Funding Opportunities List





Below you will find information on governmental and non-government funding sources for restoration projects and organizational capacity building. The Assembly will continually add new opportunities and update information on existing opportunities.

The Colorado Watershed Assembly is always available to assist in developing funding strategies and provide advice when applying for grants. Please feel free to contact the Assembly.


Public Funding Opportunities

Acorn Foundation
Geographic Focus: The Acorn Foundation currently prioritizes funding to organizations based in the western and southern United States.
Project Focus: The Foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects that engage in community organizing in order to:

  • Preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife;

  • Advocate for environmental justice, particularly in low-income and indigenous communities;

  • Prevent or remedy toxic pollution.

General operating and project support are provided. Acorn Foundation offers general support grants to grassroots organizations in the range of $5,000 – $10,000. The Acorn Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process, however, full proposals are accepted by invitation only.


Amgen Foundation
Geographic Focus: United States
Program Focus: The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.

The Amgen Foundation’s philanthropic efforts are focused on the following areas:

  • Science Education - The Foundation is committed to raising the value of science literacy for both students and teachers. In this area, the Foundation seeks to identify programs that provide pivotal hands-on science experiences for students, as well as those that seek to support teacher quality and provide professional development.
  • Community Life- The Foundation dedicates substantial resources to strengthening and enriching the community, thereby making it a more desirable place to live and work. This investment helps to ensure that essential social services, environmental programs, the excitement of the sciences and the richness of the arts are more accessible to all members of the community.

Submit a letter of inquiry online. 


Ben and Jerry's Foundation
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the United States and is their most competitive grant program. 

They make one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.

Full proposals are due January 15, 2016 or July 15, 2016. 


BoatU.S. Foundation Clean Water Grants Program
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Projects Supported: education, reduce movement of invasive species, construction of boat wash stations

2008 Focus Topic: Invasive Species


Boeing Charitable Contributions
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Funding Interests: Boeing partners with nonprofit organizations, schools, and others to work on projects that are strategically focused on a few key areas that can have a measurable impact. They focus their community involvement in five U.S. Focus Areas: education, health and human services, arts and culture, civic, and the environment.

Types of Support: Boeing provides grants as well as donates surplus goods (e.g., computers and office equipment) to organizations within their five major areas of support. These services include loaned employees, printing, graphics, technical support and transportation.


Bohemian Foundation
Geographic Focus: Fort Collins, Colorado
Funding Interests: The Bohemian Foundation looks for agencies and programs encompassing the following three aspects:

  • Have clear, strong evaluation systems with high expectations for youth, are responsive to backgrounds, interests and needs of youth and families, and serve a broad cross section of youth.

  • Collaborate; avoid duplication of services and maximize efficiency.

  • Are vocal, innovative, and resourceful when promoting issues of public awareness.

Types of Support: Pharos Fund grants, which are available for general operating support, capital projects, equipment purchases, technical assistance and program support.


Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund
Geographic Focus: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin

Emphasis on communities with company facilities, including Aurora, CO

Project Focus: Contributions are given to organizations and initiatives which support the goal of conserving, protecting, and improving the environment.


Build a Bear Workshop Foundation
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving communities and impacting lives through unique philanthropic programs that help children and families, animals and the environment.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation reviews grants for these causes on a rolling basis. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation desires to support organizations that help children and families, animals and the environment directly. Grants range between $1,000 and $10,000 with the average grant being $2,500.

The foundation does not fund: capital campaigns, fundraising sponsorships or events, political activities, or religious organizations for religious purposes.


Case Foundation - Make It Your Own Award
Geographic Focus: 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico
Funding Interests: individuals, and individuals working with small organizations and groups, who join together to imagine and implement innovative ideas and solutions that lay the groundwork for long-term social change.


Center for Invasive Plant Management
Geographic Focus: Western United States
Funding Interests:

  • Restoration-returning an area of land to a previous or unimpaired condition.

  • Reclamation-converting degraded lands to productive or desired use.

  • Revegetation-causing vegetation to grow again.

Types of Support: In 2007, CIPM will award research grants in two areas: Seed Money and Improving Invasive Plant Management Decision Making.


Christensen Fund
Geographic Focus: Four Corners Region
Projects Supported: general support; project support; seed money; equipment; project planning; conferences, seminars, and workshops; capacity building; endowment; and, technical assistance.


Colorado River District Grant Program
Geographic Focus: Colorado
Program Focus: Eligible projects should address 1 or more of the following:

  1. Development of a new water supply

  2. Improvement of an existing water supply system

  3. Measures to improve instream water quality

  4. Measures which promote water use efficiency

  5. Sediment reduction measures

  6. Implementation of watershed management actions

  7. Tamarisk control measures

Application deadline is January 30.


Colorado Tree Coalition Grant Program
Geographic Focus: Colorado
Project Focus: These grants are for tree-related projects and community forestry promotional activities only. An educational component should be included in each project. Projects which enhance good community tree planting, care or maintenance, are eligible. In general, projects must be on public property, but projects on private property that provide public benefit and access are acceptable. In 2008, grant dollars will be divided into 4 tiers (Management/Maintenance; Media; Tree Planting; and Xcel Utility)


Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
Geographic Focus: Boulder County
Projects Supported: specific projects, unrestricted expenses, capital campaigns, start-ups endowments and technical assistance.

Primary funding areas include: the Arts, Civic Engagement, Education, the Environment, and Health and Human Services.


Compton Foundation Environment and Sustainability
Geographic Focus: Nationwide, international programs are also supported
Program Focus: The Compton Foundation was founded to address community, national, and international concerns in the following areas of interest: Peace and Security Issues, Population and Reproductive Health, Environment and Sustainability

The goals of the Environment and Sustainability program are:

  • advancing ecologically healthy, economically sustainable, and socially just visions for the management and use of fresh water in the western U.S.;

  • reduce the U.S. contribution to the global climate crisis; and,

  • promote community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities.


Conservation Alliance
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: 

  • Seek to protect a specific wild land or waterway for its habitat and recreational values.

  • Engage grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort. We do not fund general education or scientific research projects.

  • Quantifiable with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, and should include a clear measure for evaluating success.

  • Have a good chance of closure or significant measurable results over a fairly short term (one to three years).


Constellation Energy Ecostar Grant Program
Geographic Focus: Continental 50 states with the exception of AZ, GA, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, WY
Project Focus: Project should fit at least one of five environmental focus areas: Pollution Prevention, Education, Energy Efficiency, Conservation, or Community Activism.

Application Deadline for EcoStar Grants: March 16 (annually)


David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Conservation and Science Program
Geographic Scope: Nationwide
Conservation and Science Program, sub-program Western Conservation
Project Focus: Western Land Protection, Western Watershed Restoration, Strengthening Resilience through Adaptive Climate Change Management and Broadening Environmental Constituencies.


DoGooder Nonprofit Video Award
Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The contest will award a total of $10,000 in grants, funded by the Case Foundation, to the best videos of the year found in the YouTube Nonprofit Program—a special program that YouTube designed to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Submit any video your organization made last year by March 19, when a set of nonprofit and media professionals will select 16 finalists to compete in a public vote. Awards will go to organizations of all sizes, including a special award for Best Innovation in Video.


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Goal: To accelerate the conservation of essential habitats identified in state wildlife action plans.


  • Identify Critical Lands – This strategy supports state efforts to develop and implement wildlife action plans that identify priority lands for habitat conservation.

  • Implement Land Protection – This strategy supports the protection of priority areas identified in state wildlife action plans, the development of new sources of conservation funding, and the integration of state wildlife action plans into local, regional and national planning efforts.

  • Build Conservation Knowledge – This strategy supports training, research and education initiatives that advance the Environment Program’s mission.


Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Our challenge grant can be used to raise new money from your board, from membership, from foundations. Funds raised can go for your selected purposes - they are “unrestricted funds.” Our grant is used for marketing and fundraising purposes only.



Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Our challenge grant can be used to raise new money from your board, from membership, from foundations. Funds raised can go for your selected purposes - they are “unrestricted funds.” Our grant is used for marketing and fundraising purposes only.




Excel Energy Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Environmental awareness, education, and partnerships


Firedoll Foundation Environmental Conservation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide, with an emphasis on the Western US
Program Focus: The Foundation supports a variety of approaches to preserving the environment, including legal action, scientific inquiry, legislative advocacy and direct action.

The Foundation is particularly interested in projects involving regional cooperation and those that combine conservation with environmentally sustainable development, giving local people a stake in conservation. In the western United States, the Foundation awards grants on a range of issues from protection of old growth forests and rivers to the preservation and rebuilding of eastern Pacific fish stocks.


FishAmerica Foundation Conservation Grants

Geographic Focus: U.S. & Canada
Projects Supported: habitat improvement, streambank stabilization, aeration systems, fishery reefs, silt removal, planting vegetation, improving fish passage, hatchery construction/renovation, stocking & rearing projects, litter cleanup, heavy equipment rental for projects


Freeport-McMoRan Charitable Giving Program

Geographic Scope: Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico; primarily company communities (Henderson & Climax Mines in Colorado)
Funding Categories: education, environmental quality & education, community & civic development


Fund For Wild Nature

Geographic Scope: Nationwide
Funding Categories: action for wildlife, for rivers, for wilderness, for the places that support the interdependent life that sustains our planet

The Fund for Wild Nature invests in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness.
Grant money can go to: Project-oriented expenses; general overhead is not funded


Gates Family Foundation

Geographic Focus: Colorado
Project Focus: Parks, Conservation and Recreation and Community Development and Revitalization


Greenlee Family Foundation

Geographic Focus: Emphasis on Boulder County, the Four Corners area, and Summit County
Project Focus:

  • archaeological preservation and education;

  • environmental education;

  • arts and culture, including museums and libraries;

  • Native American issues.

Grant money can go to: General support, project support, technical assistance; matching grants; and, capital expenditures (only as matching grants).


Harder Foundation

Geographic Focus: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Project Focus: In 2008, focused funding areas include:

  • temperate federal forest protection;

  • energy development on public lands;

  • near-shore marine and estuary conservation; and,

  • river conservation and salmon habitat.


Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Grants, up to $2,500, are now available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. who are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase or tools or materials.

All applicants are required to pass an eligibility quiz before applying. Organizations that pass will be considered, but not guaranteed a grant.


Intermountain West Funder Network (IMWFN)

Geographic Focus: The Intermountain West Funder Network focuses on the eight-state region of Montana Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Neveda, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Additionally, they recognize Eastern Washington, Oregon, and California regions with similar geographic and topographic resource challenges. 
Project Focus: IMWFN funds small grant opportunities providing between $2,500 - $15,000 used to support projects engaged in innovative problem solving in their communities. IMWFN hopes these grants will promote authentic community engagement that leads to environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically prosperous regions and communities.

The application deadline is September 14, 2012 at 5 p.m. MT. 


Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation

Geographic Focus: The intermountain west, with an emphasis on Montana. Organizations in developing countries are also supported.
Project Focus: The Foundation supports field projects that satisfy the following criteria:
designed and supported by the local people most directly affected;

  • modest in scale at its inception;

  • has clearly stated objectives and include measurable and verifiable indices of success; and,

  • designed and justified on sound criteria and firm scientific grounds.

Types of support include: project support, general support, advocacy, research, and project planning.


Maki Foundation

Geographic Focus: The Maki Foundation's primary concern is environmental protection in the western United States with an emphasis on Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
Project Focus: Currently, the Foundation's priorities are as follows:

  • wilderness and wild lands protection;

  • river and wetlands conservation;

  • biological diversity conservation; and,

  • public lands management.


Max and Anna Levinson Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The Foundation focuses on the Environment, including: Protection of Ecosystems and Biological Diversity; Alternative Energy and Conversion from the Oil Economy; Alternative Agriculture and Local Green Economic Development; Breaking the Link Between Resource Extraction, Civil and International Conflict, and Markets; and the Development of Environmental Movements.

The Foundation does not consider grants for capital programs or traditional charitable programs. The Foundation cannot provide ongoing support for the basic programs of any single organization.


Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation

Geographic Focus: Worldwide
Program Focus: This grant provides funding support for any organization that can provide curricula to empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

The deadline for the pre-proposal is September 20, 2009 and the full proposal is due September 25, 2009. The foundation provides grants up to $1,500 but will consider funding full scale projects that cost more, as long as additional information is provided.


Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation

Geographic Focus: Programs in countries in North America, South America, and Central America are supported.
Project Focus: Grants are provided in the following four categories --

  • environmental education;

  • conservation and biodiversity;

  • environmental justice; and,

  • sustainable development.

The foundation supports specific projects and their related costs.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Bring Back the Natives

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Focuses on restoring, protecting, and enhancing native aquatic species, especially on lands on or adjacent to federal agency lands. This program funds projects that initiate partnerships with private landowners, demonstrate successful collaborative efforts, and address watershed health issues. Grants averaging $60,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations; universities; Native American tribes; and local, state, and federal agencies. These grants encourage a $2 non-federal match for each federal dollar requested by applicants.

Online pre-proposals are due December 1, 2009; full proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2010.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The Partners Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes who are willing to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners on a voluntary basis to help meet the habitat needs of Federal Trust Species.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ConocoPhilips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird

Geographic Focus: Priority will be given to projects in regions where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence, including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming
Project Focus: The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program provides funding for projects that benefit migratory birds and their habitats.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five-Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Description: The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development. The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country. Its goal is to meet the conservation needs of important species and habitats, providing measurable and meaningful conservation and educational outcomes. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals.

The application deadline is February 3, 2015. 




National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: This program provides competitive seed grants to creative and innovative proposals that seek to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the Refuge System nationwide.

Grants are provided to support proposals that fall within the following areas of emphasis: start-up grants, capacity building grants, and project specific grants


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Native Plant Conservation Initiative

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: Supports on-the-ground conservation projects that protect, enhance, and/or restore native plant communities on public and private lands. Projects typically fall into one of three categories and may contain elements of each: protection and restoration, information and education, and inventory and assessment.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Pulling Together Initiative

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The Pulling Together Initiative (PTI) provides support for the formation of local Weed Management Area (WMA) partnerships. These partnerships engage federal resource agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, and other interested parties in developing long-term weed management projects within the scope of an integrated pest management strategy.

PTI grants provide an opportunity to initiate working partnerships, demonstrate successful collaborative efforts, and develop permanent funding sources for the maintenance of Weed Management Area partnerships.


National Forest Foundation Community Assistance Program

Geographic Scope: National
Projects Supported: include technical assistance, training, consultants, community outreach, obtaining 501(c)(3) status, group facilitation, basic start-up and operating costs, materials and equipment, program development, nonprofit management skill building, and communications.

Priority will be given to organizations in underserved and culturally diverse communities that have had limited access to financial and organizational resources.


National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program

Geographic Scope: National
Projects Supported: projects that address community-based forest stewardship, watershed health and restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreation issues in proactive ways by completing innovative on-the-ground conservation work in partnership with other community groups and individuals. The NFF Matching Awards Program focuses on “action-oriented” projects that serve to demonstrate and evaluate measurable outcomes. In addition, each partner must meet the non-federal cash match on at least a 1:1 basis.


National Forest Foundation Wilderness Stewardship Challenge

Geographic Scope: Nationwide
Projects Supported: conservation projects that benefit Wilderness Areas in the National Forest


Nature of Learning Grants Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: This grant is offered for community-based environmental education initiatives set in National Wildlife Refuges that are to be used as outdoor classrooms. Its purpose is to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues, support site-specific environmental education, use on-site programs to focus on refuge issues, emphasize species of importance, and other goals that promote education and stewardship along the lines of the Nature of Learning framework


New Belgium Brewing

Geographic Focus: The states to receive funding in 2009 are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
Program Focus: Environmental Stewardship:

  1. Water Stewardship

  2. Sensible Transportation & Bike Advocacy

  3. Sustainable agriculture

  4. Youth environmental education

November 1, 2009 is the deadline. They accept one grant request per calendar year. Small grants range from $500-$5,000. They offer funding in both program support and general operating needs.


New Land Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The Foundation seeks to fund programs in the following areas:

  • Civil rights/justice;

  • Environment (other than hazardous waste);

  • Population control;

  • Peace/arms control; and

  • Leadership development (as it relates to the first four areas).

Typically, no grants are given for capital campaigns, publications, films, endowment campaigns, building campaigns or conferences.


Nickelodeon's Big Green Grants Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Nickelodeon's Big Green Grants Program provides support to schools and community-based organizations throughout the U.S. for environmentally friendly projects. Green Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 encourage projects that inspire kids to take care of the environment, be active and live healthier, and engage in community service.

Applicants must participate in Worldwide Day of Play (September 26, 2009) or host a Big Green Help environmental project. Public and private elementary and middle schools as well as nonprofit community-based after-school organizations are eligible to apply. Applications from urban and rural/suburban areas as well as small and large community-based organizations serving all ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Requests must be submitted by December 31, 2009.


Norcross Wildlife Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides support to local grassroots organizations throughout the United States that work to protect wild land. Priority is given to organizations that have difficulty raising the modest funds they need to do their critical work in the trenches of environmental conservation.

  • They fund computer and office equipment, specialized software, newsletters, special reports, brochures, video/DVDs, and other educational materials, etc.

The Foundation also provides no-interest loans to local organizations to help them acquire land they have prioritized for conservation. Applications for both grants and loans may be submitted at any time.


Norman Foundation: Environmental Justice Grants

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The Norman Foundation supports efforts throughout the United States that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental, and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. The Foundation's Environmental Justice grants provide funding to nonprofit organizations that work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice. Programs that can serve as a model for other organizations and communities are encouraged.

The upcoming deadline for Environmental Justice grants is December 1, 2009 for LOIs.


Odell Brewing CO

Geographic Focus: Colorado, U.S.
Program Focus: The environment, education

They consider submissions quarterly in mid-March, June, September and December for large grants, or monthly for small grants. They offer Gift-in-kind Donations and the Charity of the Month program as well.


Patagonia Environmental Grant Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide, primarily where the company does business
Program Focus:

  • Alternative Energy

  • Biodiversity

  • Forests

  • Resource Extraction

  • Social Activism

  • Sustainable Agriculture

  • Toxics/Nuclear

  • Water/Marine


Pay It Forward Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Pay It Forward Mini-Grants are designed to fund one-time-only service-oriented projects identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Projects must contain a "pay it forward" focus - that is, they must be based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with the results growing exponentially - to be considered in the grant making process. We do not give General Education Grants for the improvement of your school, the purchase of materials, etc.

All applications received by September 15th will be considered for first semester funding on or about October 1st of each school year. Those received by February 15th will be considered for our second semester, March 1st funding.

Mini-Grants of up to $500 are available for projects on a one-time-only basis.


Project Aware Foundation Grant Program

Geographic Focus: International
Program Focus: Project AWARE Foundation provides grants to a variety of nonprofit organizations, institutions and individuals involved in activities directly related to the conservation of underwater environments - both marine and freshwater. Grant program funding is made possible by direct contributions from divers and water enthusiasts and operates on a quarterly funding cycle.

Funding requests will be accepted up to a maximum of US $10,000. The average grant awarded ranges between US $500 and $3000.

Requests are reviewed quarterly; the next application deadline is March 15.


Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest. Entries must be from a team of two or more persons, a young person and an older person. The creative work should express the "Sense of Wonder" that your team feels for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.

Entries are due June 16.


RBC Blue Water Project Grant Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide and international
Program Focus: 

  • Leadership Grants: Ranging from $25,000 to $500,000, these grants focus on watershed protection and/or access to safe drinking water and are available to local, regional, national or trans-border organizations for projects in any of the countries in which RBC is located, including Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and the UK.

  • Community Action Grants: These grants are focused on watershed protection and are available to local or community organizations in Canada, United States or the Caribbean.


Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation: National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The mission of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is to implement a national outreach strategy that will increase participation in recreational angling and boating. The Foundation's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering grants to youth-focused boating, fishing, and conservation organizations for aquatic education programs with the potential for national scope that introduce children and their families to boating and fishing. Priority is given to programs that target minorities and underserved communities.

The application deadline is January 4, 2010.



Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Funding for projects or programs that focus on protecting outdoor places for recreation or helping increase participation in outdoor activities--especially among youth.

Proposals must be submitted.




Summit Foundation

Geographic Focus: Summit County and the towns of Alma, Buena Vista, Fairplay, Kremmling, and Leadville
Project Focus: The Summit Foundation announces its grant cycle each year in January and July. Notices are provided by local newspapers and radio stations. Once the specific deadline is established, agencies must request a copy of the current grant application and guidelines. Applications are generally available at least eight weeks prior to the grant under Grant Applications on the website.The Foundation funds specific projects, which have measurable results

Nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(a)(i.V.I.) The Foundation funds specific projects and programs which have measurable results. Organizations requesting funding support will only be considered for funding once in a calendar year. Requests for programs or projects already completed are not eligible for funding. Funded projects work to enhance the quality of life in Summit County and Neighboring Communities. 


Surdna Foundation Environment Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: The Surdna Foundation focuses funding towards organizations working to:

  • Build support for programs to stabilize climate change at the local, state and national level.

  • Improve transportation systems and patterns of land use across metropolitan areas, working landscapes, and intact ecosystems.

  • Safeguard the biological diversity and productivity of U.S. domestic oceans.

Generally, Surdna does not support: programs addressing toxics, hazardous waste, environmental education, sustainable agriculture, or food production and distribution; individuals; academic research.


The American Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide, with special regard to New York State
Project Focus: The Foundation provides grants to be used as start-up funds or seed money to support research on fish, wildlife, and other natural resources, as well as to fund conservation and related education projects.


The Conservation Fund Kodak American Greenway Awards Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: mapping, ecological assessments, surveying, conferences, and design activities; developing brochures, interpretative displays, audio-visual productions or public opinion surveys; hiring consultants, incorporating land trusts, building a foot bridge, planning a bike path, or other creative projects. In general, grants can be used for all appropriate expenses needed to complete, expand or improve a greenway project including planning, technical assistance, legal and other costs. Grants May Not be used for academic research, general institutional support, lobbying, or political activities.


The Edmund T. and Eleanor Quick Foundation

Geographic Scope: Colorado
Programs of Interest: education, public recreation, conservation


The Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation

Geographic Scope: Colorado, Primarily Pikes Peak Area
Programs Supported: general support, building funds, equipment, challenge grants, collaborations & coalitions, technical assistance, capacity building, property acquisition


Threshold Foundation

Geographic Focus: Worldwide
Program Focus: The Sustainable Planet Committee supports efforts to transform both human culture and technology so that we may live within the physical limits of the local and global ecosystems. This committee will be accepting LOIs from organizations working in the following three focus areas:

  1. Climate Change: supports efforts to catalyze cultural and political action that will wake up the United States and the entire world in time to address the catastrophic threat posed by climate change.

  2. Community-based Solutions: supports organizations employing practical, grassroots solutions to building a sustainable world.

  3. Ecological Hotspots: supports communities that, through their cultural integrity, steward the natural environment for future generations.

Submit LOI by September 25, 2009. To review the guidelines, click here.


Tiffany & Co. Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide, with an emphasis on New York city
Project Focus: Support is provided in the following areas:
Responsible Mining: The Foundation supports capacity building to promote responsible mining.

  • Coral Reef Conservation: The Foundation supports research as well as community-led work promoting the conservation of coral reefs.

  • Land Protection: The Foundation supports the implementation of comprehensive land conservation strategies. Support focuses on communities in which Tiffany & Co. operates.


Tom's of Maine

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: We are looking for applications for community involvement projects from501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. A review panel will narrow down our applications to 50 finalists. Then we’ll post them on our site so you can help us by voting for which 5 projects should be awarded funding.
Selection will be based on the following judging criteria:

  1. Achievability (30%): Is the project something that can be completed and measured within 6 months?

  2. Positive impact (35%): How will the program make a positive impact in the community? What enduring change will come from the project?

  3. Community Involvement (35%): How does the project engage and involve members of the general community in which the organization operates?


Tourism Cares for Tomorrow

Geographic Focus: Nationwide & International
Project Focus: 

  • capital ("brick-and-mortar") improvements that serve to protect, restore, or conserve sites of exceptional cultural, historic, or natural significance, or

  • the education of local host communities and the traveling public about conservation and preservation of sites of exceptional cultural, historical, or natural significance.


Town Creek Foundation

Geographic Focus: Nationwide, with an emphasis on Maryland and the Eastern Shore
Project Focus: The Town Creek Foundation's National portfolio has had two primary foci in recent years:

  • Programs and organizations that strengthen the environmental movement generally, and

  • Programs and organizations that are working to reduce the pressure on forests from the paper products industry.


Trout Unlimited, Embrace-A-Stream (EAS)

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The goal of EAS is to conserve coldwater fisheries through innovative grassroots conservation projects. Successful projects are based on sound science, benefit the resource, strengthen the local TU chapter and council, and help build the constituency for protecting trout and salmon.


Walmart Foundation State Giving Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: Environmental Sustainability grants support programs that are designed to help people become more sustainable as well as programs that enhance the environment. The program provides grants of $25,000 and up.

Applications may be submitted between February 1 and August 20.


Walton Family Foundation

Geographic Focus: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
Environment Program Focus: The focus is on creating cleaner, healthier rivers and oceans; ensuring access to an abundant supply of clean water and healthy seafood; and supporting the millions of people in America and around the world whose lives and livelihoods depend on fishing.
Applicable category: Ensuring Efficient and Rapid Restoration of Mississippi and Colorado Rivers, River Basins and Delta Wetlands


Waste Management Charitable Giving

Geographic Scope: Nationwide, primarily where there are company operations
Funding Areas of Interest: preserve or enhance natural resources, promote environmental education, and community development


WateReuse Foundation Unsolicited Research Program

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: The Unsolicited Research Program awards funding to researchers who propose projects designed to meet the future needs of the water reuse and desalination community.

Preproposals are due by March 8.


Western Colorado Community Foundation

Geographic Scope: Colorado, primarily Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Rio Blanco, and Ouray counties
Projects Supported: education, environment, and general community


Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Program Focus: With generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Wildlife Conservation Society continues its highly successful Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund grants program. This program makes funding available to nonprofit conservation organizations, state wildlife agencies, and tribal governments working to implement high priority wildlife conservation activities.

Deadline for proposal submissions is March 26, 2010.


William C. Kenney Watershed Protection Foundation

Geographic Focus: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Program Focus:

  • Leadership Grants: The bulk of our grantmaking funds are allocated by a small Advisory Committee made up of experts and activists deeply engaged with grassroots river protection groups in the West. Every three years, the Foundation will convene a group of Advisors to nominate and determine potential grantees for that cycle.

  • Discretionary Grants: a. Provide a real opportunity to change western water policy on a local, state or national level; or b. Defend environmental laws critical for the protection of all western rivers; or c. Focus on a specific strategy for protection of a biologically important western watershed.

  • Policy Grants: small grants to encourage policy research and analysis of issues that affect western water. Research topics might include alternatives for managing water demand, mechanisms for transferring water to environmental and recreational use, commentary on federal and state actions that affect water policy. Grants may be used for arranging meetings. Preference will be given to projects that will be disseminated in a manner that reach advocates for the West's rivers.


William H. and Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation

Geographic Focus: Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico
Areas of Interest: environmental conservation, population issues, education
Projects Supported: project & general support, equipment, land/property acquisition, project planning, training events, endowment, challenge/matching grants


Wolcott Family Foundation

Geographic Focus: Colorado
Project Focus: 

  • empower individuals and communities to organize for social change;

  • seek to strengthen civil liberties and civil rights issues (e.g. equal opportunity, equal justice and racism, equal protection and due process, disabilities, and reproductive rights);

  • build community development that seeks to break the cycle of poverty, create economic opportunity, and build effective leadership in distressed communities (e.g. access to quality employment, leadership development, and community participation); and,

  • demonstrate linkages and interdependence of ecosystems and economics with win-win solutions and collaborative approaches.

Requests will be considered for either general support or specific project support.


YSI Foundation "Minding the Planet" Grant

Geographic Focus: Nationwide
Project Focus: Their 2010 grant will go to an organization that focuses on improving its local water quality while having a specific mission to positively affect regional or statewide water resource policy and decision making. This grant is designed to help an organization that acts on a local level in order to support the efforts of one or more other regional or state stakeholders.

One grant will be awarded for $25,000 to the selected organization. Applications are due by Friday, March 19.