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Abelard Foundation
This is a family foundation with a forty-year history of progressive funding. The Foundation is committed to supporting social change organizations which reflect, through membership or grassroots participation, the communities in which they are based; expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community's well-being; and build a strong informed voice on public policy issues. Due dates are March 15th and September 15th.

Abelard Foundation East
Abelard Foundation East is a family foundation with a forty-year history of progressive funding. The Foundation is committed to supporting social change organizations which reflect, through membership or grassroots participation, the communities in which they are based; expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community's well-being; and build a strong informed voice on public policy issues. The Foundation's eastern office reviews applications for organizations east of the Mississippi. The eastern office accepts proposals throughout the year. However, applications mailed by March 15th will be reviewed for the spring meeting and applications mailed by September 15th will be reviewed for the fall meeting. Visit

ACF’s Grantmaking Program

ACF’s grantmaking program supports organizations where people are organizing themselves to address problems in their own communities and neighborhoods and where organizations develop and grow with democratic structures to be vehicles for change. Issues range from worker’s and women’s rights to environmental justice, community-based economic development, racism, and youth issues, among others. The focus for our grantmaking is grassroots organizing for social change.

Due date November 3.

Acorn Foundation
The Acorn Foundation is interested in small and innovative community-based projects which preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife; Advocate for environmental justice, particularly in low-income and indigenous community. Application deadlines for proposals are January 15th and June 15th.

American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design Community Assistance Program
The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design is pleased to announce the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program for 2005. This community assistance program focuses on the principles of sustainability. For 2005, the AIA will fund $20,000 of each project and communities are expected to raise the remainder, approximately $10,000 to $20,000.

Beldon Fund

Through grants to effective, nonprofit environmental advocacy organizations working in two areas: human health and the environment and key states, the Beldon Fund seeks to build a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet. The Fund plans to invest its entire principal and earnings by 2009 to attain this goal.

Letters of inquiry due November 10, 2004


Beldon Fund
Beldon funds projects that emphasize "Human Health and the Environment". The Beldon Fund seeks to build a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet by supporting nonprofit advocacy organizations. The Fund's Human Health and the Environment program supports projects throughout the United States that engage new constituencies in exposing the connection between toxic chemicals and human health and in promoting public policies that prevent or eliminate environmental risks to people's health. Letters of inquiry will be accepted between September 26 and October 24, 2007. Visit for more information.

Ben and Jerry's Foundation
Grants ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 are provided for grassroots organizing that leads to environmental change and addresses the root causes of environmental problems.  Letters of inquiry must be submitted ten weeks prior to the grant cycle deadline for full proposals.  Deadlines to submit a full proposal (for invited applicants only) are: March 1st, July 1st, November 1st.  

Captain Planet Foundation
Grants are provided to organizations that promote an understanding of the environment and involve youth ages 6-18.  Grants range from $250 - $2,500. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.  

Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund works to protect America’s legacy of land and water resources. Through land acquisition, sustainable programs, and leadership training, the Fund and its partners demonstrate effective conservation solutions emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals. Information on funding and services are available on the web page.

Environmental Support Center
The Environmental Support Center empowers grassroots environmental activist groups by helping to improve their management, planning, funding and communications capabilities.  Grants are reviewed monthly.

EPA Adds "Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan" to it's Watershed Academy

EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds is pleased to announce the launch of “Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan” to EPA’s Watershed Academy. This module, developed with the help of numerous partners over the course of two years, includes:

  • A six-step, self-paced process for developing a finance plan
  • Downloadable finance planning exercises and self-quizzes
  • Sample finance plans and templates
  • Case studies of successful finance mechanisms from other watershed organizations
  • An extensive resources section

The module can be used to train new staff or board members, walk your organization through developing a finance plan, or simply find new finance mechanisms. You can access the module at:

EPA Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
Check out EPA’s new on-line database at You can use this site to search for financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. Searches can be done by type of organization , type of assistance sought, and keywords.

EPA Watershed Funding

The OWOW Sustainable Finance Team has launched a new "Watershed Funding" section of EPA's Web site.  The new pages contain links to tools,databases, and resources about grants, funding and fundraising.  The Web site is designed to help  nonprofit watershed organizations, state and local governments, and funders (such as foundations) more easily find information on how to effectively obtain and invest resources to improve watershed health. 


Fish America Foundation
The FishAmerica Foundation is the conservation and research foundation of the American Sportfishing Association. FishAmerica unites the sportfishing industry with conservation groups, government natural resource agencies, fishing tournament trails, corporations and charitable foundations to invest in fisheries conservation and research across the country.  FishAmerica provides matching grants that empower citizen conservationists in their own communities.  Since 1983, FishAmerica has provided more than $8 million for more than 800 fisheries conservation and research projects nationwide.

Georgia Greenspace Program Furthers Water Protection Goals
Georgia’s Greenspace Program awards grants to counties and cities to develop and implement plans to permanently protect at least 20 percent of their greenspace and meet at least one of nine specific goals. Five of these goals address water resource protection: water quality protection for rivers, streams, and lakes; flood protection; wetlands protection; reduction of erosion through protection of steep slopes, areas with erodible soils, and stream banks; and protection of riparian buff ers and other areas that serve as natural habitat and corridors for native plant and animal species. The state also created a Greenspace Trust Fund for use by counties and municipalities to help off set the costs of acquiring property or conservation easements that qualify as greenspace.

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program-National Integrated Water Quality Program-Conservation Effects Assessment Project

Ittleson Foundation
The Ittleson Foundation supports innovative pilot, model and demonstration projects that will help move individuals, communities, and organizations from environmental awareness to environmental activism by changing attitudes and behaviors.  Initial letters of inquiry due by  April 1st or September 1st. 

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Babcock Foundation funds the development of skills for local leaders to engage in state policy, formal and informal coalitions in inclusive communities to solve community problems, and projects to address poverty and racism.

Merck funds projects in the areas of youth organizing, open space, sustainable economics and restoration of vital ecosystems.  Restoration of ecosystems focuses on the Appalachians and sustainable forestry practices.   Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.

National Fish and Wildlife

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has a variety of grant programs.  Projects that benefit multiple species, achieve a variety of resource management objectives, and/or lead to revised management practices that reduce the causes of habitat degradation are favored.  A special emphasis is placed on larger projects that demonstrate a landscape-level approach and produce lasting, broad-based results on the ground.  There are special funds available for projects dealing with southern rivers and also southern mussels. 

Current funding opportunities include:

Pulling Together Initiative (weed management) proposals due October 29th


National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

This is an organization that supports education, projects, and groups related to urban and community forestry. Grants can be used to address riparian corridors and buffers to protect urban streams.

Proposals due in October

Open Space Institute Loan Fund
The Southern Appalachian Loan Fund focuses on helping to finance transactions that protect ecologically significant landscapes in western North and South Carolina, northern Alabama and Georgia, and eastern Tennessee.

Patagonia funds projects that are action oriented, build public support and involvement, are strategic and accomplish specific goals and objectives.   Patagonia supports small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas. They look for innovative groups that produce measurable results, and like to support efforts to force the government to abide by its own - our own - laws. Patagonia helps local groups working to protect local habitat.  Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000.  Proposals must be postmarked no later than April 30 and August 31 each year. 

Red Lodge Clearinghouse
Red Lodge Clearinghouse is an organization "committed to resolving resource use conflicts throughout the interior west." Their site contains many useful resources for funding and facilitation. 

REI dedicates a portion of its operating budget to help protect and restore the environment, increase access to outdoor activities, and encourage involvement in muscle-powered recreation. REI employees nominate organizations, projects, and programs in which they are personally involved to receive funding or gear donations.

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) was established by the National Park Service to support community-based conservation action.  Their purpose is to help communities working to protect the resources they value, and to encourage opportunities for close-to-home recreation. RTCA projects are cooperative efforts, working in partnership with public and private organizations on an invitational basis.  They provide both short-term consultations and long-term, in-depth project support. 

Sapelo Foundation's
Environmental Protection Program addresses such issues as water and air quality, sprawl and sustainable development, corporate effects on rural communities, and the protection and management of natural resources. Currently, the primary focus is a strategic campaign addressing water resource management and policy in Georgia.  The Trustees meet to consider grants twice each year.  Deadlines for submission of proposals are September 1 and March 1.  Grants range from $1,000 to $75,000. The average award is between $10,000 and $25,000.

Sustainable Financing for Watershed Protection

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.

Sustainable Financing for Watershed Protection - Jeff Hughes, Environmental Finance Center UNC School of Government

Teaming With Wildlife State Coalitions

The Teaming with Wildlife Coalition is organized on the state level, where state wildlife agencies and leading conservation groups are building a diverse movement of organizations and businesses that support the goal of restoring and conserving our nation's wildlife.  Look up all of the state coalition websites in the Southeast.   

Tellabs Foundation Grants

The mission of the Tellabs Foundation is to advance specific, strategic endeavors in communities where Tellabs employees live and work (Atlanta, GA and Ashburn, VA). We aim to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations by supporting sustainable initiatives, primarily in education, health and the environment.

The Foundation has chosen to focus its grant-making on direct grants to eligible organizations, generally in the amount of $10,000 and above. Generally, grants will be considered for specific programs, rather than for general operating funds.

Visit their site for more information:

Temper of the Times Fund

Temper of The Times Foundation, ~advertising for the environment~ was created by the board of directors of The Moneypaper, Inc., in 1997. Since public opinion is often influenced by marketing efforts, The Moneypaper decided to create a foundation that would promote the use of standard marketing concepts to increase environmental awareness. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment in general have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. The Foundation also supports earned media campaigns.


The Fund for Southern Communities
This is a publicly supported foundation established in 1981 to provide grants and technical assistance to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Fund invites applications from organizations fighting discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or physical and mental disabilities;  struggling for the rights of workers; promoting self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised communities; protecting the environment; promoting and/or creating non-traditional arts and media; promoting peace. Regular grant deadlines are April 1 and October 1.

The Timberland Company
Timberland offers grants to encourage volunteerism, protect the environment and promote diversity.  Proposals accepted every quarter.

Tom's of Maine Community Grants

Tom's of Maine was founded on a heritage of philanthropy. Through our Giving for Goodness Grant Program, we have been committed to donating 10% of our pretax profits each year to charitable organizations and encouraging our employees to spend 5% of their paid work time volunteering in the community. Our belief in three central principles—inherent worthiness, sharing, and accountability—are reflected in our Mission and Statement of Beliefs.

We believe in supporting the inherent worth of an organization and recognize that people are the critical element in the success of a mission. For this reason, our grants focus on core mission and leadership development goals.


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Partners for Fish & Wildlife & Federal Aid in Sport Fishing Restoration The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, conducted since 1987 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, restores important fish and wildlife habitats on private lands. This program has been successfully carried out through the cooperation of landowners, who voluntarily offer drained wetlands and degraded uplands for restoration. With this voluntary arrangement, habitats are restored at no cost for participating landowners who agree to protect their restored wetlands and uplands for a minimum of 10 years. The Sport Fish Restoration program is funded through state agencies. It is a cost-reimbursement program, where the state covers the full amount of an approved project then applies for reimbursement through Federal Aid for up to 75% of the project.

Woodruff Foundation
This is an independent private foundation with a broad charter to support charitable, scientific and educational activities. Principal giving interests include conservation of natural resources and environmental education among other categories. Organizations which seek Foundation support are invited to make an informal inquiry before submitting a proposal. Grant proposals may be submitted at any time during the year. Proposals received by February 1 are considered at an April meeting of the Board of Trustees. Proposals received by September 1 are considered at the November meeting.

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