Green Funding Opportunities

Green Funding Opportunities

  • U.S. Department of Interior – Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Administration Assistance
    This funding opportunity is directed to support administration, implementation and reporting functions under the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) with emphasis on the Americas Flyway. AMBI is a project of the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group. Work proposed here under the AMBI advances the strategic goals of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior by seeking to have a positive impact on people and communities for whom migratory birds are a source of livelihood, recreation and inspiration. In particular, this will include helping to advance informed conservation stewardship through developing and utilizing the best available science, engaging with local communities to better understand and address local conservation concerns, and utilizing our natural resources with long-term sustainability in mind as it relates to Arctic migratory birds. Funding under this project is being made available for a new program of work over the next 5 years.
    Deadline: May 26, 2018
  • Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
    The council expects about $100 million to be available for projects that protect, restore and enhance wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat. See the full request for proposals on the council website for details.

    The council makes annual recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature on appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Council, which is funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
    Deadline: May 31, 2018

  • 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): June 15, October 15, February 15
    For more information, contact Andre Xiong at or 612-543-1316
  • Sustainable Forestry Projects in Northern New England Funded
    Open Space Institute: Community Forest Fund

    The Open Space Institute (OSI) protects scenic, natural, and historic landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat and working lands, and sustain communities. OSI’s Community Forest Fund awards grants in the northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The focus is on projects that integrate community, economic, and conservation goals, such as efforts that create and retain jobs, promote sustainable forestry, conserve land, and increase and deepen community involvement in land stewardship. The Fund awards matching capital grants to support the purchase of conservation easements and fee interest in land. Smaller support grants of under $30,000 are available for planning, transaction, and stewardship activities directly related to community forest projects.
    Deadline: June 18, 2018
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) – Environmental Assistance Grants
    MPCA invites eligible applicants to submit applications for projects in these categories:

    1. Communities adapting to climate change and extreme weather. Grants to help communities plan for impacts of climate change and to improve community resilience. Funded projects will serve as examples for other communities and accelerate adoption of resilience practices in Minnesota.
    2. Environmental education. Support for environmental education and community engagement projects that raise awareness of and increase participation in preventing local water or air pollution or address environmental health concerns.
    3. Expansion of capacity to collect and/or transport source-separated organics. Funds for projects that will expand capacity for managing source-separated organic materials (SSOM) at compost facilities or food-to-livestock operations and at transfer stations.
    4. Market development: Increase use of compost. Funds for projects to expand compost use and its many benefits, and additional research and development to help expand existing markets and create new markets for compost.
    5. Prevention of wasted food. Funding for projects that will lower the environmental impact associated with food throughout the food systems’ life cycle. This includes prevention of wasted food as well as capturing edible food for donation to humans.
    6. Reduce/reuse/repair. Funds for projects that focus on waste prevention (reducing or eliminating products or materials), reuse and repair.  Prevention and repair save valuable resources by reducing the need for new materials to be extracted, processed, designed, manufactured, transported, and disposed. Projects should serve as examples for others in the region.
    7. Toxicity reduction. MPCA seeks proposals to reduce the use of toxic chemicals through adding safer product chemistry and design concepts into high school or college curricula and through assisting businesses with switching to safer products in their operations.

    Deadline: June 26, 2018

  • Support for Public Media, the Environment, and Animal Welfare
    Park Foundation

    The Park Foundation is dedicated to the support of education, quality media, and the protection of the environment. The Foundation’s national grantmaking addresses the following program interests: In the Media category, support is provided for public interest media that raises awareness of critical environmental, political, and social issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the United States. The Environment category considers efforts that work to ensure that the country’s drinking water is clean, affordable, and accessible and is protected and managed as a public necessity. The Animal Welfare category focuses on nationally significant programs to ensure the humane treatment of domestic animals and the protection of endangered wildlife and wildlife in captivity. Both letters of inquiry and full proposals are reviewed quarterly.
    Deadline: July 12, 2018
  • U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Reclamation – Water Marketing Strategy Grants
    This funding opportunity supports collaborative planning efforts to develop water markets that will proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Water markets between willing buyers and sellers can be used to help water users meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, thereby helping to prevent water conflicts. By encouraging collaboration and input to the planning process from a range of stakeholders, this opportunity will expand the lines of communication between Reclamation and local communities, and among the community stakeholders themselves, restoring community trust.
    Through the WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategy Grants, Reclamation provides cost-shared financial assistance to states, tribes, and local governments to develop water marketing strategies to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities between willing participants, in compliance with state and federal laws.
    Eligible Entities: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended.
    Deadline: July 17, 2018
  • Contest Seeks Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategies
    The Solution Search Contest: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change

    Rare, Conservation International, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, The United Nations Development Programme, and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to launch The Solution Search Contest: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change. This contest is designed to reward successful strategies for helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change. The contest is open to all organizations worldwide who have a proven solution in working with people to adopt climate-friendly behaviors. The focus is on sustainable solutions that could be replicated by other communities and can continue into the future. Two grand prizes of $25,000 will be awarded, in addition to a prize of $5,000 given to the best entry received by June 1, 2018. Finalists will also receive support to attend a capacity building workshop and the awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
    Visit the Solution Search contest page to submit an entry and email with any questions.
    Deadline: August 7, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.