Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • Chesapeake Bay Trust – Environmental Education – Maryland
    The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and/or expand pre-K through 12 environmental literacy programs using the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) model. MWEEs are investigations into local environmental issues that include both learning in the classroom and learning outdoors and culminate in students addressing their issue through action projects in their community. MWEEs incorporate a number of best environmental education and education practices in an effort to increase student engagement, academic achievement, and environmental stewardship.
    Deadline: December 8, 2017
    https://cbtrust.org/environmental-education-2/
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  – Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training
    The EPA solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. A critical part of the program is to further environmental justice by ensuring that residents living in communities historically affected by economic disinvestment, health disparities, and environmental contamination, including low-income, minority, and tribal communities, have an opportunity to reap the benefits of revitalization and environmental cleanup. The funding helps residents take advantage of the jobs created by the management, assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of solid and hazardous waste sites, as well as other environmental projects in their communities, such as water quality improvement, chemical risk management, and pesticide management efforts.
    Deadline: December 15, 2017
    https://tinyurl.com/yd2ccd4n
  • Environmental Protection Agency – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) – Phase I
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of its 2017-2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation to develop innovative technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: air quality, manufacturing, clean and safe water, land revitalization, homeland security, and building construction materials. See the full solicitation posted on FedConnect to learn more about these topic areas, view specific subtopics for each area, and access instructions on how to apply. EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program enacted in 1982 to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs, and promote U.S. technical innovation from idea conception to commercialization. EPA’s SBIR funding boosts local economies by creating jobs and promoting collaborations among communities and small businesses. This funding also supports technologies aimed at creating cleaner manufacturing materials and better infrastructure in communities. Successful Phase I companies are eligible to apply for Phase II funding, which awards up to $300,000 for two years with a commercialization option of up to $100,000, to further develop and commercialize their technologies. All applications must be submitted through FedConnect.
    For a list of topics that will funded, see: http://tinyurl.com/yahnewep
    www.epa.gov/sbir
    Deadline: December 19, 2017
  • U.S. Department of Commerce – California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
    The California B-WET Program is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Successful projects provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for K-12 students and related professional development for teachers. These experiences integrate field experiences with classroom activities and instruction in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-related science content.Deadline: December 20, 2017
    http://www.noaa.gov/office-education/bwet
  • 2018 Five Star and Urban Waters Program
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, and Southern Company seek applications for the 2018 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring and stormwater management. Projects should also 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 will award approximately $2 million in grants nationwide.
    http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/2018rfp.aspx
    Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • 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. They will accept grant proposals from applicants with organization operating budgets below and up to $500,000.00 dollars.
    Deadline: February 15, 2018
    http://www.strongfoundationgrants.org/grant-process.html
  • 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 50K for large or innovative projects over 10K
    Deadline(s): February 15, June 15, October 15
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at andre.x.xiong@hennepin.us or 612-543-1316
    http://www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling
  • 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): May 1 and October 1 – annually
  • 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)
    https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17573/nsf17573.htm
    ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES – NO DEADLINE:
  • CHS Foundation – Environmental Sustainability
    http://www.chsinc.com/stewardship/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.
    www.surdna.org/grants/how-to-apply.html
  • Minnesota’s Clean Water Land & Legacy Fund
    www.legacy.leg.mn/opportunities-funding
  • Jeffers Foundation
    Wayzata, MN
    Environmental education funding
    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
  • Water, Recreation, Transportation Funding Opportunities
    Focus areas: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and National
    Compiled by Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
    http://www.sehinc.com/news/funding?field_fundstate_value_many_to_one=MN+&tid=42