Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
    The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. The focus is on ecological improvements, including wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; water quality monitoring; and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards, and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation. The program requires the establishment of partnerships of at least five organizations (nonprofit organizations, local and state government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions). Grants for this program are available nationwide, but additional funding is available for specific geographic priorities. Matching grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000, with an average of $30,000.
    Deadline: January 30, 2020
  • Grants Promote Sustainably Managed Forests in the U.S. and Canada
    Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Community Grants

    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a solutions-oriented sustainability organization that collaborates on forest-based conservation and community initiatives in the United States and Canada. SFI’s Community Grants promote collaboration with the SFI Network to support local communities’ understanding of the value of and benefits from sustainably managed forests. Projects supported have included traditional Indigenous knowledge transfer from elders to youth, workshops to discuss forest management, educational field trips for underserved populations, and programming focused on the value of mass timber. Grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000. All projects must include an SFI Implementation Committee and/or SFI Program Participant and be based in the U.S. or Canada.
    Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • 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 February 1, June 1, and October 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Small Grants Program and to take the eligibility quiz.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    NRCS in Louisiana is requesting applications to provide planning, design, and implementation of restoration activities on eligible Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easement (ACEP-WRE), Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), and Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE). Applications are being requested from eligible government or non-government organizations, tribes, or individuals for competitive consideration. For more information, see:
    A total of up to $12 million is available in FY2020. All agreements will be five years in duration.
    Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Environmental Protection Agency – Environmental Justice funding
    The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia) as they develop and implement community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations. Eligible projects must demonstrate use of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model to support their collaborative efforts during the project period. Applying organizations should have a direct connection to the underserved community impacted by the environmental harms and risks detailed in the workplan.
    Deadline: February 7, 2020
  • 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): Feb. 15, May 15, August 15, and Oct. 28
    Link to Complete RFP
  • Grants Address Colorado Habitat Restoration
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment Colorado Program

    The Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment (RESTORE) Colorado Program, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), focuses on the restoration, enhancement, and expansion of wildlife habitat throughout the state of Colorado. In the inaugural year of 2020, RESTORE Colorado is offering up to $2.5 million to fund at-scale habitat improvement projects across priority landscapes including the following: river corridors, riparian areas, and wetlands; eastern Colorado grasslands; sagebrush; big game winter range and migration routes; and forestland projects in specific geographies. Priority will be given to projects that implement conservation practices directly on-the-ground and/or which increase organizational capacity to implement conservation activities.
    Deadline: February 27, 2020
  • Grants Focus on Toxics Issues in California
    As You Sow

    The mission of As You Sow is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. The As You Sow grant program supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state of California that address toxics reduction, environmental education, protection of communities, and enforcement of environmental laws. Priority is given to proposals in the following areas: enforcement of California state consumer- and environment-related laws; education of consumers about the risks of toxic exposure and their right to know what goes into consumer products; and toxics education, reduction, and protection in under-represented and underserved communities. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications will be accepted from January 15 through February 28, 2020. Visit the As You Sow website to learn more about the grant guidelines.
  • 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
  • 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 and the links on that page. Submit questions to with this subject line: EA Question.
    Deadline: March 11, 2020

  • Laura Jane Musser Fund – Environmental Initiative Grants
    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.

    The Fund’s goal is to promote public use of open space that improves a community’s quality of life and public health, while also ensuring the protection of healthy, viable and sustainable ecosystems by protecting or restoring habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

    The Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages the use of a community-based approach with broad and active local stakeholder participation in both the planning and implementation stages of projects concerning the environmental preservation and sustainable use of public open spaces.

    Only programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in Texas may apply. Eligible counties in Texas are located in the Rio Grande River Valley (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties), Deep East Texas (Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler counties), and the Brazos Valley (Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties).
    Online application open from Feb. 18-March 18, 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 April 1 and October 1, annually.
  • 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): May 1 and October 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: June 15 and October 15
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at or 612-543-1316
  • 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
  • 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.

    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 stewardship through education
  • 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.