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Grants for Energy and Environment

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 21:10 PM

Below we have gathered three grants that focus on energy and environmental causes.

  Insider Tip: Check local utility companies for specific state and local energy grants  

Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation has an environment grant program that is twofold. The climate an9669084653_5b5d01b333_m.jpgd energy grant program, which is available globally, includes a focus on clean transportation. The foundation also offers a western conservation grant program focusing on land, water, and energy in the western United States and Canada. In both programs, the vast majority of grants are made to organizations that work with police developments. The Hewlitt Foundation provides general operating support in addition to project support. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry followed by a full proposal if the letter is accepted. In July, Trout Unlimited was awarded $4 million for the Western Water Project and Land Conservation Initiative. Letters of intent are accepted year-round.


Patagonia is interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of environmental problems and commit to long-term change. Priority is given to organizations that have strong citizen support. The aim is to give support to local groups protecting local habitats through original actions. It is through those local efforts that Patagonia hopes to illuminate and solve more complicated issues. This foundation likes to “fund groups off the beaten path.” Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Grant amounts normally range from $5,000-$20,000. Grants are accepted twice yearly: April 30 and Aug. 31.


This United States Department of Agriculture grant program is called the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funding provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants are agricultural producers and small businesses in certain rural areas. Funds may be used for renewable energy systems or the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements. Renewable energy system grants range from $2,500-$500,000 and energy efficiency grants can be $1,500-$250,000. Applications are accepted year-round.


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Environment, Energy, and Green Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 22:07 PM

9008930211_abe410ef85_q.jpgIn this blog we’re sharing three grants that will help fund projects and programs related to the environment and energy.

Partners for Places

Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Fundable projects will help build a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of community members. This grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation focuses on environmental projects through U.S. schools and youth organizations. Grants from this foundation are intended to:

  • provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth.
  • serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools.
  • inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

Fundable programs must be project-based and must be performed by youth. U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million are eligible to apply. Grants awarded are between $500-$2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. There are two deadlines annually: Sept. 30 and Jan. 31.

Rural Energy for America Program

This United States Department of Agriculture program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. State, local, and tribal governments, land-grant colleges or universities, rural electric cooperatives, and Resource Conservation and Development Councils are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments. The maximum grant award is $100,000 per year. Applications are accepted year round at local USDA offices.

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Three Ways to Justify Grants for Parks

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 21:04 PM

As the weather turns warmer for many people across the country, thoughts are turning 14269749191_619bf621f5_q.jpgto updating and maintaining outside areas like community parks. A wide variety of secific grants are available for parks maintenance and creation. There are also several different ways to justify grants for park needs. Below we outline three different categories of grants that can be used to help update, maintain, or create your community park.

  1. Apply for Grants for Community Betterment

Corning Foundation

A community and its well-being are among the priorities of the Corning Foundation grant program. Revitalized, safe, and updated parks can be a large boon to a community. They can bring in new families thus creating new tax dollars and they can also be a gathering place for events. Past Corning Foundation grants have been made to non-profit organizations, youth organizations, and community groups. The Foundation makes grants totaling more than $5 million in giving annually. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Insider Tip: The Corning Foundation values organizations working together, so any application featuring partners working together on a project will be favored.


     2. Look for Funding for Environmental Concerns

Keep America Beautiful Grant

This private environment-focused foundation provides community impact grants to organizations across the country. This year’s grant program focuses on increasing access to recycling in parks and green spaces. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Recycling Infrastructure Grants program will provide grants in the form of recycling containers that communities can use to establish or expand recycling in park settings such as neighborhood and urban parks, athletic fields, nature trails and public beaches. In addition to offering recycling bins, the grant program will also make additional funds available to grant recipients who commit to conducting a set of litter indexes in conjunction with the grant. Deadline for application is June 10.

     3. Use a Playground to Help Curb Childhood Obesity

Children’s Obesity Fund

Community playgrounds are a wonderful way to keep kids active, and active kids are healthy kids. So when you are looking for playground grants, keep an eye out for funding organizations that aim to curb childhood obesity. One example is the Children’s Obesity Fund, which hopes to improve children’s health one grant at a time. Any non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Typical grant amounts vary depending on the project scope, and grant applications are accepted at any time. This organization normally funds non-profit organizations yet they state on their website that any organization working toward children’s health may be funded. is a full service grant company that can help from the beginning to the end of a grant process. See a full list of our services. As always, you can always schedule a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers to get you started.


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Environmental Grants for Schools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 @ 17:08 PM

Reading, writing, and 'rithmetic. That old educational motto has environment3been amended in modern times with STEM, STEAM, Common Core, and more. Schools are teaching a wide variety of subjects these days, one of which is environmental issues. Environment-related topics could range across recycling, climate change, sustainability, and many others. Below are a few grants that could assist your school in funding these environmental programs.

Captain Planet Foundation

U.S. schools are eligible to apply for these grants that range between $500 and $2,500. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30. Fundable projects must be performed by youth and have real environmental outcomes. The foundation awards grants in hopes that the money will be used to provide hands-on environmental opportunities for youth, serve as a catalyst to get environmental-based education in school, and inspire community service through environmental stewardship activities. Preferential consideration is given to requesters who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. If the Sept. 30 deadline is coming too quickly, the foundation has a second deadline of Jan. 31.

Hot Planet Cool Athletes

Grant money from this organization wants to ensure the next generation is educated about climate change and its ramifications for the future. Fundable projects must be student led and must take action against climate change. Examples of projects funded last year include a school-wide compost system, building stationary bikes to power electronic devices in a school, creating a new school recycling program, and creating a grassroots community-wide effort to ban plastic bags. This fund has two deadlines: Aug. 31 and Jan. 15. One grant of $5,000 is available during each proposal period. In addition to winning funding, at the end of the year a representative from the top two winning proposals will be selected to travel to Washington D.C. to share the projects with Congressmen and other elected officials.

Green Thumb Challenge Grant

What better way to impact the environment than to update your school garden? The Green Thumb Challenge Grant program will help you do just that. The Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company is providing a funding opportunity to help established school gardens. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of youth garden programs in United States K-12 schools. Grants of $250 will be awarded, and applications are due Sept. 30.

Alternative Fuel Foundation

Any public or private K-12 school or associated parent group is eligible to apply for funding from the Alternative Fuel Foundation grant program. Preference is given to programs that promote the awareness and use of alternative fuels or promote the concept of sustainability. Projects that are student led but have parental involvement and/or community support are encouraged. Typical grants range from $250 to $500, though larger grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for this grant is ongoing.

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Grants to Fund Summer Youth Programs

Posted by Mary Ross on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support SummerProgram resized 600organizations that can make this happen.  Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.


State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants 

State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas.  Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look.  Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.


The American Honda Foundation

Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.    


The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant.  The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st.  MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year.  "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past.  Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.


The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow.  With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources.  In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.


Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  


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Grants for Environmental Projects

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 @ 15:01 PM

In 2010, the City Council of Asheville, North Carolina adopted a goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 20% over five years. They adopted a broad range of ienvironment2nitiatives with the largest project replacing all 9,000 of the city’s street lights with energy efficient LED fixtures. Of the 17 environmental projects totaling over $10 million in project costs, over half were funded through grants. . For example, the community used funding from The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program from the U.S. Department Energy for phase one of the street light project. The grants totaled over $4 million, 42% of the city’s total costs In the end, the community is expecting to save over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide just by changing the street lights. Additionally, the environmental projects will also save the city millions of dollars in energy reduction.  

Asheville is just one example of a community focusing on energy savings and protecting the environment. If your municipality or non-profit organization is hoping to do the same, check out these grants below. 

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Protection Agency offers this grant program for local environmental and public health issues in a community. The deadline for this fiscal year is January 9 so it may be prudent to begin planning for next year. The main goal of the program is to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental risks, especially issues involved in climate change. Underrepresented communities, small and/or impoverished, are favored in this program. Maximum grant award is $30,000.  

Wells Fargo Foundation

This bank foundation has two environmental grant programs. One program, Environmental Solutions for Communities, puts the focus on environmental concerns in communities. This program includes sustainable agriculture, forestry, water quality, land conservation, and support for building health ecosystems.  Municipalities as well as non-profit organizations and public school systems are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted from September through December each year. The second program, Clean Technology and Innovation, hopes to partner with universities, colleges, labs, and entrepreneur accelerator programs to develop new clean and innovative green technologies. This is an invitation-only program, though you can send an email to be considered for a formal invitation if you have a worthy topic in mind. Both programs favor projects that can involve Wells Fargo employee volunteers, as well as projects that deliver long-term, measurable results.  

Patagonia Foundation

The Patagonia Foundation wants to support local environmental groups taking on a local issue. Eligible entities must be able to produce measureable results with specific goals, objectives, and action plans. Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply. One priority area for this foundation is protecting and restoring native fish populations and their habitat. Other environmental projects, such as protecting wildlife, restoring watersheds, defending forests, and more, are also funded. Applications are accepted twice a year, before April 30 and Aug. 31. The maximum grant award is $12,000.  

Energy Foundation

The Energy Foundation supports six different grant programs. The Buildings Program aims to increase the efficiency of homes and businesses to reduce carbon emissions and utility bills. The Climate Program funds projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Organizations wanting to help move toward cleaner, more affordable source of energy should apply to the Power Program.  The Public Engagement Program seeks to build support for clean energy and strong climate policies. Projects focused on transportation efficiency and clean fuels can be funded through the Transportation Program. The final program, Energy Foundation China, is available only to Chinese organizations. Projects must be larger than a local community, so it is recommended that neighboring communities or several entities partner together. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The Foundation strongly encourages first-time grant seekers to send in a Letter of Inquiry before submitting a full application. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Grants awarded in 2014 ranged from $10,000 to $3 million.


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October is National Energy Awareness Month - Find an Energy Grant!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

(written by Carol Timms, Educational Grant Strategist)

Energy Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month. Did you know that there are energy incentives available for nearly every sector of our economy? The IRS allows deductions and tax credits for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many states have deregulated their investor-owned utilities and require utilities to provide rebates for energy improvements. Check with your local utility company to learn how you might benefit.

There are also grants available from governmental entities and private foundations for energy research, energy improvements, and energy education. Schools will find that energy education is an excellent fit in STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.

For example, this month, Energize Connecticut will present Global Energy - The Musical. This
entertaining musical is based on writings and songs of students from Connecticut, the Kingdom of Jordan, and Rwanda. Students were asked to submit their views on the complex scientific issues surrounding energy and conservation. Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.

Utilities such as Dominion Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company offer energy education grants to schools in their service territories.

Other organizations, including the Department of Energy, offer free classroom and interactive materials. 

If you are interested in identifying funding opportunities for energy improvements and/or energy education curriculum, contact us, and we will be glad to help.


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Let’s Play - Grants for Community Recreation and Outdoor Spaces

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 @ 13:03 PM

As the winter weather continues to take its toll on the nation, thoughts of green grass and outside recreational activities can help ease those winter blues. There are several opportunities for entities such as municipalities, counties, and non-profit organizations to apply for grants to help fund facilities, parks, and other recreational opportunities. In this blog post we will review some of these grant opportunities. There are thousands more. As always, we are here to help you get those grant dollars.  So if you have any questions about how to apply, feel free to contact us anytime. And remember, the initial consultation is ALWAYS FREE.


United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facility Grants

This grant program assists in the development of essential community facilities, primarily in rural communities with a population under 20,000. Funds from this program can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. Funds can also provide for the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation. Public entities such as municipalities, counties, non-profit corporations, and tribal governments are eligible to apply.

National Park Service Land & Water Conservation Fund

States and local governments are eligible to apply for matching grants to fund public outdoor recreation and areas and facilities. O’Fallon, Illinois used a $750,000 LWCF grant to acquire land for a variety of playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football, and more.

Let’s Play Initiative

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has made a three-year, $15 million commitment, as part of KaBOOM!’s Let’s Play Initiative, to help construct and improve playground areas. Municipalities and non-profit organizations with a playground or outdoor recreational space that is currently unsafe for children can apply for construction grants. Hurry, that deadline is April 2013. The Initiative also offers Let’s Play Completion Grants, which can be used toward the completion or improvement of an existing playground. This grant program has an ongoing deadline. In addition, there are also opportunities for communities to partner with school districts to apply for Joint Use Grants to open school recreation facilities to the public during non-school hours.

2013 Midwest Garden Grant

The National Gardening Association has sponsored this grant for four years, aiming to support community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Priority is given to programs that have these components: educational focus or curricular/program, integration to reinforce academics, life skills, instruction, (e.g. nutrition, growing one’s own food, learning to be responsible) developing environmental stewardship, and encouraging students to make positive choices for themselves and the planet. As the title implies, grants are available to states in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Applications are due April 26, 2013.

Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants

May 2013 will be the next opportunity for charities and state or local agencies to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants. The focus of this program is to facilitate and encourage the design, development, construction, and operation of new skatepark facilities, primarily located in low-income communities in the United States.


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Environmental Grants Support "Being Green"

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

As Kermit the Frog would say, it’s not easy being green. It’s not cheap either. Being environmentally friendly and educating others on how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle can be costly in the short run, but there are numerous environmental grant programs with millions of dollars to help offset such costs. Some grants focus on education, while others focus on environmental clean-up, etc. Here are just a few environmental grants that are currently available. If you would like help finding more grant opportunities that meet your organization’s unique needs, we can do that. Check out our list of services.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education Regional Grants

According to the EPA, this grant program will “support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens … for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques … and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.”

Ten grants of up to $216,000 will be awarded, one per EPA region, for a total of approximately $2,160,000 in funding. Local educational agencies, colleges, universities, state education or environmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for this grant 

For more detailed information, see the EPA’s full solicitation notice.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2012


Green Grants

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program

The EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports projects that emphasize the agency’s priorities: reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste disposal sites; protecting America’s water; expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice; and building strong state and tribal partnerships.

In order to be eligible, an organization must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Incorporated, nonprofit, community-based organization (includes faith-based or religiously affiliated institutions)

  • Federally recognized tribal governments

  • Tribal organizations

Organizations that are typically eligible for nonprofit grants (e.g., colleges, universities, hospitals, state and local government entities) are not eligible to apply for this grant. However, the EPA strongly encourages eligible parties to partner with these non-eligible organizations.

The EPA predicts that between one to five grants will be awarded per region. Grants are awarded in amounts of up to $30,000, and a total of approximately $1,500,000 will be awarded through this grant. The EJSG Program is highly competitive. According to the EPA’s press release, only 50 out of 200 applications were funded in the 2012 competition.

For more information, see the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program website.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013


More Environmental Education Grants

Across the United States, there are countless electric and energy companies that supply consumers with energy sources. Another place to look for energy education or other energy-related grants is with your local energy company. For example, if you live in Illinois, Ameren Illinois is one electric company that offers grants. Ameren Missouri customers are eligible for Ameren Missouri grants. Doing some research in your local energy companies could be well worth the time investment. If you do not have the time, or you would like us to find these opportunities for you, contact a grant helper today.


We have the expertise and resources you need to create your strongest case for funding. Let us help you secure more grant money today. See a complete list of our services, or contact us for a free quote, customized to meet your organization’s unique needs and goals.


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