Resources - Grants

Captain Planet

Captain Planet grants are intended to provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth and serve as a catalyst to get environment-based education in schools. The Captain Planet Foundation accepts requests for grants between $500 - $2,500. Grants for spring and summer projects should be filed before September 30; grants for fall and winter projects by January 31.

Celebrate Urban Birds

Every year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites organizations, educators, and youth to apply for mini-grants to help fund creative neighborhood events.

Charlotte Martin Foundation

If you are in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, or Montana check out the Charlotte Martin Foundation for grants in habitat restoration and education. There are usually two funding cycles per year.

Chesapeake Bay Trust - Community Engagement Grant Programs

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is accepting applications for its Outreach and Community Engagement Grant Program.

The program provides funding for projects that increase public understanding of watershed challenges, build ownership of local watersheds, engage more individuals and organizations in stewardship practices and projects, and expand the base of citizen support necessary to advance the restoration of the bay.

Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund has 4 major areas of focus: species research, habitat protection, conservation education, and animal rescue and rehabilitation. Each year the Fund has specific conservation priorities it supports.  Your programs must align with these priorities. 

Applications for funding are taken year round and are reviewed bi-annually. Applications received by November 30th of each year are considered for funding in the first two quarters of the following year. Applications received by April 30th of each year are considered for funding in the last two quarters of that year.

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Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists

The initiative, Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, brings together public and private partners to support those organizations that are developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth on public lands which expose young people, particularly urban, tribal and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation.

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) supports the study of threatened species, the protection of critical ecosystems, and the development of community conservation and education programs. 

Every Day Capacity Building Grant

Deadline May 2nd and October 30th

National Environmental Education Foundation's Every Day Capacity Building Grants

Every Day Event Grants

Every Day Event Grants award Friends Groups and nonprofit public  lands organizations with up to $2,000 to further engage their community on a public land site.

Deadline December 18, 2015

Fish Wildlife Service Urban Refuge Partnership Program

US Fish and Wildlife Service's Urban Refuge Team is pleased to announce the request for proposals with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships. NFWF has announced the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program at: This grant program can support existing or new Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships. Our partners, not FWS employees, will need to apply. The full proposal due date is Tuesday, February 3, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

There is an Applicant Webinar scheduled for November 18, 2016, 2pm, Eastern Time. See calendar section on website to register.

Like last year, Migratory Birds is participating through their Urban Bird Treaty Program Cities. For an update on the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program and an overview on the RFP process for this grant, we will also host a webinar on Thursday, December 10, 3-4 pm. A Save the Date email with instructions will be forthcoming.

FWS Anniversary Celebration Grant

The Fish and Wildlife Service Retirees Association has a special account to support major anniversary events that promote the rich heritage and missions of the Service. Anniversaries of 50, 75, 100 and more years are eligible. Deadlines are April 30 and November 30 of each year. Friends groups may apply for matching funds to support these events.

Visit (Anniversaries) for grant application.

George & Miriam Martin Foundation

The George and Miriam Martin Foundation focuses on river and watershed conservation. Grants range for $1,000 to $200,000. For more information please go to their website.

Google Grants

Google offers nonprofit organizations $10,000 per month in in-kind advertising to promote your mission and initiatives on Click here to learn more.

Grant Writing Toolkit - Needs Statement

Grant writing toolkit with a focus on the Needs Statement.

10-page, PDF, 389 KB

Grants from Outdoor Nation

The North Face Explore Fund

The Explore Fund provides opportunities to discover the outdoors in powerful ways, ranging from outing programs that offer adventures for youth of diverse backgrounds, to using outdoor activities in overcoming health challenges, to developing confidence, self-esteem and teamwork through outdoor journeys and by learning new outdoor activities. CLICK HERE TO APPLY AND TO LEARN MORE.

Paddle Nation Project Grants

The Paddle Nation Project awards grants up to $2,500 or less that are designed to give organizations the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation ideas to life. This funding opportunity supports pioneering projects and initiatives that result in increased paddling participation. Projects should reinforce the idea that recreational paddling is one of the most accessible and impactful ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors. CLICK HERE TO APPLY! 

Take the On Campus Challenge

Outdoor Nation is kicking off our search for the National Outdoor Champion! During a six-week competition, colleges can compete to prove which campus can get the most people outdoors and active. Schools compete for gear and funding for planning and outreach. For more information click here.

Greening STEM for Educators Grant

Screenshot 2016-01-09 12.19.35National Environmental Education Foundation, NEEF, with major funding support from the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA), is offering a total of $7,000 in funding for teachers, after-school programs and nature organizations for projects that support Greening STEM.


Habitat Heroes mini-grants
Cornell Lab’s BirdSleuth program wants your help in improving schoolyard habitats for birds.  We’re excited to announce that we’re offering grants to support teachers in their efforts… thanks to our sponsors at Pennington®  Wild Bird Food brand, you can win cash and prizes to support habitat improvements and citizen science monitoring at your school!
How to Write a Grant Proposal Nonprofit Charitable Orgs takes the mystery out of writing grant proposals. Joanne Fritz provides guidance on how to write a proposal that helps the grantor to quickly understand what you are seeking. How to Write a Grant Proposal - can be found at

Innovative Education Award

North American Association for Environmental Education (naaee) is offering the UL Innovative Education Award.

The UL Innovative Education Award is a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to invest US $250,000 in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. We offer recognition grants to increase the impact of existing innovative non-profit programs that use the Environment as a pathway to STEM Learning (E-STEM).

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1st Phase Applications are due by February 27, 2015.

Keen Effect

At KEEN, we're committed to preserving the places we all play. Through the KEEN Effect we award $10,000 grants to nonprofit organizations around the world who are dedicated to just that.

For more information click here.

Applications are due by June 10.

Lowe's Small Grants

The small grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. These grants range from $100 to $2,000. Please note that grant funds are distributed as Lowe’s gift cards.

Rolling Deadline: Lowe’s Small Grants

Lowes Community Partners Grants

Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000, with most projects falling between $10,000 and $25,000.

  • Spring Cycle: March 21, 2016 – May 23, 2016
  • Fall Cycle: July 1, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Mazda Foundation Grants

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare and scientific research. Click here for grant guidelines.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Mobile Photography Grants for Refuges

Refuge System Mobile Photography Grants Available - Application Deadline February 1st

Have you noticed an increase in the number of photos and videos taken on your refuge? Are you interested in attracting, welcoming and connecting with the approximately 169 million adult American cell/smart phone photographers?
Complete the attached application to apply for a mobile photography grant!


Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund 2015
Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund
Full Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, July 15th by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

For complete details of this National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funding opportunity go to


National Trails Fund

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Fund offers “hiking trail improvement” grants to active member organizations of our Hiking Alliance.

Submit your application by 4:00 Pm (EST) on February 19, 2016.

National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant

This program provides competitive seed grants ($1,500 - $15,000) to creative and innovative proposals that seek to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the Refuge System nationwide and their work and projects to support the System.

Deadline for proposal is Tuesday, July 12th, 2016.

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Peer-to-Peer Coaching, Friends of Great Swamp NWR,

Capacity Building, Friends of Willamette Valley NWRC,

New OMB Guidance on Indirect Costs

What are the new OMB Guidance on Indirect Costs and why this matters to you!

2-page PDF, 307 KB

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant

The NOAA Office of Education is offering competitive funding opportunity for education projects designed to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental hazards. Eligible applicants are postsecondary institutions; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project. >>>>

Grant proposals due February 8, 2016

Orvis: How We Give

Orvis commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.

Orvis gives in three ways to protect nature, support communities, and advance canine health and well-being.



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Patagonia Grants

Patagonia gives to innovative grassroots organization that mobilize communities to take action. Deadlines are April 30 and August 31. Check out their website.

Project Learning Tree's GreenWorks Grant

Screenshot 2015-06-01 07.15.24Do you have an idea for an environmental improvement project but need funds to implement it? Project Learning Tree is accepting applications for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project targeting students. Grants are offered for service-learning projects that improve schools or restore natural habitats. This year, grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,000. >>>>  Deadline September 30th


Pulling Together Initiative 2015

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Pulling Together Initiative 2015

Pre Proposal Due Date:    August 3, 2015 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Full Proposal Due Date:   September 30, 2015 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time

The Pulling Together Initiative program is inviting applications for competitive grant funding to be awarded in 2015.  The program will award grants that will develop cooperative weed management areas (CWMA), support significant advances of existing CWMAs, develop or strengthen prevention and early detection/rapid response efforts, enhance education, and assist awareness projects to reduce, or eliminate, invasive plant species. The program is a partnership among National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

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School Garden Grant

Whole Kids Foundation

Plant the seed now so you’ll be ready when Whole Kids Foundation accepts new School Garden Grant applications September 1-October 31, 2014. Preview sample application questions to get all your carrots in a row before the due date. We were thrilled to award 511 grants to last year's applicants. Maybe your school is next! Current grant period is closed.

The Conservation Alliance

Nomination deadline May 1

The Conservation Alliance seeks to protect threatened wild places throughout North America for their habitat and recreational values. As a group of outdoor industry companies, they recognize their responsibility to help protect the wild lands and waterways on which their customers recreate and wildlife thrives. They make grants to registered 501(c)(3) organizations.

The Merrell Pack Project

The Pack Project Grants support people and organizations working to increase participation in active outdoor recreation while also creating meaningful connections to the natural world.

Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships

UWR P logoSeeking new and current Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships to apply for matching funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations' 5 Star proposal process, due Feb 3rd. Please spread the word to all Service programs working to engage urban communities in conservation.

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