Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • 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): August 15, Oct. 28, Feb. 15, and May 15
    Link to Complete RFP
  • Funds for Environmental Organizations in Alabama and South Florida
    The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

    The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation primarily provides support for the conservation of natural resources in North America and the Caribbean Basin, with emphasis on the United States. The Foundation’s major program areas that are open for application include the following: marine resource conservation and management with a particular interest in fisheries; South Florida ecosystems (Everglades, Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys); and Alabama environmental issues. Site-specific grants are limited to South Florida and Alabama. The Foundation’s grants, averaging $15,000 to $20,000, require a one-to-one match in the year following approval. The final 2020 deadline for letters of inquiry is September 11. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each program area.
  • Support for Community-Based Environmental Initiatives in New England
    New England Grassroots Environment Fund

    The mission of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities. The Fund is currently offering several competitive grant programs designed to foster local, volunteer-driven, community-based environmental initiatives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Seed Grants of $250 to $1,000 help groups launch and build their newly evolving projects. Requests for this program may be submitted throughout the year. Grow Grants of $1,000 to $3,500 enhance the ability of established groups to increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact. Young Leader Grants of up to $7,500 support groups led by young adults, 15 to 25 years old. Applicants are not required to have nonprofit status or to have a fiscal sponsor. The application deadlines for Grow Grants and Young Leader Grants are September 15 and March 15, annuallyand decisions are made through a unique participatory process. Visit the Fund’s website for more information about these grant programs.
  • Funding Available to Promote Natural Resources Education and Employment
    Fish and Wildlife Service

    The Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment program supports youth and veteran serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop introductory educational experiences in natural resource careers for young people and veterans, including culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse students and underserved communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities. Support is available for hands-on experience and mentoring at a variety of USFWS programs, such as national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and ecological services offices. The application deadline is September 15, 2020.
  • 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 October 1 and April 1, annually.
  • 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 October 1, February 1, and June 1.
  • 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): October 1 and May 1 – annually
  • 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: October 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
  • 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 December 1, April 1, and August 1, annually. Visit the Farm Credit East website to submit an online application.
  • ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES – NO DEADLINE
  • Support for Efforts to Transition to Clean Energy
    The Solutions Project: Fighter Fund

    The Solutions Project is dedicated to accelerating the transition to clean energy for all. 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: local and state policy work supporting a just transition to 100% clean energy and a regenerative economy; fossil fuel infrastructure resistance; indigenous organizing and indigenous-led movements; transparent, cleaner, and democratically controlled rural electric cooperatives; and community-led clean energy demonstration projects in need of seed capital. Grants range from $500 to $15,000, typically averaging $5,000. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit The Solutions Project website to learn more about the Fighter Fund.
  • 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