Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • 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
  • Support for Green Growth Efforts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico
    Commission for Environmental Cooperation: North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action

    The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection, and enhancement of the North American environment. The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action, an initiative of CEC, provides funding to nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, environmental groups, community-based associations, academic institutions, Tribal nations, and indigenous peoples and communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Grants of up to $53,000 support community initiatives focusing on Innovation and Partnerships for Green Growth in order to advance environmentally-responsible economic development while decreasing pressure on natural resources and promoting more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. Strategic priority areas include climate change mitigation and adaptation, green growth, and sustainable communities and ecosystems.
    Deadline: September 22, 2017
  • Coastal Habitat Protection Funded
    Fish and Wildlife Service

    The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the Coastal Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species.
    Award ceiling: $10K
    Deadline: September 30, 2017
  • Grants Strengthen STEM Education Projects in the Midwest and East
    Constellation E2 Energy to Educate 

    The Constellation E2 Energy to Educate initiative provides grants for educational projects in company communities in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. that help foster energy conservation and progress. Priority is given to projects that are designed to enhance students’ understanding of science and technology and that inspire them to think differently about energy. The focus is on projects that reach a minimum of 100 students and that align with the following themes: Energy in Transportation, Backyard Generation, and Zero Waste. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for programs in grades six to 12; higher education programs are eligible for grants of up to $50,000.
    Deadline: October 1, 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
  • Environmental Protection Agency – 2017 Targeted Air Shed Grant Program
    This program will assist local, state and/or tribal air pollution control agencies in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Air Shed Grant program is to reduce air pollution in the Nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations. The EPA expects to award 6-7 cooperative agreements.
    Award ceiling: $4 million
    Deadline: October 18, 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: February 15, 2018


  • 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.
    Award range: $2K-$10K
  • CHS Foundation – Funding to Address Rural and Agricultural Issues
    The 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. All applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with the exception of Cooperative Education applications, which are typically due in the fall.
  • 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.
  • Minnesota’s Clean Water Land & Legacy Fund
  • Jeffers Foundation
    Wayzata, MN
    Environmental education funding
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund
  • Cedar Tree Foundation
    Program Areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education,
    and Environmental Health
    Funding range: $4K-$200K
    Invitation only, but Letters of Inquiry are welcome.
  • Water, Recreation, Transportation Funding Opportunities
    Focus areas: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and National
    Compiled by Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.