Grant Finder

Our grant finder database contains information on more than a hundred grant opportunities that may be of interest to watershed and other environmental groups throughout New Jersey. If you know the name of the grant-making organization or the grant program name you’re interested in, type it into the search bar and the grant finder will tell you if we have it on file. Otherwise, you can simply type in a keyword (i.e., monitoring, technical assistance, education) and the grant finder will locate grants that match your interests!

Grant Program NameArea of InterestEligible RegionsTimeframeAward Amount and Eligible Applicants
3M Foundation3M provides funds, products, or volunteers. The company supports projects that impact 3M communities. They look for initiatives with defined and measurable results that target underserved populations. Environmental support focuses on sustainability, biodiversity and climate change initiatives. Nationwide -Organizations located in communities where 3M has a facilityOngoing
319(h) GrantsNonpoint Source PollutionNew JerseyAnnualLocal governments, schools, organizations
Abelard Foundation-EastMost grants are for general support. They focus on supporting "local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights, and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives."East of the Mississippi RiverProposals accepted at any time, but only reviewed twice per year. Those received by March 15 will be reviewed in spring, and those received by September 15 will be reviewed in fall.The foundation mainly supports local nonprofits. The average grant size is $10,000. The Foundation gives priority to projects that are in their first years of development and have budgets less than $300,000.
Albertsons Corporate Giving ProgramSupport is focused in the following areas: hunger relief, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship. The company also provides product donations to local community organizations. Where stores are locatedOngoing. If event-related, applications must be submitted at least eight weeks in advance of event.Albertsons supports 501 (c) (3) tax exempt nonprofit organizations with funds and products.
Altriawater quality and conservation, sustainable agriculture, litter prevention and cleanupNationwideOngoingProvide funding, in-kind, and volunteer services to nonprofit organizations.
American Water Environmental Grant ProgramEnvironmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection, and surface or groundwater protection educationAreas serviced by New Jersey American WaterProposals typically due in MarchUp to $10,000

Eligible applicants include municipalities, nonprofits and schools
America's Great Outdoors: Connecting youth to the OutdoorsThrough the grants, NEEF and its partners are catalyzing efforts to increase the number of youth who build a connection with public lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering.Nationwide, to orgniazations partnering with the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.September
Archer-Daniels-Midland CompanyAgricultural development, sound environmental practices, education for children and young adults, maintaining a vibrant community or related topics.Nationwide, but emphasis is given to corporate operating locationsOngoingProvide funds, including sponsorships, to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Aria FoundationEnvironmental protection, clean energy, arts, education, social justice and assistance due to natural disasterNationwide Grants to 501c3 orgnaizations
Bank of America FoundationEconomic mobility and social progress focused on the needs of the community, with a special focus on either 1) housing opportunities, including affordable housing, energy efficiency and renewable energy or 2) community development, including revitalization, environmental health, climate change resiliency, and the preservation/restoration of open space Bank of America markets, which includes the entire state of New JerseyApplications have historically been due in JuneApprx. $2,500-50,000

Eligible applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3)
Barbara Delano Foundation, Inc., The Endangered species, environment, forests, natural resources, global programsNationwideOngoingTax-exempt organizations
Barnegat Bay Partnership Mini-GrantsBarnegat Bay Watershed
Ben & Jerry's Foundation: National Grassroots Grant ProgramOur broad goals are to further social justice, protect the environment and support sustainable food systems. We will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals or from organizations that provide technical support and/or resources to such groups. NationwideOngoingThey make one-year grants for up to $15,000 for general operating or project support. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.
Boat U.S. Foundation Clean Water Grants Program Projects that promote safe and/or clean boating on local waterways. NationwideDeadline typically in January of each year.Provides grants of up to $4,000 to local volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations, boating clubs and student groups.
Brownfields Cleanup GrantsProvides funds to carry out cleanup activities at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant.NationwideProposal deadline in November. Projects may take up to three years.Up to $200,000 porvided per site to owner of the site. Tribal, state and local government, and organizations are eligible.
Bunbury Company GrantsEnvironmental programs that help conserve threatened farmland, habitat or waterways and regional planning efforts that help advance these goals. Also fund educational and community building projects.Primarily Mercer County, but also in Camden, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties.Quarterly deadlines: March, May, August, November.Average grant size is $15,000. Provides general operating support, building funds, challenge grants or matching funds, and funds for special programs to 501(c)3 nonprofits.
Cape Branch FoundationThe environment and education, with support for general operating, project support, building funds, and equipment.NationalOngoingGrant range: $2,000 - $385,000 provided to nonprofits. No application forms or deadlines. Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request. Also include a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status.
Captain Planet FoundationSupport high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.NationwideMay, September, and JanuaryProvide up to $2,500 to nonprofit orgnaizations. Most grants are around $500.
Carthage FoundationThe Carthage Foundation's grant program is primarily directed toward public policy programs that address major domestic and international issues.NationalOngoing
Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed ProtectionThis online catalog can be searched by funding sources, dept/agency, keyword, statute, or title.NationwidenaCatalog of federal funding sources for watershed protection
Clif Bar Family FoundationProtect Earth's beauty and bounty; Create a robust, healthy food system; Increase opportunities for outdoor activity; Reduce environmental health hazards; Build stronger communities.NationwideProposal deadlines are February 1st and June 1st of each year. Maximum grant award of $7,000. Applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3).
Community-Based Restoration GrantsFunds marine and coastal habitat restoration projects that benefit fish and shellfish around the coastal U.S.NationwideAprilFunding range: $25,000 - $85,000 and up to $250,000.
Conservation Finance ProgramOpen to nonprofit organizations conserving land in NJ. Public entities are not eligible but may partner with nonprofits. Objective to assist in the completion of land acquisition deals where capital is insufficient in time required.The fund operates throughout New Jersey but recognizes certain ecologically critical areas defined as the highest priorities by New Jersey's conservation community: the Highlands of the northwest; the Pinelands; the Barnegat Bay watershed; and the Delaware Bay Shore area.OngoingMust be a land conservation or land trust non-profit organization with 501 (3) (c ) status. Loans are made for up to 3 years, at 3 percent interest rate.
Conservation Reserve ProgramThe Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.Nationwidecontact local FSA site for sign up dates (website:, entities and states owning or operating eligible cropland or pastureland to be devoted to riparian buffers.
Conservation Technical AssistanceThrough CTA, NRCS helps people voluntarily conserve, improve and sustain natural resources on their land, typically through the development of conservation plans. Nationwide Eligible Groups: farmers, ranchers, local units of government, citizen groups, recreation groups, Tribal governments, professional consultants, State and Federal agencies, and others interested in conserving natural resources
Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants1) Environmental Health & Justice
2) Land Conservation
3) Sustainability of Resources
4) Mountaintop Removal Mining
5) Watershed Protection
6) Financial Literacy for elementary and high school students
NationwideApplications accepted year-roundAverage grant awards of $10,000

Applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3)
CSX Community InvestmentFocus on safety, wellness, community, and the environment (Teaching environmental stewardship, Planting eco-friendly trees and plants, Leading and supporting environmental clean-ups, Recycling and waste minimization, Promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction)Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico City, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, West VirginiaNo deadlinesAverage grant size: $5,000
Dam Restorations & Inland Water Projects Loan ProgramTo provide low-interest loans to assist in funding of dam restorations, flood control projects, water pollution control projects, and water-related recreation and conservation projectsNew JerseyApplication dates to be published by NJ Register Local government units, private lake associations or similar organizations and owners of private dams as co-applicants with a local government unit.
Delaware Watershed Conservation FundOn-the-ground restoration and conservation projects to improve fish and wildlife habitat, and improve outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River WatershedProjects must be implemented entirely within the Delaware River watershed, which includes portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Organizations located outside the watershed may apply if the project will be conducted entirely within the watershed.The 2018 schedule was:

- Applicant Webinar | August 17
- Full Proposal Due Date | September 27
Matching grants of $50,000 to $250,000

Eligible groups include nonprofit organizations; federal, state, interstate and local governments; Indian tribes; and educational institutions
Delaware River Restoration FundWater quality and habitat restoration projects in the Delaware River watershed DRRF projects must be implemented entirely within the Delaware River watershed, which includes portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Priority for Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants will be given to DRWI Cluster participants and their partners.The 2018 schedule was:

- Applicant Webinar | February 22
-​ Full Proposal Due Date | April 12
- ​Review Period
| ​April – June
​- Awards Announced | ​​Early August
Generally grants of less than $100,000 will be awarded for restoration at a single site and/or involving a limited number of partners. Any proposals requesting $100,000 to $500,000 should represent broad-based partnerships engaged in implementing comprehensive watershed restoration approaches that may include multiple sites and multiple strategies. Minimum matching fund contributions vary between 25 and 50 percent of total project costs.
Doris Duke Charitable FoundationThe mission of the Environment Program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments.Nationwide Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any timeThe foundation generally awards multi-year grants that range from $100,000 to $1 million.
E. J. Grassman TrustGrants will be for endowment, including scholarship endowment, and capital projects. Preference will be given to orgs with low admin expenses. Primary consideration include organizations who engage ecological endeavorsNew Jersey (particularly Union County)Deadlines are April 20 and October 15 annually. Average grant $5,000 to $25,000. There is no specific application, proposals should be in letter form, generally no more than 4 pgs in length.
Educational Foundation of America (EFA)Arts & Education, the Environment and Sustainable PopulationNationwideProposals by invitation only.Non-profits organizations are eligible. Grants range from $10,000 - $400,000.
Environmental Education Regional Grants (EE)Supports locally-focused environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed and responsible environmental decisions NationwideProposal deadline has varied between March, April and May $15,000 - $100,000. Applicants must match 25%.

Eligible applicantsinclude nonprofits, educational agencies, environmental agencies, and colleges and universities
Environmental Endowment for New JerseyEnvironmental projects that will have direct benefit in or near tidally-related NY/NJ Harbor Complex or Del. River Basin or Schuylkill Valley. New JerseyDecemberMaximum Grant $15,000.
Environmental Justice GrantsProvides financial assistance to eligible organizations to build collaborative partnerships, to identify the local environmental and/or public health issues, and to envision solutions and empower the community through education, training, and outreach.NationwideFebruaryUp to $25,000
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Nonprofit ProgramDesigned to provide conservation and humanitarian nonprofit organizations around the world an affordable means of acquiring ArcGIS software and services for organized volunteer efforts.WorldwideongoingFor a small administration fee, Esri donates its products to qualified organizations.
ExxonMobil FoundationExxonMobil focus areas include education, health, environment, and employee involvement.NationwideOngoingExxonMobil typically works with organizations they already have established relationships with.
FishAmerica FoundationFishAmerica provides grants to non-profits, conservation minded groups to enhance fish populations, restore fisheries habitat, improve water quality and advance fisheries research to improve sportfishing opportunities and success.Nationwidevaries with projectvaries with project
Fledgling FundSupports innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. Grants typically fall in the following broad areas: Environmental Justice, Girls’ Empowerment and Women’s Leadership, Health and Wellness, Economic Justice and Systemic Poverty, Educational Experiences, and the Justice System.NationwideHas two funding cycles per year$10,000 - $35,000
Forest Legacy ProgramDesigned to protect environmentally important forest areas threatened by conversion to non-forest use. The program provides funds to protect important lands though direct acquisition and through conservation easements.Nationwide Funding provided for up to 75% of program costs, with at least 25% match from private, state or local government required. Participation in Forest Legacy is limited to private forest landowners
Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence Grant ProgramProvide essential resources to nonprofit groups addressing critical land protection and conservation issues throughout New JerseyNew Jerseyapplications due end of MayGrant maximum of $5,000. Expected to match the grant funds 50% with inkind and/or cash contributions. Nonprofits only.
Fujifilms Corporate Giving ProgramThe fund is dedicated to putting Fujifilm digital cameras into the hands of people and organizations that make a difference in our lives, and, at the same time, to recognizing the interests and efforts of our employees within their own communities.Areas where there are local Fujifilm Companies Local FujiFilm companies determine which organizations to support.
Fund for New Jersey, The Our grant making advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through the work of policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing.New Jerseyrequests are viewed quarterly501(c)(3) orgnaizations are eligible.
Fund for Wild NatureThe Fund for Wild Nature (Fund) provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. We fund advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. NationwideFeb 1st, May 1st, Sept 1stGrants range from $1,000 - $3,000.
Garden State Historic Preservation Trust GrantsNew Jersey
George and Miriam Martin FoundationPreserving streams and wetlandsOngoing; no deadlinesAmount awarded is $1,000 - $100,000.; If you are interested in a grant, please send a brief letter describing how a grant will help your organization preserve streams and wetlands.
Georgia-Pacific FoundationFcous areas: education, community enrichment, environmental programs, and entrepreneurship initiativesApplicants must be located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific manufacturing community. As of 2018, there are four Georgia-Pacific manufacturing communities in New Jersey: Elizabeth, Edison, Milford & CamdenAccepted between January and October annually501(c)(3) organizations and public schools are eligible
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Fund Arts, Education, Environment and Media initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making.New JerseyNovember, February, August501(c)(3) organizations are eilgible. Award amounts vary.
Google Ad GrantsGoogle Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.comNationwideOngoing501(c)(3) organizations (excluding hospitals and educational institutions) with a functioning website.
Grassroots Exchange FundCommon Counsel's Grassroots Exchange Fund is a rapid response small grants program designed to support networking and collaboration between grassroots social change and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States. GXF prioritizes grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities.NationwideThere is no set deadline for the Grantee Exchange Fund, applications are funded February - November.$500 - $1,000. The Fund typically makes grants to grassroots community-based organizations working on social, economic, and environmental justice initiatives
Green AcresTo acquire land for public recreation and conservation purposes.New JerseyOngoingMunicipalities, counties and non-profit organizations are eligible.
Harbor Estuary ProgramStewardship, Habitat Restoration and Public Access Projects NY - NJMarchvaries
Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation FundTo provide funding to public and qualifying private entities for the remediation of a suspected or known discharge of a hazardous substance or hazardous waste.New JerseyongoingHDSRF grants and loans are available to public entities, private entities, and non-profit organizations ( 501(c)(3)) that perform a remediation pursuant to DEP’s Site Remediation Program requirements.
Hewlett-Packard Employee Product Giving ProgramEncourages HP employees in the United States to support qualified U.S. educational and nonprofit organizations with HP technology.  The HP employee contributes just 25% of the equipment’s list price and the remaining 75% is matched by the company. Products donated through this program must be used by qualified recipient organizations for educational, administrative or capacity-building purposes.Nationwide, where HP has a presence.OngoingTo qualify, the gift must be a minimum of $100 worth of equipment at list price and a maximum of $20,000 worth of equipment at list price. The process must be initiated by an HP employee.
Home Depot Foundation Community Impact GrantsGrants are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.NationwideAugust and DecemberUp to $5,000. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Hyde and Watson FoundationThe Foundation supports capital projects such as hard costs related to the construction or purchase of new facilities, building renovations and improvements, purchase of capital equipment and furnishings, and other one-time capital needs.New York City metropolitan area, and Essex, Union, and Morris Counties in New JerseyFebruary and SeptemberTypical grant range is $5,000 - $25,000.
IBM Corporate Giving ProgramWe focus our community engagement and corporate service programs on specific societal issues, including the environment, community economic development, education, health, literacy, language and culture.NationwideongoingVaries by grant program
International Paper The Foundation's primary focus areas are environmental education and literacy with limited funds going towards health and human services needs and employee involvement.Communities with International Paper facilities or employees.Contact local facility for application and deadline. Grants are reviewed at the corporarte level quarterly: Febriary 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.Must be a 501c3.
Ittleson Foundation The Foundation recognizes not-for-profit organizations, dedicated to bettering the United States, and as such, we provide funds for new initiatives and model projects that have the potential to greatly enhance public policy and the lives of fellow citizens. The Foundation's areas of particular interest are: mental health, AIDS, and the environment.NationwideLOI must be received by September 1.
Jessie Smith Noyes FoundationSupports grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world.NationwideOngoingMust be a tax exempt organization with a 501c(3) classification to be eligible. Awards range from $250-$100,000
The John A. and Margaret Post Foundation, Inc.supports charitable organizations that benefit the quality of life for families and society in general. Program areas include Arts, culture and humanities, Education, Environment, animals, Health
Human services, Public/society benefit
Primary focus on organizations in northwest New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania.April 1 and October 1Average grant size: $5,000 - $50,000. Grants for capital needs, specific programs, and general operating expenses of smaller organizations.
Knapp Foundation, Inc.Wildlife conservation education programsNationwide; generally gives to east coast states.Requests are viewed quarterly; contact the foundation for deadlines.Grants range from $1,000-$56,000 as matching grants.
L.L. BeanIn the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation category, primary activities include the maintenance and protection of our natural resources; efforts to engage more young people in activities that are relevant to our product line, such as camping, hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, hunting, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; and programs that have proximity to L.L.Bean Retail Stores.Nationwideaccepted all year, have application submitted by Dec501(c)(3) organizations are eligible for grants or product donations.
Land O'Lakes FoundationLand O'Lakes Foundation awards grants to projects that best address the following areas: Hunger relief, Youth and education, Rural leadership, Civic improvements, Soil and water preservation, Arts and culture.Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and VirginiaOngoing. Contact a Land O’Lakes dairy farmer in your area to begin the process.$500-$5,000; 501(c)(3) orgnaizations are eligible. Grants must be initiated by Land O'Lakes farmer-members
Lawrence Foundation, The Supports environmental, human services and other causes.nationalApr 30 and November 1 annually501(c)(3) orgnaizations, public schools, and libraries are eligbile.
Make A Splash! Water Festival GrantsAn initiative of the New Jersey Project WET Foundation, this grant program provides funds for teachers to host hands-on, educational festivals to raise awareness of the importance of clean water. Grants to public or private schools and non-profit organizations interested in sponsoring environmental outreach and educational programs.New JerseyFor Spring Festivals, proposals due Feb 18. For Fall Festivals, proposal due June 1.$400-$1,500, based on the number of students.

Elementary and middle school teachers (Grades 2 through 8) are eligible to apply after having participated in a
Project WET Educator Workshop.
Max and Anna Levinson Foundation We make grants to nonprofit organizations committed to developing a more just, caring, ecological and sustainable world.NationwideNo deadlinesGrants are made by invitation only, but Letters of Inquiry are accepted. Most grants are in $30,000 range.
Max and Victoria Dreyfus FoundationThe Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs.NationwideDeadlines are November 10 and March 10 each year.
McGraw Foundation, Curtis W.environmental conservation activitiesStatewide, with an emphasis on PrincetonOct 1, annually$500-$100,000. Available to non-profits.
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental FoundationTheir mission is to support educators in developing environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.NationwidePre-proposals due September of each yearGrant awards up to $1,500 to nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, and government agencies.
National Environmental Education FoundationNEEF provides grants and awards to leverage the reach of our programs, implement our program goals, support the efforts of other organizations and strengthen the environmental education (EE) field as a whole.NationwideVaries by Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for AmericaAcres for America is a partnership between Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Acres for America program was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Wal-Mart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through these acquisitions.NationwidePre-proposal deadline is April 13 All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match. Higher ratios of matching funds will at times aid in making applications more competitive. Grant Range $500,000 - $1,000,000
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Atlantic Flyway Shorebird ProgramThe program is focused on strategic investments to secure populations of three species – American oystercatcher (short distant migrant), whimbrel (mid-distance migrant) and threatened red knot (long distant migrant).

Priority conservation actions include:
- Habitat conservation
- Habitat restoration
- Habitat management
- Harvest pressure
- Monitoring and assessing progress
Shorebird sites along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard In 2019, the proposal deadline was: January 14, 2019The majority of grants awarded under the program will range between $50,000 and $250,000.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, unincorporated individuals, international organizations.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Bring Back the Natives/More FishProvides funding to restore, protect and enhance native fish species populations through projects focused on watershed connectivity, water quality, invasive species management, and research.NationwideProposals due in JulyGrant awards generally range in size from $50,000 to $100,000. Applicants should provide non-federal match of at least $1 for every $1 of NFWF grant funds requested. Local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies, special districts (e.g., conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts), non-profit 501(c) organizations, schools and universities may apply.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration ProgramProvides modest financial assistance on a competitive basis to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities.NationwideMid- to late-JanuaryEligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions.

Awards range from $20,000 to $50,000 with an average size of $30,000. Projects are required to meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio to be competitive.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: National Wildlife Refuge FriendsIncrease public awareness and appreciation for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Three areas of emphasis: start-up grants to fund initial start up costs for support groups, such as printing of brochures, membership drives, consultant fees for planning missions and strategic plan; capacity building to strengthen existing support groups and enable them to be more effective; and project specific grants to use for developing education programs for local schools, outreach programs for landowners, habitat restoration projects, building of observation towers, interpretive signs, etc.NationwideProposals due in JulyEligible applicants include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Friends organizations whose primary mission is to support a refuge or a complex of refuges.

Grant award ranges from $1,500-$15,000. A 1:1 non-federal matching contribution is encouraged but not required.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Resilient Communities ProgramFocus areas are 1) adaptation through regional conservation projects and 2) community capacity building and demonstration projectsNationwideProposals due in MarchEligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes.

Grants range from $100,000 to $500,000. Projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio will be more competitive.
National Fisheries Habitat ProgramProvides funding to restore habitat for coastal marine resources and anadromous fish.NationwideMayMatching funds of at least 50% are required for the federal funds requested. Proposals may request up to $400,000. Tribal, state and local government, organizations and individuals are eligible.
National Geographic Society Conservation TrustThe Conservation Trust is a grant program that supports innovative solutions to conservation challenges and issues of global concern. The Trust encourages projects that engage and inform their areas’ local population with the potential for global application. Projects that hold potential as media subject matter are also encouraged, as National Geographic’s vast audience offers our grantees opportunities to make a broad public impact.NationwideOngoingIndividual researchers and research teams. Grants range from $15,000 to $20,000.
National Park Service: Land and Water Conservation FundProvide federal grants for land acquisition and conservation to federal and state agencies. Funds for the development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. NationwideOngoingMatches grants for state and local governments
National Recreational Trails ProgramProvide financial assistance for developing and maintaining trails and trail facilities. Trails can be non-motorized, multi-use and motorized purposes.New JerseyApplications due mid-FebruaryMaximum grant award is 24,000. Governmental and nonprofit organizations are eligible. Local agencies, special purpose districts, tribes, and non-profit organizations must provide 20 percent match for each project, and at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal contribution.
New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration PartnershipThe New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (NJCWRP) is an innovative public-private initiative to protect, enhance and restore important aquatic habitats and water quality in New Jersey.

Projects submitted to NJCWRP for funding consideration must be located on public and protected lands within the state of New Jersey and have a governmental partner.
New JerseyOngoingProjects must have a governmental partner in order to be considered.
New Jersey Office of Information Technology's NJMapp Initiative for Community Access to TechnologyDonation of ArcView GIS Bundle to Nonprofit Organizations and Environmental CommissionsNew JerseyOngoingsee website for specific restrictions
New Jersey SmartStart Buildings ProgramEnergy-efficiency technical and financial assistance; capital projectsNew JerseyOngoingFree technical assistance for small projects and equipment incentives.
New Jersey Tree FoundationState-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and development of community forestry activities. Provides free trees and planting. Restoration work!New Jersey Provides trees and training.
New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council (Fund)To preserve freshwater wetlands and transition areas determined to be of critical importance in protecting freshwater wetlands.New JerseyOngoing
NOAA Coastal Services CenterTo help building capabilities throughout the nation to address pressing issues of coastal health and change by conserving coastal environments and promoting efficient and sustainable commercial and residential development.NationwideProposal due May 15The NOAA Coastal Services Center annually issues a Broad Area Announcement detailing the availability of competitive funding from the Center. A Broad Area Announcement differs from most other funding announcements by federal agencies because it consists of several independent opportunities. Please visit the web site for these announcements.
NOAA Community-Based Habitat Restoration Project GrantsLocal community-based marine, estuarine and riparian habitat restorationNortheast, Mid-Atlantic, MidwestApplication due dates vary by projectAmount awarded typically range from $50,000 to $200,000.
Nonpoint Pollution Implementation Grants (Sec. 319h)Provide funds to states for on-the-ground projects to reduce nonpoint source pollution runoff. Eligible activities include technical assistance, monitoring, ground water activities and resource restoration.New JerseyOctober 15thLocal governments, cities, counties, regional development centers, local school systems, colleges, universities, local non-profit organizations, state or federal agencies, local or county environmental commissions, and watershed and water resource associations. Funding may not be used on private lands with the exception of demonstration projects.
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants ProgramLong-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.NationwideOctober of each year. Visit: to $100,000. Minimum 1:1 match required.
Eligible applicants include: Federal Agencies; State Agencies; Local governments and Utility Districts; Non-profits organizations; Partnerships
NRCS' Conservation Innovation GrantsVoluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. National and New Jersey competitionsThey require a 50:50 match.
NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Mini-Grant ProgramProvide funding for projects that foster awareness of the goals of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program and that encourage the involvement of the general public and local governments.New York-New Jersey EstuaryJanuaryNonprofits and counties in estuary are eligible. Check on funding availability.
Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program, Lorrie Grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds may be used for the purchase of plants and seeds.NationalProposal due October 15thCash awards range from $100 to $500.
Partners for Fish and WildlifeProvides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore degraded wetlands, streams and river corridors, prairie, grasslands and other important fish and wildlife habitats for migratory birds, anadromous fish, threatened and endangered and some marine mammals.Nationwide Technical assistance is provided free. Wherever possible, the program seeks a 50/50 cost-share between federal and non-federal partners, but cost-shares are not a requirement. Any privately-owned land is potentially eligible for restoration. Most participants are individual private landowners. For purposes of this program, "privately-owned" means land not owned by a State or the Federal Government.
Partners for PlacesAdvancing GHG reduction, climate resilience, green infrastructure, and equity priorities through community-focused sustainability projects that build partnerships between local government leaders and local place-based
United States and CanadaIn 2019, the proposal deadline was Jan. 31 One-year awards are typically between $25,000 - $75,000. Two-year projects are typically between $50,000 - $150,000.

The proposal must consist of a team of these partners:
(1) the sustainability director of a city or a county for general applicants, OR a water director of a city, county, or utility (for green infrastructure applicants); and
(2) the local, place-based foundation(s).
Patagonia Environmental Corporate Grants ProgramPatagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.NationwideAnnually, April 30 and August 31Grants range from $10,000-20,000. The company seeks to support small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas. Organizations must have 501(3)(c ) status.
Pew Charitable Trusts, The The mission of the Environment program is to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere and preserve old-growth forest, wilderness and marine ecosystems. Our investments are goal-oriented, and virtually all of the activities we support contain specific benchmarks that enable us to measure progress toward meeting explicit targets.Nationwideongoing$ varies based on grant. The Trusts make grants in six program areas. You should first review the information about the program whose interests most closely match those of your organization. The guidelines lay out concisely each program's goals and objectives and the kinds of activities it will and will not consider.
Project WILDEducating the youth about environmental issues.NationwideSmall grants only.
PSE&G Neighborhood Partners GrantApplications must align with one of the following focus areas: sustainable neighborhoods (environmental stewardship, climate adaptation, natural resources), safety, or STEM educationNew Jersey and Long Island PSE&G service territories, as well as operating territories in Salem, Burlington and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey, and operating territories in Albany, NY, and Bridgeport and New Haven, CTApplications accepted between March 1 and September 30Up to $10,000; organization must be an IRS approved 501(c)(3) or a 170(B) and located in a PSE&G service or operating territory.
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA)Conservation and recreation planning professionals partner with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities.NationwideApplications are due by June 30thRTCA does not award monetary grants or loans. Instead, RTCA supplies a National Parks Service staff person with experience in community-based outdoor recreation and conservation to work with partners
Robbins-de Beaumont FoundationFocuses on education of children and adults on a variety of topics, including environmental preservation.Nationwide, with the majority of funds going to New England states and New York.Concept papers are due March 1; Application guidelines may be requested in writing or by phone.Grants typically range from $3,000-$30,000
Rockefeller Family FundSupport toward advocacy efforts that are action-oriented and likely to lead to tangible public policy results.

One of their three project areas is the environment. The environment program is focused almost exclusively on climate change. This includes projects that emphasize public education on the risk of global warming, and the implementation of sound solutions. RFF is especially interested in initiatives designed to enact aggressive policies at the state and national levels to reduce carbon emissions; disrupt the life cycle of fossil fuels from drilling and mining to transportation and exporting; bring diverse and compelling new voices into the climate debate; and examine how special interests are distorting science and delaying constructive steps to deal with this impending global crisis.
NationwideLetters of Inquiry can be sent at any timeAverage grant: $25,000-$30,000
Sarah Scaife Foundations, Inc.The Sarah Scaife Foundation’s grant program is primarily directed toward public policy programs that address major domestic and international issues.NationwideOngoing
The Scherman FoundationThe Scherman Foundation's environmental program consists of two funds: the Core Fund and the Rosin Fund.

The Core Fund mainly focuses on energy and climate, marine preservation, clean drinking water, and urban sustainability (targeted primarily in the New York City region).

The Rosin Fund supports innovative, short-term and high-impact projects that address topic areas including urban sustainability, green economy/jobs, and sustainable drinking water.
NationwideCore Fund applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Rosin Fund Environmental Program will resume in 2020. All applicants must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

For the Core Fund, general operating and project grants considered. Grants average $35,000 over two-years.

For the Rosin Fund, grants range between $100,000 and $250,000 per year (with the possibility of larger grants for extraordinary innovations) and cover a period of one to three years.
Sea PactStewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Focus areas include:

• Social Responsibility
• Aquaculture
• Fisheries Management
• Traceability
• Special species of interest: Squid
• Fishery Habitat Restoration
• Species Research and Data Collection
NationwideIn 2018, Letters of Inquiry are due Aug. 20

Historically, completed proposals are due between mid-September and early October
Up to $30,000

To be eligible, domestic and international applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or the equivalent. Domestic and international for-profit organizations also are eligible if they can demonstrate that there is no private benefit to the applicant in the event a grant is awarded.
Singing for Change Charitable FoundationGrants 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. NationwideOngoingAmount awarded is $500 - $10,000. Nonprofit organizations are eligible. For further information see
Solution SearchGrants to organizations who have existing environmental solutions. Theme changes every time. NationwideAround every two years$25,000 grand prize, $10,000 Youth leadership prize, $10,000 environmental justice prize, $5,000 early entry prize.
State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) - Municipal and County Planning Incentive Grant (PIG) GrantFunding to support farmland preservation efforts. New JerseyApplication due December 15thCommunity must have farmland preservation plan.
State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) - The Nonprofit Grant ProgramProvides 50% matching grants to nonprofit organizations towards farmland or easements on farmland.New JerseyApplication due December 20thNon-profit organizations.
Stonyfield Farm, Our Profits for the Planet ProgramFunding priorities fall into 4 principal categories: family farming; slowing or reversing climate change; organic agriculture and reduction of toxins in agriculture and the food supply; and avoiding adverse health impacts from environmental and agricultural practices.NationwideOngoing- currently (5/11/2018) not accepting unsolicited grant requests; however, the donation request program remains open: applicants include but are not limited to: Schools; Local governments; Non-profits organizations

Superfund Technical Assistance Grants"To enable a group of individuals who are affected by a site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) to obtain technical assistance in interpreting information regarding the site." NY, NJApplications may be submitted after a site is proposed for listing on the NPL.Up to $50,000 initially; additional funds may be available; 20% non-federal government matching share required. Groups affected by an NPL site. All groups must be incorporated as nonprofit organization.
Target Field Trip GrantsLearning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences.NationwideSeptember annually, 700 provided to schools
Temper of the Times FoundationRecognizing 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. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. The Foundation also supports earned media campaigns.NationwideApplications must be submitted to the Foundation via email ([email protected]) by December 15th. If December 15th falls on a weekend, applications are due on the first Monday after the 15th. Usual grants $5,000 - $15,000

Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3)
Threshold FoundationFunds innovative national and international non-profit organizations working to further the causes of social justice, environmental preservation, humane economic systems and the peaceful coexistence of individuals, communities and cultures. Nationwidecheck website for dates annually$5,000-$25,000
Trust for Public Land, TheNational nonprofit that works to preserve open space. Land acquisition.New Jersey (Also Nationwide)check website for dates annuallyPrivate landowners, governmental bodies and nonprofit organizations.
US Fish & Wildlife - Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Acts Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Acts were created to fund restoration efforts for the benefit of fish, wildlife and the American people. Appropriate State agencies are the only entities eligible to receive grant funds.NationwideVaries by projectAwarded to states. Categories for funding are: Fish and Wildlife Resources; Sport Fish Resources; Wildlife Resources; Aquatic Ecosystems; Aquatic Resources and Hunter Education; State Wildlife Grant Program
USEPA Environmental Education Grants ProgramThe Grant Program sponsored by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental qualitynationwideMay-02-2011Grants of $15,000 - $100,000 are awarded in EPA’s ten regional offices. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.
Victoria FoundationProtecting New Jersey's environment requires a number of strategies, of which land acquisition is only one of Victoria Foundation's priorities. The Foundation supports groups that monitor and advocate for protected and unprotected open space, water quality, and scenic and recreational resources, as well as those that promote regional and statewide land use planning, particularly through the State Plan.New Jersey, focus on NewarkTwo cycles: January 15th and June 15th$1,000-$500,000. New Jersey
Wal-Mart Environmental GrantsSupport environmental efforts and educationNationwide (communities where stores are located)Applications accepted on an ongoing basisUp to $25,000 range
The Watershed Institute Grant ProgramRefer to Grant Program Announcement for funding eligibility and criteria. In 2014, funds available for projects, technical assistance, and engagement. The Watershed Institute promotes the health and resiliency of NJ’s watersheds by strengthening, connecting, and mobilizing watershed organizations.New JerseyLetters of Inquiry due in summerGrant awards range. In kind matching is strongly encouraged for project grants. See Grant Program Announcement.
Wetlands Reserve ProgramThe Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.NationwideOngoingLandowners
Wildlife Conservation Society - Climate Adaptation FundTo support projects that implement effective land and water interventions to improve
wildlife and ecosystem adaptations to climate change.
NationwidePre-proposal applications due the first Friday of April Conservation organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)To develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land.NationwideongoingTechnical assistance is free. NRCS pays up to 75% of the cost of installing the wildlife habitat practices. Tribal, state and local government and organizations are eligible.
William Penn Foundation, The To improve quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children's futures, and deepen connections to nature and community.Philadelphia, Camden, Delaware Watershed, Schuylkill Watertshed, Pinelands, Bayshore Region.Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round501(c)(3) organizations are eligible.

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