiative
    supports innovative efforts to address the impacts of housing on health. The Transportation
    and the Built Environment initiative addresses the health effects of freight transport,
    especially on vulnerable communities and workers. The Healthy Food initiative strives to
    improve food-system policies and practices, especially those that disproportionately affect
    low-income communities. Much of the grantmaking in this area focuses on supporting the
    growth of local or regional food-systems and supply chains.
    No deadlines. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time.
  • The Energy Foundation
    Grants Promote Renewable Energy Initiatives in the U.S. and China
    The Energy Foundation is focused on advancing energy efficiency and renewable
    energy policy in the United States and China, the largest and fastest growing
    energy markets in the world. The Foundation’s grantmaking programs include
    support for the following issues: advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy,
    and reducing power generation from conventional coal-fired power plants;
    increasing the efficiency of U.S. homes and businesses, and reducing carbon
    emissions and utility bills; reducing energy use and carbon pollution through
    policies that improve vehicle efficiency and promote clean fuels; supporting policies
    that would put a price on carbon and help avoid the most serious impacts of climate
    change; building national and state support for clean energy and strong climate policies;
    and promoting clean energy programs in China. The Foundation is unable to support
    local projects unless they have been designed for further replication or have broad
    regional or national implications. Applications may be submitted at any time.
  • Wallace Genetic Foundation
    Environmental conservation funding
    Specific interests in sustainable agriculture, protection of farmland,
    conservation of natural resources, biodiversity protection,
    reduction of environmental toxins, and global climate issues.
    Funding range: $25K-$40K
    No deadlines – ongoing
  • Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District (MN)
    Funding for on-the-ground projects, habitat restoration, and shoreland restoration.
    Board meetings are 1st Wed of every month; submit request 3 weeks before a board meeting.
    2014 funding: $5K-$100K
  • Water, Recreation, Transportation Funding Opportunities
    Focus areas: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and National
    Compiled by Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
  • Minnesota Watershed opportunities
  • Cyber-Sierra’s Conservation Grants
    Grants for environmental, watershed, and natural resource projects.