Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • 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): August 15, Oct. 28; Feb. 15, and May 15
    Link to Complete RFP

  • Green Partners Environmental Education Program (Minnesota)
    Hennepin County provides funding and support to organizations to to actively educate, engage and motivate residents to become environmental stewards and make positive behavior changes. Awarded grants focus on actions to prevent waste, recycle, reduce household hazardous waste, conserve energy, care for trees, protect pollinators, and improve our air and water quality.Hennepin County awards two types of environmental education grants:

    • Motivating behavior change for projects that focus on motivating adults and older youth to take one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies. See the motivating behavior change guidelines (PDF) for more information.
    • Youth environmental stewardship for projects that work with youth on developing an environmental ethic and interest in environmental stewardship using environmental education best practices. See the youth environmental stewardship grant guidelines (PDF) for more information.

    Two levels of funding are awarded:

    • If you have received a Green Partners environmental education grant before, you can apply for up to $20,000 for a one-year project or up to $40,000 for a two-year project.
    • If you have never received a Green Partners environmental education grant before, you can apply for up to $10,000 for a one-year project.

    Eligible organizations

    • Registered nonprofit organizations such as community groups, youth programs and congregations
    • Park districts
    • Private and public schools and school districts, including community educations programs like early childhood family education

    See the Green Partners grants flyer (PDF) for a comparison of the grant options.
    Deadline: August 31, 2018

  • The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) – Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants (MN)
    The Board is accepting competitive grant applications from local governments for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. Up to $33.8 million is available for protecting, enhancing, and restoring water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams along with protecting groundwater and drinking water sources from degradation. These funds are available as a result of the Legacy Amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. See the Request for Proposals on the BWSR website for details.
    Deadline: August 31, 2018
  • Programs Promoting a Sustainable Future for Montana Funded
    High Stakes Foundation

    The High Stakes Foundation supports visionary people and organizations that are leading and implementing changes that create a sustainable future for Montana. The Foundation’s areas of grantmaking interest include the following: The Climate Change category focuses on creating climate change solutions in Montana, as well as enhancing food security and reduced water and energy consumption. The Economic Development and Social Justice category focuses on promoting a just, equitable, and sustainable society; creating a vibrant democracy with an informed, involved citizenry; expanding opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship; and promoting economic development to create living wage jobs for Montanans. The Leadership category focuses on encouraging leadership for the next generation of Montanans. In addition, the Foundation’s Special Initiative supports organizations that are doing community organizing, strategy, and education about the negative effects of coal being exported to China through the rail systems that run through Montana.
    Deadline: September 1, 2018
  • The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, the Charles County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, the City of Gaithersburg, and Howard County, is accepting applications for its Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. The program encourages outreach and community engagement activities that increase the stewardship ethic of natural resources as well as on-the-ground activities that demonstrate restoration techniques and engage Maryland citizens in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.
    Applicants can request funds through one of the following tracks: Outreach, Restoration, and Outreach and Restoration:
    1) Outreach: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of projects focused on education and awareness as project outcomes.
    2) Restoration: Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of implementation projects.
    3) Outreach and Restoration: Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to projects that combine restoration and outreach elements to measurably build knowledge within the community served.
    Deadline: September 13, 2018
  • The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
    The foundation is accepting applications for the Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund, which was created by a record legal settlement between the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (Soundkeeper) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, and has since been supplemented by several other pollution mitigation payments, including Trident Seafoods, Total Terminals, SSA Terminals, and Louis Dreyfus Company Washington LLC. The fund’s goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts designed to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. Since inception in 2012, around $2.5 million in grants have been awarded in support of projects in Puget Sound related to conservation, restoration, citizen science, environmental justice, shoreline access, and environmental education.Priority will be given to projects that directly benefit the Green-Duwamish River watershed and Central and North Puget Sound from Tacoma to Mt. Vernon. While this is not specifically an environmental justice fund, supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides all of the Rose Foundation’s programs. Applications from environmental justice organizations are strongly encouraged.
    Deadline: September 14, 2018
  • The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) – Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program
    This program funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota. Funding for this grant program is from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, created by the people of Minnesota.

    The DNR manages this reimbursable program to provide competitive matching grants from $5,000 to $400,000 to local, regional, state, and national nonprofit organizations, including government entities. For more information, see the Request for Proposals on the DNR website.
    There will be five funding rounds for Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) grant cycle and two funding rounds for the Traditional and Metro grant cycle.
    Deadline(s): Sept. 17, 2018 for Round 1 ECP grant cycle and Sept. 24, 2018 for Round 1 Traditional and Metro grant cycle. For more information on 2019 funding cycles, see

  • BBVA Compass Foundation – Community Giving
    Proposals must align with one or more of the Foundation’s six focus areas: Community Development (including Financial Literacy), Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Diversity and Inclusion. Limited to organizations in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM, and TX.Deadline: September 28, 2018
  • Coastal Program – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides technical and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. The Coastal Program is not a conventional grants program, in that it does not solicit projects through a request for proposals. Instead project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. The Coastal Program – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is available to coastal areas within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin which includes parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.
    Deadline: September 30, 2018
  • The Mountaineers Foundation – Salish Sea Region
    The foundation seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects and active programs that preserve and protect environments and living organisms that influence and support the Salish Sea region, the intricate network of coastal waterways that includes the southwestern portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia and the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Washington. Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. Through its Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant program, the foundation will award two grants of up to $15,000 each for substantial projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes. The grants should lead to high impact or visibility for the project and could span multiple years.
    Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • 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): October 1 and May 1 – annually
  • Business Recycling Grants – Hennepin County – Minnesota 
    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 50K for large or innovative projects over 10K
    Deadline(s): October 15, February 15, June 15
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at or 612-543-1316
  • 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: Nov. 1, 2018 (for new organizations) or August 1, 2019 (for returning organizations)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.