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.

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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Every Day Capacity Building Grant

Deadline May 2nd and October 30th

National Environmental Education Foundation’s Every Day Capacity Building Grants

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.

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.

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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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.


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.

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.


National Trails Fund

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


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 For details go to

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. >>>>


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. >>>>  


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.

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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