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A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to the environment.


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Note: Some listings are filed by surname.

14 Federal Assistance Programs to Animal Conservation
The following programs are provided by the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior and other agencies, and were created for the development of wildlife protection plans and conservation of various endangered animals. EducationMoney.com provides an interesting repackaging of information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits - Animal Welfare.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Acquiring Resources: Fundraising, see National Wildlife Federation

American Academy of Dermatology
Shade Structure Program Grants
Provides grant awards ($8,000 each) for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The Shade Structure Program is open to non-profit organizations or educational institutions that serve children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

American Hiking Association
National Trails Fund
The American Hiking Society sponsors grants to trail organizations working to establish, protect, and maintain America's foot trails. Grants usually range from $1,000 to $0,000 and require a 501(3)(c) organization to be a key partner in the project.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Americana Foundation
Support for education and advocacy programs that address issues of conserving agriculture and natural resources, and the preservation of the American heritage. Funding limited to Michigan projects.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Ben & Jerry's Foundation
The Mission of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation is to engage Ben & Jerry's employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to our Vermont communities; and to support grassroots progressive social change organizations around the country. Our interests are in furthering social justice, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable food systems. We are committed to supporting non-violent, thoughtful and strategic approaches.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

The BP Conservation Leadership Programme
The BP Conservation Programme supports and encourages long term conservation projects that address global conservation priorities at a local level. The Programme currently works towards its aim through advice, training, and financial awards, primarily targeting university students. Twenty awards are presented each year in gold, silver, and bronze categories.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Brownfields Cleanup and Development (EPA), see U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Brownsfield Money Matters, see U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

(Jimmy) Buffet's Singing for Change (SFC) Charitable Foundation
Funding if focused on: (1) Children and families - Grants are awarded to programs that are concerned with the health, education and protection of children and their families. Projects that foster self-esteem and self-sufficiency and that teach nonviolence and creative problem solving are most likely to be considered.
(2) The environment - Grants will be awarded to programs that promote environmental awareness and teach people methods of conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC.
(3) Disenfranchised groups - SFC defines these groups as people who have been marginalized in our society because of their low levels of skill, education or income; people with AIDS, disabilities, and homeless people. Projects most likely to be considered are those which:

Grants awarded usually fall in the $500 to $10,000 range.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Captain Planet Foundation
Deadlines: June 30, September 30, and December 31.
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum Award: $2500. Eligibility: Schools and non-profits. Funds for the Captain Planet Foundation come from a percentage of the licensing and merchandising revenues generated by the Captain Planet character and animated television series and other contributions.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits : Children and Youth.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Carls Foundation
The principal purpose and mission of the Foundation is to support: (1) Children's Welfare (primarily in Michigan) including: Health care facilities and programs, with special emphasis on the prevention and treatment of hearing impairment; (2) Recreational, educational and welfare programs especially for children who are disadvantaged for economic and/or health reasons; and (3) Preservation of natural areas, open space and historic buildings and areas having special natural beauty or significance in maintaining America's heritage and historic ideals, through assistance to land trusts and land conservancies and directly related environmental educational programs.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection, see U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

(Harry) Chapin Foundation
We will fund only 501(c)(3) not for profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of:
--Community Education Programs
--Arts-In-Education Programs
--Agricultural and Environmental Programs
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Colcom Foundation
Deadline: Open
The Foundation's primary interest is the quality of life, which it strives to address with honesty, compassion, and responsibility. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on environmental sustainability, natural resource preservation, land and water conservation, and efforts to establish a sustainable population. National grants support organizations that acknowledge the impact of human population growth on the environment. It supports efforts to significantly reduce immigration levels in the U.S. recognizing that population growth in America is fueled primarily by mass immigration. Regional grants are awarded to organizations that are committed to ensuring quality of life and environmental sustainability in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Foundation favors programs that aggressively address watershed remediation, natural resource preservation, clean air and improved water quality, and farmland and wildlife habitat conservation. Local grants are directed to programs that enhance Pittsburgh's viability and livability. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Conservation Alliance
Deadline: May 1, 2012
The Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses such as REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty that support efforts to protect specific wild places for their habitat and recreational values. Funded programs should focus primarily on direct action to protect specific threatened wild places and waterways. The campaign should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort. The Alliance is not looking for mainstream education or scientific research projects, but for active campaigns. All projects should be quantifiable with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, and should include a clear measure for evaluating success. Before applying for funding, an organization must first be nominated by one of the Alliance's member companies. A list of member companies as well as additional information can be found on the Web site.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Conservation International
Describes international assistance programs for protecting some of the world's environmental hotspots.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Cottonwood Foundation
Cottonwood Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization, run entirely by volunteers and with no paid staff, that provides small grants to grassroots organizations worldwide that are working for a sustainable future. Cottonwood awards grants to organizations that combine all of the following: protecting the environment, promoting cultural diversity, empowering people to meet their basic needs, and relying on volunteers. Support of such groups makes it possible to really make a difference in creating a better world.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Duke Charitable Foundation (Duke)
This foundation strives to improve the quality of people's lives by preserving natural environments, seeking cures for diseases, nurturing the arts, and helping to protect children from abuse and neglect. The Foundation welcomes two-page letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations working in the Foundation's areas of interest. There is no deadline for letters of inquiry. For more information, call Joan Spero at 212-974-7000.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Educational Foundation of America
The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) makes grants to qualifying non-profit organizations that have tax-exempt status and those that are not private foundations as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. EFA provides grants for specific projects. It does not provide funds for endowment or endowed faculty chairs, building/capital programs, religious purposes, grants to individuals, annual fund-raising campaigns, indirect costs, overhead or general support. The Foundation prefers not to fund projects located outside the United States.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the environment, reproductive freedom, theatre, education, medicine, drug policy reform, democracy, peace & national security issues and human services. Important characteristics considered by EFA are an organization's record of achievement, intended broad impact, sound financial practices, increasing independence, and correspondence with EFA objectives. Unfortunately, many worthy requests are denied because needs exceed the Foundation's resources or a given project does not fall within a current area of focus.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Energy Foundation
Grants will support projects in four areas: buildings, climate, power, and transportation. Building grants support policies that increase the energy efficiency of homes and businesses. Climate grants are for the promotion of state and regional policies to reduce pollution that contributes to global warming. Power grants are for projects that work to reduce carbon emissions from electric and gas utilities by promoting efficient and renewable energy and by reducing power generation from conventional coal-fired power plants. Transportation grants supports policies that reduce vehicle global warming pollution and oil consumption. Additional information is available on the foundation's Web site. Who may apply: organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue. For more information send an email to energyfund@ef.org
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Environment RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Environmental Grants Available through the State of Michigan, try the Michigan Electronic Grants Administration and Management System Portal (EGrAMS).

Environmental Grants/Programs from the U.S. Government
Posted on Grants.gov
Lists the most recently announced funding opportunities. Choose environment under categories.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Environmental Support Center
A non-profit organization in Washington that provides financial support to state and local environmental groups for management, fund-raising, technology, and communications training and consulting. Has recently established an Environmental Loan Fund to stabilize, increase, and diversify the long-term funding base of regional, state and local environmental organizations. The Environmental Loan Fund is a source of capital for nonprofits seeking to expand their funding base. Low-interest loans are made for: Membership development, Mission-related enterprises, Special events, Workplace solicitation, Donor development, Direct mail campaigns.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Erb Family Foundation
To nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metropolitan Detroit and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Basin.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Federal Funding Opportunities for Environmental Issues Posted on Grants.gov
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available. Choose environment under categories.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Federal Funding Opportunities for Natural Resources Issues Posted on Grants.gov
Lists some of the most recent grant programs available. Choose Natural Resources.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

FishAmerica Foundation
Deadline : May 16
The FishAmerica Foundation, the American Sportfishing Association's conservation and research arm, provides funding to nonprofit organizations such as sporting clubs, civic associations, conservation groups, and state agencies in the United States and Canada for projects designed to enhance fish populations, restore fish habitat, improve water quality, and advance fisheries research, thereby increasing the opportunity for sportfishing success. The foundation's Conservation Projects Committee funds hands-on, action-oriented projects that have clear and identifiable benefits to sport fish populations and the sport of fishing and/or directly enhance water quality, habitat, and/or sport fish populations. The average conservation grant is $7,500. The foundation's Research Projects Committee funds research projects that have regional or national implications. The committee prefers to fund national model projects. The average research grant is $15,000. All projects are funded for a year only. Conservation project applications may be submitted at any time (except for project applications associated with specific Request for Proposals). Research projects are funded once a year, with proposals due on July 31, annually.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Fund for Wild Nature
Deadline : November 2
The Fund prioritizes efforts to save native species and wild ecosystems. Broader areas we support include: wilderness defense; protecting biodiversity and ecosystem integrity; teaching the action-based ethics of biocentrism; efforts to reduce human population growth and commodity consumption; cultural arts that transform awareness and encourage action; exposing and opposing the anti-ecological, anti-wilderness "wise use" agenda; and indigenous peoples' activism. The fund does not support basic scientific research, private land acquisition, individual action or study, or conferences, and rarely supports proposals from organizations with annual budgets greater than $250,000. The fund will only support media projects that have a clear strategic value and a concrete plan for dissemination of the final product. In addition to providing monetary assistance, the Fund can serve as the fiscal sponsor for a group or individual without IRS tax-exempt status. Fiscal sponsorship allows your financial contributors to make tax-deductible donations to your project, through the Fund. If we grant fiscal sponsorship status, your contributors would send earmarked donations to us, and then we forward them to your project, less a small administrative charge. Each project or person is solely responsible for soliciting donations from its contributors.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Animal and Wildlife Grants
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Environment and Conservation Grants
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation
The Hall & Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. The Foundation was established in 1992 to receive and administer funds for these charitable and educational purposes:
(1) To encourage firearms shooting skills competition.
(2) To promote the lawful use and possession of firearms.
(3) To help fund game bird and animal research studies by schools of natural resources.
(4) To support research of animal diseases affecting dogs and cats.
(5) To provide for the welfare of animals through the American Humane Society or other organizations that are not anti-hunting.
The Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, match funds and other support to 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organizations whose mission statements are supportive of these objectives.
Also listed under Lansing Area and Michigan Grant Makers.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Goldman Environmental Prize
The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists. Founded in 1990, the Goldman Environmental Prize awards $750,000 annually to environmental heroes from six continental regions. Nominated confidentially by a network of renowned environmental organizations and environmental experts, recipients are chosen for their sustained and important environmental achievements. The Prize offers these environmental heroes the recognition, visibility, and credibility their efforts deserve.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Grants.gov : Current Federal Funding Opportunities for Environmental Issues
Lists some of the most recent environment grants available.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Grants.gov : Current Federal Funding Opportunities for Natural Resources
Lists some of the most recent natural resources grants available.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Great Lakes Fishery Trust
The mission of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust is to provide funding to enhance, protect and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources. The GLFT will manage its resources to compensate for lost use and enjoyment of the Lake Michigan fishery resulting from the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Great Lakes Program Funding
Funds are made available annnually for grants and cooperative agreements. The Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) provides a complete set of information about USEPA Great Lakes Funding Process, from preproposal submission and project requirements to descriptions of funded projects.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Great Lakes Protection Fund
The Great Lakes Protection Fund was created in 1989 by the governors of the Great Lakes states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) to support regional ecosystem stewardship. The Fund is the nation's first multi-state environmental endowment. It funds collaborative efforts to enhance the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund seeks projects which address the interdependence of natural ecosystems and human economic systems. The Fund invests in efforts to help ensure that these systems are resilient, productive, diverse, and sustainable. Headquarters are in Chicago.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Great Man-Made River International Prize for Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas
A $20,0000 award rewards remarkable scientific research and scientific studies and discoveries in the field of exploration of groundwater and surface water usage in arid zones subject to drought and desertification and contributing to environmental and human development. Candidates must be nominated, and may not apply personally. An individual should contact his or her National Commission for UNESCO to make known his or her interest in being that country's candidate for the prize. Alternatively, an individual may apply via a nongovernmental or intergovernmental organization that has consultative status with UNESCO.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company
Green Thumb Challenge
Deadline: September 30
Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company have teamed up on a funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a cash prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of children and their communities. Existing garden programs involving children currently in kindergarten through grade 12, from schools and youth groups, are eligible to participate.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Home Depot Foundation : Environment Initiative
The Home Depot Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada that have demonstrated success within one of the grant-making initiatives of the Foundation. Environment Initiative: Our future and the future of generations to come depend on the environmental choices we make today. At The Home Depot Foundation, we assist organizations that are directing efforts toward sustaining our natural resources. Specifically, the Foundation will consider requests for grants to: 1) conserve forestlands and/or promote responsible forestry management, 2) encourage green building and sustainable design in affordable housing, 3) identify and help alleviate the causes of lead poisoning in children in at-risk communities, and 4) promote community recycling and clean-up. The Home Depot Foundation only funds organizations that meet its eligibility test, which is available on the Foundation's web site. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. The Foundation will consider only one proposal from the same organization within a 12-month period. The Foundation gives first priority to organizations that have been invited to apply for a grant. However, The Foundation also will consider unsolicited requests that match its eligibility requirements. All requests are reviewed, and all applicants are notified of the grant decisions. Due to the high volume of requests received, not every request that matches Foundation guidelines will receive funding. See the Foundation web site for the application timeline and more details about the application procedure.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Joyce Foundation
Check out the site for information on programs, grantees, publications, application guidelines, and news about Foundation-supported initiatives. Based in Chicago with assets of over $800 million, the Joyce Foundation supports efforts to strengthen public policies in ways that improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Its program areas are Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence, Money and Politics and Culture.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Kaplan Fund (J. M.)
The J.M. Kaplan Fund primarily supports nonprofit organizations that focus on the environment, historic preservation, and human migrations. Grants are made to organizations in New York City, North America and worldwide. Each of the three programs is undertaken in each of the three geographic areas, though with different emphases and varied allocations.
The J. M. Kaplan Fund also sponsors Furthermore grants in publishing, a program directed by president emeritus Joan K. Davidson. Furthermore supports books on art, architecture, and design; conservation; cultural history; and public issues. More information about Furthermore can be obtained at the program's office, 261 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

KidsGardening.Com : Youth Garden Grants
Various deadlines
Youth Garden Grants . . . sustain and help start gardening programs involving children between the ages of three and eighteen years. Quality tools, seeds, plant materials, products, and educational resources will be shipped to grant winners. Applications are available online.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Lawrence Foundation: Grants for the Environment
Deadline: April 30 & November 1, 2017
Award Size: ~$10,000
The Lawrence Foundation makes grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations for projects in environment, human services, and other themes. There is no restriction on the geographical area where grant activities can be implemented.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Lindbergh Foundation (Charles A. and Anne M.)
A foundation dedicated to furthering Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's shared vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation. Lindbergh Grants are made in the following categories: agriculture; aviation/aerospace; conservation of natural resources - including animals, plants, water, and general conservation (land, air, energy, etc.); education - including humanities/education, the arts, and intercultural communication; exploration; health - including biomedical research, health and population sciences, and adaptive technology; and waste minimization and management. A Jonathan Lindbergh Brown Grant may be given to a project to support adaptive technology or biomedical research which seeks to redress imbalance between an individual and his or her human environment. Grants are made to individuals as well as educational and publication programs. [Health; environment; education; science]
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Merck Family Fund
The first goal of the Merck Family Fund is to restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. The second goal is to strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community. Environmental grants are limited to the eastern United States and urban community grants are focused in New York, Boston and Providence, RI.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Clean Michigan Initiative
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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Clean Water Revolving Fund
Michigan's Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, better known as the State Revolving Fund (SRF), is a low interest loan financing program that assists qualified local municipalities with the construction of needed water pollution control facilities.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loans
Michigan's Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) program is designed to assist water suppliers in satisfying the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act by offering low interest loans to eligible water suppliers.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Grants and Loans
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is committed to forming partnerships with interested groups and local community organizations to achieve the mutual goal of protecting and enhancing environmental quality in Michigan, for the benefit of current and future generations. Financial assistance and information about the various funding opportunities are available through grants and loan programs.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Small Business P2 Loans
The Small Business P2 Loan Program (P2 Loan Program) provides loans of up to $100,000 at an interest rate of 5% or less to businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The loans must be used to implement pollution prevention projects that either eliminate or reduce waste at the point of generation (source reduction) or result in environmentally sound reuse and recycling. Funding for the P2 Loan Program comes from a revolving loan fund, made possible through passage of the Clean Michigan Initiative in November of 1998. Since the program's implementation, a number of Michigan businesses have used the loan to implement pollution prevention projects.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Grant Opportunities
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Minor Foundation for Major Challenges
A non-profit foundation that gives financial support to projects aimed at limiting human-created, global climate problems. Any project whose objective is to influence public opinion and change attitudes to these problems is eligible for support. The foundation welcomes innovative and untraditional projects. In 2001 approximately NOK 1.5 million is available for distribution. More information and the application can be found on our internet site.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

(Charles Stewart) Mott Foundation
Environmental Grants
Our mission recognizes that effective stewardship of the Earth requires both changes in behavior and new ways of thinking. It requires that environmental considerations be factored into personal and institutional decisionmaking. It also requires a willingness on the part of people with diverse interests to try to understand one another's perspectives and seek common ground. Environmental challenges in the U.S. and worldwide are severe. Successfully addressing them will require vision and leadership from individuals in communities, businesses and government. Funding priorities are organized into three program areas:
(1) Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems
(2) International Finance for Sustainability
(3) Special Initiatives
(Last checked 06/11/18)

(Laura Jane) Musser Fund
The Fund proposes to assist local governments or other public or not-for-profit entities in rural areas and non-urban communities in undertaking consensus-based processes in two areas: (1) Environmental Stewardship or (2) Environmental Dispute Resolution.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Nathan Cummings Foundation
Although the environmental movement has achieved many successes, the public still bears most of the cost of environmental degradation. Measures such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, have been effective to a point, yet are not comprehensive enough to deal with the overall threats to the environment and their impact on our health. Often specific corporate and other institutional interests, rather than environmental needs, prevail in environmental policies. Without sufficient countervailing forces, the increase in such influences on decision-makers and public policy can lead to the undermining of the environment. The Nathan Cummings Foundation, established by and named for the founder of the Sara Lee Corp., seeks to address the root causes of environmental degradation. Funding priority will be given to projects with the potential of having state, multi-state, or national impacts.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

National Center for Environmental Research
This site has been designed to give investigators easy access to research funding opportunities and past and present research projects and programs.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals -- Science
(Last checked 06/11/18)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Grant Programs
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provides funding on a competitive basis to projects that sustain, restore and enhance the Nation's fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats through our Keystone Initiative Grants and other Special Grant Programs.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America
Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), provides funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and recreation. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Pre-proposals are due April 13, 2017; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 29, 2017. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2017 Request for Pre-Proposals.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

National Forest Foundation
The nonprofit arm of the U.S. Forest Service, the Foundation works to engage America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. The Foundation is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program, which provides matching funds for direct, on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting America's national forests and grasslands. Programming emphases include: wildlife habitat improvement, recreation, watershed health and restoration, and community-based forestry. Projects should focus on one or more of the four topics and show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement. These commitments can be demonstrated through a direct involvement of the public in on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and monitoring projects. Applications will be considered from non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes, and nonprofits. All MAP awards required at least a 1:1 cash match of nonfederal funds.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

National Geographic Society Conservation Trust
The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust will fund projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources. While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

National Wildlife Federation
Acquiring Resources: Fundraising

Advice from the National Wildlife Federation on writing grants and finding possible sources of money for schoolyard habitats and gardens. Includes a sample proposal letter.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits--Education
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National Wildlife Federation
Wild Ones Seeds For Education
Wild Ones offers Seeds for Education grants to educational institutions that would like to put in native plant gardens.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits - Education
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Natural Resources Grants Available from the State of Michigan,
try Michigan Grant Opportunities eGrams Portal. Type in natural resources or other concepts in the keyword box.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Natural Resources Grants/Programs from the U.S. Government
Posted on Grants.gov
Some of the most current grant opportunities posted by the federal government. Select natural resources as funding activity category.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Newman's Own Organics
Newman's Own Organics does not make charitable donations. All grants have been made by Paul Newman personally to fund non-profit organizations with a 501c(3) designation from the IRS. If you would like to inquire about a grant you may write to: Office of Paul Newman Dept. ORG Colonial Green 246 Post Road East Westport, Connecticut 06880
Some of the charities to which Newman's Own Organics has contributed include the following:
(1) Organic Farming Research Foundation
(2) University of California Santa Cruz Farm and Garden Project
(3) Predatory Bird Research Group
(4) Habitat for Humanity
(5) Western Environmental Law Center (Taos, New Mexico)
(6) Grand Canyon River Guides
(7) Rainforest Action Network
(8) Western Environmental Alliance
(9) Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (Greenbelt, MD)
(10) Environmental Protection Information Center
(11) United Plant Savers (natural medicinal plants, Vermont)
(Last checked 06/11/18)

NOAA Coastal Services Center Funding Opportunities
Each year the NOAA Coastal Services Center provides funding for special projects undertaken by the coastal management community. These funds are available in the form of competitive grants and cooperative agreements. This web page answers some of the most frequently asked questions about this program.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Norman Foundation
The Norman Foundation supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental, and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. These efforts may
(1) promote community-based economic development efforts that try out new ownership structures and financing mechanisms;
(2) work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities, and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice; or
(3) promote civil rights by fighting discrimination and violence and working for equity.
The foundation provides grants for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. It also welcomes innovative proposals designed to build the capacity of social change organizations working in the listed areas of interest. The foundation does not make grants to support conferences, scholarships, research, films, media or arts projects, or to capital funding projects, fundraising drives, or direct social service programs, such as shelters or community health programs.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits : Community Development
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Padi Foundation
Deadline: November 1, 2012
The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on underwater science, environmental projects, and education. Priority is given to projects that enrich mankind's understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to, and protection of, the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. The Foundation will also fund worthwhile projects that increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of man's relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment. Additional information, including an online application, can be found on the Website.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Patagonia Grants
Patagonia funds activist groups that are dedicated to protecting local habitats in the United States and Canada, as well as in targeted countries around the world. The company is most interested in supporting organizations that work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $15,000. The application deadlines are April 30 and August 31, 2017. (Applications are accepted year-round at local retail Patagonia stores.) Visit the website listed above to review the program's grant guidelines.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

The Pollination Project Foundation
The Pollination Project makes seed grants of $1,000 each to social entrepreneurs with a practical vision for doing good in the world. The organizations will make one grant every day for a year for projects in the environment, justice, human rights, arts and culture, animal rights and welfare, and community health and wellness. Grants will not support established organizations or corporations; grantees' time or services; projects that have already raised over $10,000 since inception; scholarships and training fees; and projects where the primary benefit is to the grantee or to any one individual.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

River Network
River network has a Partnership Program. Membership ($100 per year) includes access to their annual annual compilation of foundations and agencies known to fund river conservation work and a host of other useful tools. When funding is available, Partners who meet the established criteria can apply for River Network Partner grants of up to $3,000.
(Last checked 06/11/18)

Rufford Small Grants Foundation
Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs) are aimed at small conservation programmes and pilot projects around the world.
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Speckhard-Knight Charitable Foundation
771 Bogey Ct.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-8844
Telephone: (734) 761-8752
E-mail: zmjk@comcast.net
The Speckhard - Knight Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Jackson and Washtenaw Counties and aiding environmental efforts in the third world. We strive to assist non-profit organizations that work in the important areas of adoption, foster care, at risk families and the environment.
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Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program
The Initiative works to foster partnerships between organizations working to improve forest management in the United States and Canada. It also works to advance responsible procurement around the world. The Initiative’s Conservation and Community Partnerships grant program addresses such issues as improving wildlife habitat management and conservation of biodiversity, avoiding controversial sources of fiber such as those resulting from illegal logging, and assisting local communities through forest education programs and green-building projects for low-income families. The Foundation focuses on two areas: conservation grants, which measure, demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation- related values of SFI-certified forestlands; and innovative projects related to the application of the SFI Forest Management or Fiber Sourcing standards. Details about the focus of the grants and additional information can be found on the Web site.
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Terra Viva Grants
An online directory of grant makers for "green" funding in the developing countries. The nonprofit service is new this year, and it will evolve and develop as time goes on. Already we have almost 300 profiles included, and they account for the bulk of the grant funding in the sectors and countries we identify. We include a convenient and searchable database to help users rapidly identify and compare grant makers.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Environment and Animals, 2011
Source: Foundation Stats, 2013, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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Top 50 FC 1000 Foundations Awarding Grants to Recipients in Michigan, for Environment and Animals, 2012
Source: Foundation Stats, 2014, courtesy of the Foundation Center.
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Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
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Turner Foundation
The Turner Foundation is committed to two goals: (1)Preventing damage to the natural system; the water, air and habitat upon which all life depends. (2) Supporting innovative institutions committed to protecting the Earth's natural systems and ensuring a sustainable, and better world for all its inhabitants.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Brownfields Cleanup and Development
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. On this site, you can find information about US EPA's Brownfields Program including the Brownfields Law, US EPA Brownfields Grants, technical tools and resources as well as information on brownfields projects across the county.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Guidebook of Financial Tools
This Environmental Finance Program publication is a wide-ranging source to locate funding sources and tools. A searchable CD-rom version is available upon request. (August 2008 Revison)
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Nonpoint Source-Related Funding Opportunities
319 Grant Program for States and Territories
Nonpoint source pollution funding opportunities, mini grants, storm runoff and an abundance of useful proposal tools.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Understanding, Managing, and Applying for EPA Grants
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Water Pollution Control (Section 106) Grants
Since the passage of the Clean Water Act, great progress has been made toward restoring the nation's waters. States, local governments, nonprofit organizations and others will continue to find financial assistance through flexible federal programs that are designed to address current and future water pollution control challenges. Today, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is recognized as the most successful federal water quality funding program in the nation's history. The CWSRF program, which replaced the Construction Grants program, provides funding for the construction of municipal wastewater facilities and implementation of nonpoint source pollution control and estuary protection projects. Other wastewater management related funding is available through Water Pollution Control Program Grants for states, Water Quality Cooperative Agreements for states, municipalities and others, and Clean Water Indian Program Grants. EPA also provides assistance when communities wish to explore the privatization of wastewater facilities.
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Van Atta's Greenhouse
George and Rhea Van Atta, owners of Van Atta's Greenhouse and Flower Shop, provide five $300 material grants to area schools in East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Perry, Laingsburg, Bath Shaftsburg, Holt, Mason, Williamston, DeWitt, and Owosso for use in creating gardens. Applications are available through schools or from Van Atta's Greenhouse and Flower Shop, 9008 Old M-78, Haslett. Deadline: April 2. For more information, call Van Atta's at (517) 339-1142. Source: Lansing State Journal, March 15, 2005, p. 4B.

Wallace Genetic Foundation
The Foundation supports organizations that believe in the long-term conservation of the soil and of the environment, rather than exploitation of natural resources for temporary profits. The Foundation is one of three founded by Henry A. Wallace, the founder of the first commercial hybrid seed company, the Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company. In 1996, the three trustees of the Wallace Genetic Foundation agreed to split the original foundation into the Wallace Global Fund, the Wallace Research Foundation, as well as the Wallace Genetic Foundation. The Genetic Foundation is particularly interested in far-sighted groups and individuals with innovative ideas and seeks to fund organizations whose work promises to provide long-term national or global benefit. Of particular interest are projects and programs in sustainable agriculture, protection of farmland near cities, conservation of water resources, biodiversity protection, and environmental education and media. Letters of inquiry and full proposals are accepted year-round. The Foundation does not accept e-mailed or faxed material. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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WalMart Foundation
Through its community involvement program, WalMart provides funding to a number of nonprofits working in the areas of children, community, education, and environment. WalMart also provides scholarships to associates.
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Watershed Financing: Moving Beyond Grants
Powerpoint presentation sponsored by U.S. EPA, october 17, 2007.
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Wetlands, Ocean, and Watershed Funding Opportunities, see U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Whole Kids Foundation
School Garden Grants
School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate. Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. They also provide a base of knowledge that allows children to take an active role in healthy food choices. School garden grant applications will be accepted through 5pm CST, December 31, 2012. Average amount $2000
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Wildflower Association of Michigan
Glassen Educational Grant Program
Deadline : December 15
The Wildflower Association of Michigan, in a partnership with the Harold & Jean Glassen Foundation, awards grants annually to fund projects involving the creation of an outdoor classroom, the enhancing of an existing site, or other educationally directed projects that support the WAM Mission. It is our goal to reach as many of Michigan's youth and citizenry as possible through the use of our grant program. It is our desire not only to educate Michigan's students in the areas of recognition, preservation and proper procedures for the repopulating of endangered, threatened and/or special concern native species, but also projects that pass on the appreciation and respect for our native flora that will ensure survival of these species in the future.
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Youth Garden Grant Program
The National Gardening Association and Home Depot sponsor this grant. Over the last twenty-four years, NGA's Youth Garden Grants program has helped more than 1.3 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons from working in gardens and habitats. Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to garden in 2007 with at least fifteen children between the ages of three and 18 years. Applicants should demonstrate a child-centered plan that emphasizes children/youth learning and working in an outdoor garden.
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The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

GREENING THE GRASSROOTS : HOW WILDLIFE AND HABITAT ORGANIZATIONS CAN WRITE WINNING GRANTS. Graciella Rossi, ed. Washington, D.C. : Humane Society of the United States, 1991. 2 vols. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center HG177.5 .U6 G7 1996
Compiles advice from foundation staff members, samples of successful proposals, and lists of groups that make grants to wildlife and environmental organizations. [Price : $12 plus $4 postage and handling; available from the Wildlife Network, 401 San Miguel Way, Sacramento, Cal. 95819; call (916) 457-0433]
Also listed under Part One, Section 6 (Grantsmanship Techniques).

Pet, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Funding: 300+ Grants, Scholarships and More in the U.S. and Canada! book cover

Pet, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Funding: 300+ Grants, Scholarships and More in the U.S. and Canada! Pamela Burke. [Remus, Mich.] : [Pamela Burke, LLC], [2015] 120pp. Funding Center HV4762.A3 B87 2015
Also available for purchase from Amazon.com
Pet, animal welfare and wildlife groups have an abundance of passion -- but financing is often an issue....All across North America, community groups, nonprofit organizations, students and local governments are seeking funding for animal shelters, rescues, spay and neuter programs, health clinics, preserves, companion programs, best practice education and more....With this book you can search among 300+ pet, animal welfare and wildlife supporters to find possible funding partners -- compiled by Pamela Burke, a successful professional grant writer with decades of experience. Bonus sections include information about writing a grant, technical assistance providers and other fundraising methods!

River Advocates Fundraising Guide. Free online publication from the River Network. Raising funds to support your vital work may be one of the most challenging aspects of your organization's day-to-day activities. River Network wants you to know that there are ways to turn this challenge into a sustainable and rewarding facet of your river saving efforts. Within this guide you will find case studies, examples, how-to guides and resources to getting and maintaining the funding that makes your work possible.


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