Energy & Environment Grant Opportunities
NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.
Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for energy and environmental funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for energy and environment grants, please fill out the form to the right.
Illinois Department of Natural Resouces Coastal Management Program is now accepting applications for grants from $1000 to $5000 and from $20,000 to $100,000 for environmental education and sustainable coastal planning projects in Lake and Cook Counties in Illinois.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity Field Trip Grants: This grant program that accepts applications statewide.
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.
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
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.