Private Funding Opportunities

Contact Information
c/o Common Counsel Foundation
405 Fourteenth Street, Suite 809
Oakland, California 94612
Phone: 510-834-2995
Fax: 510-834-2998

Phone: 510-834-2995
Fax: 510-834-2998
Deadlines Open letter of inquiry process.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Eligible applicants must have 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status or a fiscal sponsor who does.

The Acorn Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to advancing community-based organizations working for environmental conservation, sustainability and environmental justice.

To be eligible for support from the Acorn Foundation, organizations must meet all or most of the following criteria:
  • Is your organization based in and working in a low and moderate-income community?
  • Is your organization engaged in community, neighborhood, and/or workplace organizing?
  • Does your organization have limited access to corporate, government, or mainstream sources of funding?
  • Does your organization have an annual budget under $400,000?
Colorado Projects:
San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, $7,000
A renewal grant to protect and restore the biological diversity and natural resources in the Upper Rio Grande bio-region while balancing ecological values and human needs.

Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, $10,000
A renewal grant to protect and restore the environment and quality of life in Delta County and Colorado's Western Slope, and to address the environmental and social impacts of coal development.
Contact Information

330 Madison Avenue, Suite 30
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-687-6975
Fax: 212-687-6978

Contact: Steve Kelban, Executive Director or
Deadlines No deadline. Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry at least 3 months prior to the intended Board meeting.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations
The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) seeks to respect traditional philanthropic values while exploring new perspectives and innovative models for giving.

The AFF explores the power of the transition model as it applies broadly to the area of social change. Transition is fundamentally different from change. Where change is external and situational, transition is the internal process of how one responds to the change. AFF believes that change efforts will have a better chance for success if framed with transition processes in mind.
Contact Information
BoatUS Headquarters
880 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
800-245-BOAT (2628)

Phone: 800-245-2628 x8354.
Deadlines The 2013 application cycle is closed. Sign up for their newsletter to be notified of when they open again.
Comments Eligibility Requirement: organization must be non-profit.

Mission: The BoatUS Foundation awards nonprofit organizations up to $10,000 for the promotion of safe and clean boating education. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has awarded over a million dollars to local community organizations, yacht clubs, flotillas and squadrons. The Foundation is looking for creative and innovative projects that promote safe and clean boating on your local waterway. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris.
Contact Information
Boeing Charitable Contributions - Local Grantmaking

100 North Riverside
MC 5002-8450
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 719-638-5000

Primary Contact: DeForest Hamilton
Deadlines LOI Period: February 15 - April 1
Application Deadline: July 1 (if invited)

Application Process: All applications must be submitted electronically. To begin the application process, visit the Boeing website and submit a Letter of Inquiry.

Inquiries and correspondence should occur with the applicant's regional or state Boeing office. For individual office addresses and phone numbers check the website.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Organizations must be an IRS 501 (c)(3) qualified charitable or educational organization, or an accredited K-12 educational institution.

Mission: Boeing is committed to improving the quality of life in communities where their employees live and work through community investments.
Contact Information
262 E.. Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970.221-2636

Primary Contact: Tana Atwood and Kim Herman, Grant Administrators
Deadlines Deadlines: Applications are due in February of each year for the Pharos Fund.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Purpose: The Bohemian Foundation is dedicated to the care and improvement of our local community, and the broader global community. The Pharos Fund seeks projects which enhance community involvement and the Community Event Fund sponsors local nonprofit community events.

Recent Grantee: Community Resource Center, Denver, CO

Purpose: The resource center helps community groups and non-profits to improve their skills and the successfulness of their organizations through training. The organization assists non-profits in the areas of technical assistance, fundraising, organizational development and grant writing. The resource center also seeks to help citizen networks and community-based groups to unite in an attempt to foster social change and to influence public policy.
Contact Information
535 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 615-937-1415
Fax: 615-937-1414
Deadlines Visit the local company headquarters any time throughout the year.

Interested applicants should submit a letter directly to the nearest Bridgestone Firestone facility with a trust fund allocation.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and schools, and government agencies

Purpose: Founded in 1952, the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund proudly supports a wide variety of important charities in the United States, particularly in those markets it calls home. While contributions are made to nearly a hundred organizations each year, the Trust Fund focuses on organizations with missions supporting: 1) education, 2) environment and conservation, 3) childrens programs. Including national and local charities, the Trust Fund has donated more than $20 Million in the past 5 years.
Contact Information
1717 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-467-5788
Deadlines Does not accept unsolicited proposals, but their website is intended to inspire new ideas and help organizations who are seeking financial or other support.
Comments The Case Foundation invests its resources in specific projects and initiatives that compliment their approach to philanthropy
Contact Information
Colorado Tree Coalition
P.O. Box 270968
Fort Collins, CO 80527-0968

Contact: Keith Wood, Colorado State Forest Service- Denver
Phone: 303-438-9338
Deadlines Information can be found on the website.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Non-profits. If an organization is awarded a grant one year, they must wait one year before applying again. Also, applications from communities serving populations of less than 10,000 people will receive 5 extra points during the grant evaluation process.

Mission: The CTC grant program is made possible by the support and funding of the USDA Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service through the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Act, providing for urban forestry education, technical assistance, and research.

The application is electronic. All applications are emailed to Keith Wood. The maximum grant amount is $2,000.
Contact Information
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-442-0436
Fax: 303-442-1221

Primary Contact:

Additional Contact Information:
Toll-free number: 877-744-7239
Deadlines Various grant applications deadlines. See website for more information. The Community Trust application deadline is in November.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Non-profits

Mission: The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County exists to improve the quality of life in Boulder County, now and forever, and to build a culture of giving. From our assets, the foundation makes grants to nonprofit groups working in the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, and health and human services.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 1275
Bend, OR 97709
Phone: 541-389-2424

Contact: John Sterling, Executive Director
Deadlines Summer Cycle:
Nominations due May 1
Proposals due June 1
Grants announced early October

Winter Cycle:
Nominations due November 1
Proposals due December 1
Grants announced early April
Comments Eligibility requirements: The Alliance makes grants to registered 501(c)(3) organizations
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, the Alliance recognizes their responsibility to help protect the wild lands and waterways on which their customers recreate and wildlife thrives.
No general operations or payroll.

** To be considered for a grant, a non-profit must first contact a business partner, listed on their website and be nominated. The nomination has a due date, as well as the proposals.
Contact Information
343 Second Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: 650-948-7658
Email: or

Contact for Conservation and Science Program: Walt Reid, Director
Deadlines Unsolicited proposals are not accepted for the subprogram of Western Conservation at this time.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, primarily from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. Does not provide funding for projects that benefit specific individuals or that serve religious purposes.

Western Conservation Program Goal: The Western Conservation subprogram was created with the goal of protecting and restoring biologically important and iconic regions of Western North America in ways which help create sustainable communities and build broader and more effective conservation constituencies. One of the three priority areas includes the Colorado Plateau, to protect priority river systems, terrestrial habitat, and culturally significant landscapes on the Colorado Plateau.
Contact Information
650 Fifth Avenue
19th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-974-7000
Fax: 212-974-7590

Primary Contact: Andrew Bowman, Program Director for the Environment.
Deadlines Although unsolicited proposals are not being considered at this time, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Environment Program’s initiatives can be submitted through a two-page letter of inquiry.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Purpose: The mission of the Environment Program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments. The Environment Program awards grants in 4 areas:
  • Land Conservation in an Era of Climate Change
  • Wildlife and Energy Development
  • Strengthening the Conservation Field
  • Environmental Stewardship in the Tri-State Area
Contact Information Rick Flory
P.O. Box 11217
Jackson, WY 83002
Deadlines Please contact Rick Flory to find out more information on grant funding and deadlines.
Comments Eligibility: Conservation & Wildlife Protection Groups

About:  Earth Friends recognizes the need for partnership among business, wildlife interests, and of those who will inherit the quality of life we create on this earth. They support the efforts of scientists, socially responsible businesses, and communities working to create a sustainable future. Significant grant funding goes to National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges.
Contact Information EcoStar Grants
Deadlines EcoStar Grants due March 10 awarded May 22.
Community Grants & Sponsorships May 1 awarded June 10 and Sept 1 awarded Oct 15 Energy to Educate due Sept 15 awarded Nov 19.
Comments Grants up to $5,000 for 501(c)3 non-profits. Five grant focus areas- Pollution Prevention, Education, Energy Effiency, Conservation, Community Activism.
Contact Information 1001 North Fairfax St. Suite 501
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-519-9691
Fax: 703-519-1872
Deadlines The 2013 Request For Proposal has not yet been published
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations and government agencies

These grants support freshwater fisheries habitat restoration, and family fishing waters improvement projects.
Contact Information

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Grants Administrator
One North Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Send proposals via mail to:
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Grants Administrator
One North Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • Social Investment Fund applications are due August 30.
  • Mini-Grants for Education applications are due October 30.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Fund applications are due March 15.
  • Community Investment Fund applications for the Climax, CO area are due December 15.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Any nonprofit, civic, health, social welfare, educational, cultural, environmental or other community organization that provides a public service is eligible. Funding may be restricted to the communities Freeport-McMoran Cooper & Gold serve.

Mission: The purpose of the Freeport-McMoRan Charitable Giving Program is to improve the quality of life in the areas where company employees live and work in the United States and internationally.

3575 Cherry Creek North Drive
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80209

Phone: 303-722-1881
Fax: 303-316-3038

Tom Kaesemeyer, Executive Director
  • January 15 (Trustee review in early-April)
  • April 1 (Trustee review in mid-June)
  • July 1 (Trustee review in mid-September)
  • October 1 (Trustee review in mid-December)
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

The Gates Family Foundation makes philanthropic investments statewide that contribute to the quality of life in Colorado, create opportunities for youth, and support stewardship of this extraordinary place, particularly the state’s natural inheritance. Funding areas focus on P-12 Education and Natural Resources, with a secondary emphasis on Rural Communities and Smarter, Greener, Healthier Urbanism. The Gates initiative grant funding in NOT an opportunity for ongoing operating or program support.

Contact Information
2060 Broadway
Suite 400
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-444-0206
Fax: 303-444-7968

Primary Contact: Rob Greenlee, Executive Director
Deadlines No deadline

The Greenlee Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. To be considered for a grant, you must first submit a one-page letter of inquiry.

Guidelines found online.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Mission: The Greenlee Family Foundation's mission is to encourage, preserve, and promote the well-being, education, welfare, and enlightenment of all citizens by investing in creative people and ideas.

Typically focus on smaller, grassroots organizations that are located in the Denver Metro area including Boulder and Broomfield Counties with a focus on individual self-sufficiency emphasizing on direct service programs. Funding areas include- Direct service programs, life skills traiing, leadership programs, individual development accounts, employment training, technical assistance.

Grants range from $1,000- $10,000.
Contact Information
401 Broadway, Suite 303
Tacoma, WA
98402 -3904
Phone: 253-593-2121
Fax: 253-593-2122

Contact: Kay Treakle, Executive Director
Deadlines Invitation only application process. 2014 Grant cycle not yet announced.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

We attempt to fund projects that are most likely to protect and preserve the greatest concentrations of ecologically valuable resources, and that produce clear, concrete results.  We provide a limited number of grants each year for institutional and administrative capacity building that are aimed at improving organizational effectiveness, particularly for organizations that work on key state or regional issues.

Grants up to $60,000 for Projects and General Support.
Contact Information
650 Fifth Avenue
New York City, NY 10019

Contact: Jim Murtaugh, Program Director
Phone: 212-333-2536
Fax: 212-956-3531
Deadlines None
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Mission: The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation is devoted to the conservation of nature and the amelioration of human distress. The Foundation seeks to redress the breakdown in the processes linking nature and humanity. The Foundation concerns itself particularly with matters of species extinction, habitat destruction and fragmentation, and resource depletion and resource waste. It favors solutions that directly benefit local communities and serve as exemplars for saving species and wild lands.

The Foundation is actively involved with conservation in areas of the Western US largely dependent upon extractive industries and agriculture. The Foundation encourages local initiatives addressing the problems of diminishing natural resources, technological change, and job loss. It emphasizes conservation through cooperation, persuasion, and the development of sustainable economic alternatives to resource depletion.
Contact Information
421D A.A.B.C.
Aspen, CO 81611 -3551
Telphone: 970-925-3272

Contact: Patricia A. Humphry
Phone: 970-925-3272 Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday mornings or send inquiry to
Deadlines May 1 announcement made September 15.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

The foundation looks for organizations and projects where modest support can make a significant contribution.

The Foundation supports grants for environmental protection in the western United States. In particular, the foundation is concerned with protection and preservation of the Rocky Mountain West’s remaining wild lands, rivers, and wilderness, as well as the wildlife that depends on these lands. The geographic area of interest includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

The foundation supports organizations working to improve public lands policy, protect biological diversity, and defend wildlands. The majority of successful applicants for Maki grants are small local and regional grassroots organizations working to protect public lands and rivers from threats such as mineral development, unconstrained off-road vehicle use, and poorly planned water projects.

Grants usually range from $1,000- $10,000.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 6309
Santa Fe, NM 87502 -6309

Contact: Charlotte Levinson, Executive Director

Phone: 505-995-8802
Fax: 505-995-8982
Deadlines Grants by invitation only and a letter of inquiry must be submitted before applicable. There are no deadlines.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Three funding categories:
  • Environment
  • Social
  • Jewish/ Isreal.
Grants are made to nonprofit organizations committed to developing a more just, caring, ecological and sustainable world. We seek people and organizations that combine idealism, dedication and genuine concern with rigorous analysis and strategic plans, and that foster a sense of social connection, mutual recognition and solidarity.

Colorado Projects:
Western Colorado Congress, Gasfield Community Protection Campaign.

Grants up to $30,000.
Contact Information
655 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Seiei Ono, President
Deadlines Requests for funding are accepted all year long. However, all grants are subject to approval at the annual board meeting, which is held every autumn. To be considered for approval, it is advisable to submit a request for funding no later than March of each year.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation only makes direct grants and donations to 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations.

The mission of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas is to promote environmental causes throughout the Americas in the broadest sense, which encompasses both the physical and social environments.

Mission is to promote environmental causes throughout the Americas in the broadest sense, which encompasses both the physical and social environments in which we live. Funding focus areas: Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice, Environmental Education.
Contact Information
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Branch of Habitat Restoration
Division of Fish and Wildlife Management and Habitat Restoration
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 400,
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-358-2201

Colorado Contact, Mountain- Prairie Coordinator: Heather Johnson
134 Union Blvd. Ste. 300 Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: 303-236-4316
Deadlines No application deadline. Funds are available year-round .
Comments Eligibility requirements: Any privately-owned land is potentially eligible for restoration. Most applicants are individual private landowners. For purposes of this program, "privately-owned" means land not owned by a State or the Federal Government.

Locally-based field biologists work one-on-one with private landowners and other partners to plan, implement, and monitor their projects. Partners Program field staff help landowners find other sources of funding and help them through the permitting process, as necessary.

National priority ranking factors for the Partners Program are used to assign funding priority status to proposed projects that meet these conditions:
  • Improve habitat for Federal Trust Species, including migratory birds; threatened and endangered species; inter-jurisdictional fish; marine mammals; and, other declining species.
  • Complement activities on National Wildlife Refuge System lands, or contribute to the resolution of problems on refuges that are caused by off-refuge practices.
  • Address species and habitat priorities that have been identified through Service planning teams (with our partners), or in collaboration with state fish and wildlife agencies.
  • Reduce habitat fragmentation or serve as buffers for other important Federal or state conservation lands.
  • Result in self-sustaining systems that are not dependent on artificial structures.
Contact Information
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W.,
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-857-0166
Fax: 202-857-0162

Contact: Todd Hogrefe
Phone: 612-564-7286
Deadlines Grant Funding for 2013 cycle has not been announced
Comments Eligibility requirements:  Non-profit 501(c) organizations; state, tribal and local governments; and educational institutions. 

Individuals, federal agencies, and private for-profit firms are not eligible.  Projects that involve
political advocacy, lobbying, litigation, fundraising, or legally mandated mitigation projects are not eligible to receive grant funding.

Projects must be located in Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Priority is given to projects that:
  • Restore, enhance or protect bird habitats;
  • Benefit declining, threatened or endangered species;
  • Generate measurable outcomes;
  • Provide opportunites for ConocoPhilips employee participation and volunteerism.
Additionally, priority will be given to projects focusing on northern Great Plains, shortgrass prairie, and Gulf Coast ecosystems.  High-priority species include but are not limited to:
  • Lesser prairie chicken
  • Gunnison sage-grouse
  • American oystercatcher
  • Waterfowl shorebirds
1:1 match funding is required and grants range from $20,000- $200,000.
Contact Information 1133 Fifteenth St., N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-857-0162

Contact: Teal Edelen
Deadlines Not yet announced for 2013 grant cycle.
Comments Eligibility requirements: 501(c) non-profit organizations and local, state, or federal government agencies. For-profit businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply directly to this program, but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit proposals. Organizations or projects that have received funding and have been successfully completed under this program are eligible and encouraged to re-apply.

NFWF's Native Plant Conservation Initiative is a national program that protects, enhances and restores native plant and pollinator communities on public and private lands. This program works to provide permanent conservation solutions, promote healthy ecosystems, leverage partner knowledge and dollars, and develop public outreach and education.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Projects that directly address plant conservation priorities established by one or more of the federal agency partners
  • On-the-ground work that involves local communities and citizen volunteers in restoration or protection of native plant communities
  • Inclusion of a project component focused on pollinator conservation.
The range of award amounts is typically $15,000-$65,000, with some exceptions.
Contact Information
Sarah McIntosh (All Geographies)
Coordinator, Community-Based Conservation
Deadlines February 3, 2015

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.

Approximately $2,100,000 is available nationwide for projects meeting program priorities. There is one round of full proposals annually for this program. Awards range from $20,000* to $50,000 with an average size of $30,000 and 40-50 grants awarded per year. Grants should span one to two years in length with a start date in July 2015. Applications requesting more than $30,000 should propose projects longer than one year.

Contact Information
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-857-0162

Contact: Teal Edelen
Deadlines Preproposal deadline: 05/17/2013
Invitation to submit full proposal if accepted: 6/14/2013
Full proposal deadline: 07/26/2013
Formal announcement of award recipients: 11/30/2013
Comments Eligibility requirements: Private nonprofit 501 (c) organizations; local, county and state government agencies, and field staff of federal government agencies. Individuals for-profit businesses are NOT eligible to receive PTI grants, but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to devleop and submit applications to PTI.

The Pulling Together Initiative is one of the only public-private partnerships to address invasive weeds nationally. Pulling Together Initiative grants are intended to help support the creation of local Cooperative Weed Management Area partnerships. Such partnerships bring together local landowners, citizens groups, and weed experts to develop and implement strategies for managing weed infestations on public lands, natural areas, and private working lands.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Projects that focus on a particular well-defined Weed Management Area, such as a watershed, ecosystem, landscape, or county
  • Projects supported by private landowners, state and local governments, and the regional/state offices of federal agencies
  • Projects with a Steering Committee composed of local cooperators who are committed to working together to manage invasive and noxious plants across their jurisdictional boundaries 
  • Long-term weed management plans which are based on an integrated pest management approach using the principles of ecosystem management
  • Inclusion of a public outreach and education component, as appropriate.
Contact Information
Building 27, Suite 3
Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: 406-542-2805
Fax: 406-542-2810

Director, Conservation Awards: Adam Lilijeblad
Conservation Awards Associate: Zia Maumenee
Deadlines Deadline and specific requirements depending on the grant funding applying for.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Newly forming or significantly reorganizing collaborative community-based nonprofits or unincorporated groups, Engaged in a collaborative process; Seeking to build local ecological, social and economic sustainability, Based in the community in which the collaboration is taking place and be legitimate stakeholders in the collaborative process; Working to develop solutions for sustainable management or restoration on and around National Forests and Grasslands that lead to on-the-ground work; specific issues should be related to community-based forest stewardship, recreation, watershed restoration, and/or wildlife habitat; Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or utilize a fiscal sponsor organization with that designation.

The NFF established the Community Assistance Program (CAP) in 2002 to promote the creation of locally-based organizations or groups seeking to resolve natural resource issues through a collaborative, dialogue-based process. The program will support newly forming or significantly re-organizing groups or nonprofit organizations that are in need of start-up funds for capacity building and that intend to proactively and inclusively engage local stakeholders in the community in forest management and conservation issues on and around National Forests and Grasslands.

The NFF provides a suite of grant programs supporting place-based organizations to accomplish on-the-ground conservation work and build internal capacity, in order to increase the impact and benefits to their community, environment and economy. Grant opportunities include On-the-Ground Conservation Programs and Capacity-Building Programs.

Contact Information
Building 27, Suite 3
Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: 406-542-2805
Fax: 406-542-2810

Primary Contact: Adam Liljeblad, Director, Conservation Awards
Phone: 406-830-3357
Deadlines Round 1: Jan 9 2013
Round 2: July 17, 2013
Applicants must first complete an online pre-screening questionnaire.
Comments NFF Matching Awards Program provide matching funds for direct on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands. Funds can be used to support conservation and restoration projects benefitting wildlife habitat, recreation, watershed health, and community-based forestry. By prpairing federal funds-provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service- with non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, the resources available to nonprofit partners to implement projects are effictively doubled. All awards require at least a 1:1 cash match of non-federal funds.

Eligibility Requirements: Non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around National Forests or Grasslands.
Contact Information
Building 27, Suite 3
Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: 406-542-2805
Fax: 406-542-2810

Primary Contact: Adam Liljeblad, Director, Conservation Awards
Phone: 406-830-3357
Deadlines Deadline: January 23, 2013
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around National Forests or Grasslands.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the U.S. Forest Service issued a Stewardship Challenge, calling for all Wilderness Areas in the National Forest System to meet baseline standards by 2014. The NFF, as the official nonprofit partner of the Forest Service, will increase the resources available to meet this challenge by providing matching grants of up to $35,000 to nonprofit partners to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that directly benefit Wilderness Areas within the National Forest System.

For 2013 only one type of federal grant will be available, requiring a 1:1 nonfederal cash match. No reduced-math options are available through the program at this time.
Contact Information National Forest Foundation Ski Conservation Fund
Building 27, Suite 3
Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: 406-542-2805
Fax: 406-542-2810

Primary Contact: Adam Liljeblad, Director, Conservation Awards
Phone: 406-830-3357
Deadline RFP for 2014 grant cycle not yet announced. Invitation only
Comments Through a partnership between the National Forest Foundation and the ski industry, the Ski Conservation Fund gives visitors and guests the opportunity to make small donations at participating businesses. The National Forest Foundation matches every $10 contributed with an additional $5, then invests the funds in projects on the neighboring Nation Forest. There are currently Ski Conservation Fund programs on 11 National Forests across the U.S., where projects have helped keep trails open, reduce invasive species, and rehabilitate overused recreation areas, while engaging more than 7,000 volunteers in hands on projects.

Eligibility Requirements: Non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around National Forests or Grasslands.
Contact Information
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Attn: The Nature of Learning Grants Program
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-857-0162

For information on The Nature of Learning Program contact:
Deborah Moore
For questions regarding grand applications contact:
Teal Edelen
Deadlines Deadlines for 2013 grant cycle not yet announced. (last announcement made in 2011)
Comments Eligibility requirements: Academic institutions or non-profit organizations, including "Friends" organizations, cooperative and interpretive associations, Audubon Chapters, youth organizations, community groups, etc., are eligible to apply for funding.

The Nature of Learning Grant Program provides seed grants to assist schools and non-profit organizations in efforts to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms. Specifically, this program provides two different levels of grants: 1) up to $10,000 for start-up grants to assist with new programs and 2) up to $5,000 to provide continued support for existing programs.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Using National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues
  • Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to learning that seeks to enhance student academic achievement
  • Utilizing field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real-world issues
  • Establishing partnerships among local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals and local businesses
Contact Information
New Land Foundation

1114 Avenue of the Americas, 46th Floor
New York, NY 10036-7798
Phone: 212-479-6162
Fax: 212-841-6275

Contact: Hal Harvey, President
Deadlines Submission dates are: February 1, August 1 (for consideration at next board meeting). The board meets twice a year. Applicants will only receive notification if a grant is awarded.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Organizations must have IRS 501(c)(3) status or have a similarly classified fiscal agent.

Five grant making program areas: Civil Rights/Justice; Population Control; Peace/Arms Control; Leadership Development; and Environment.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 150
Ventura, CA 93002
Deadlines Deadline: April 30 alerted end of August.
Deadline: August 31 alerted end of January.

Submit a proposal directly to a store any time throughout the year.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit environmental organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Grant funding must be used to support work that is action-oriented, builds public involvement and support, is strategic, focuses on root causes and accomplished specific goals and objectives.

Patagonia primarily small grassroots organizations working to protect local habitat. The company's philosophy is that the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river, or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues – particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection – in the public mind.

Types of funding provided include: general support; project support; seed money; project planning; capacity building; and technical assistance.

Grants range from $3,000 to $12,000.
Contact Information
Royal Bank Plaza
9th Floor, South Tower
200 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5J 2J5
Phone: 416-974-3113
Deadlines Leadership Grant: The application period for 2013 Leadership Grants is closed. The application deadline for 2014 grants will be announced in late 2013.

Community Action Grants: The application period for 2013 Community Action Grants is closed. The application deadline for 2014 grants will be announced in late 2013.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
In 2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on supporting initiatives that help protect and preserve water in towns, cities and urbanized areas with populations of more than 10,000 people that focus on:
  • Improved control and management of urban storm or rain water
  • Efficient and innovative use (or capture and reuse) of water in towns and cities
  • Protection and restoration of urban waterways
  • Improved urban water quality
Two types of grant funding available:
Community Action Grants: Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are awarded to local or community-based organizations.
Leadership Grants: Grants range from $10,001 to $100,000 and are awarded to organizations that are leaders in providing programs where RBC does business.
Contact Information

The Presidio, 211 Lincoln Boulevard
P.O. Box 29924
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-345-6300
Fax: 415-345-9686
Deadlines Letter of inquiry are accepted year round. If a letter of inquiry is accepted, Goldman Fund staff will contact the applying organization to request a proposal; do not submit a proposal unless invited.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Colorado Projects (2006):
Rocky Mountain Institute, Snowmass, $125,000
Contact Information
111 Lincoln Avenue
PO Box 4000
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Phone: 970-453-5970
Fax: 970-453-1423

Contact: Lee E. Zimmerman, Executive Director
Deadlines 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.

Visit the website for deadline information.
Comments Eligibility requirements: 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.

Contact Information
330 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10017 -5001
Phone: 212-557-0010

Contact: Jonathan Goldberg, Grants Administrator
Deadlines Letter of inquiry are accepted year round. Applicants are asked to send full proposals only when requested by a Foundation staff member.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Mission: The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States- communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
Contact Information
1019 River Rd.
Hamilton, NY 13346
Telehone: 315-691-3168

Contact: John Hasenjager
AWRF Grants Committee
5698 State Route 23
Cincinnatus, NY 13040
Phone or Fax: 607-863-4195
Deadlines Proposals are accepted between February 1 and August 1 of each year and announcement of awards is made by September 30.
Comments Eligibility requirements: individuals, organizations and academic institutions.

Mission: To aid in sustaining and enhancing the fish and wildlife resources of North America, with emphasis on New York State, by funding conservation, research and public education initiatives so that present and future generations may continue to enjoy these resources.

Grants have been awarded in the areas of natural resources, ecology and evolutionary biology, animal science, geological sciences, plant biology, soil, crop and atmospheric sciences, and related fields.
Contact Information
The Conservation Fund National Office
1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300
Arlington, Virginia 22209-2156

Primary Contact: Ms. Jen White, American Greenways Program Coordinator
Phone: 703-525-6300
Deadlines Applications may be submitted from March 31 through June 30 of each calendar year.

Notifications will be made by September

Applications available on the website.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations and public agencies

Mission: The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program, a partnership project of the Eastman Kodak Company, The Conservation Fund, and the National Geographic Society, provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America.
Contact Information
The Quick Foundation
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 710
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Primary Contact: Mr. Jay Shoemaker, Executive Director

All communications regarding grant guidelines, applications, or procedure should be by mail only; unless requested otherwise by the Board.  Members of the Board of Directors should not be contacted other than by correspondence addressed to the Foundation. Contacting individual Board members by mail, telephone, or in person may negatively impact grant applications.
Deadlines Application Deadlines:
Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the board meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of May and November, annually.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

As a small private foundation, the Quick Foundation generally prefers to make grants to smaller organizations where such grant making activity will have an impact.  Past grants have included historic preservation, education, elder care and services, religious organizations, music education, public recreation facilities, and animal care - all important themes in its existence.
Contact Information
10 Lake Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-471-1241

Primary Contact: Heather L. Carroll,  President & Executive Director
Deadlines Application Deadlines: Proposals should be submitted at least six weeks prior to board of directors meetings, which are held in January, April, July, and October, annually. Interested applicants should contact the Foundation office for specific deadlines.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations in the Pikes Peak Region

The Foundation funds grant requests for general operations, specific projects, programs, capital needs, and capacity building.  However, it will not be responsible for providing continuous and sole operational or programmatic funding.

Program funding areas include:
  •      The welfare of children, the incapacitated, homeless, families, and the elderly;
  •      The preservation and improvement of the environment and natural resources;
  •      The arts;
  •      Education;
  •      Healthcare;
  •      Community improvements; and
  •      Charitable outreach.
Grants range from $500 to $100,000 though on average are around $10,000.
Contact Information
The Tiffany & Co. Foundation
200 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10010
Deadlines Letter of inquiry are accepted year round through an online application system.
Not currently accepting Letters of Inquiry due to current commitments. The Foundation will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry again through their online system in September 2013.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations
It is from nature that Tiffany & Co. draws the raw materials and inspiration that have shaped the company's design heritage.

Mission: The Foundation's environment program is to support organizations dedicated to the stewardship of natural resources in the areas of responsible mining, coral reef conservation and urban parks. Specifically, the Foundation promotes responsible mining through remediation, land preservation, community development and standards-setting efforts; healthy marine ecosystems through key research and targeted educational outreach; and the enhancement of urban environments through beautification and infrastructure improvements.

Program funding areas include:
  • Responsible Mining
  • Coral Conservation
  • Urban Parks
  • Excellence in Design
Colorado Projects:
  • 2006, EcoFlight, Aspen, $30,000: In support of EcoFlight, which provides aerial tours to organizations in order to offer first-hand views of environmental issues in the West,
  • 2011, Responsible Mining Project: Conservation Lands Foundation in Durango, CO $350,000:  To support of a communications effort to raise the profile of the National Conservation Lands to further protect environmentally and culturally significant places in the American West from irresponsible mining.

Contact Information
275 Turnpike Street
Suite 307
Canton, MA 02021
Telephone: (781) 821-5990
Fax: (781) 821-8949
Contact: Bruce Beckham ext. 209, Executive Director & CEO
Deadlines Grant information for the 2013 Cycle has not yet been announced.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations
Grants funded for conservation, preservation, restoration, or education at tourism-related sites of exceptional cultural, historic, or natural significance around the world

Past grants have supported both capital improvements or educational programs.

Preference is given to organizations with projects or programs that:
  • allow our grant funding to be leveraged to provide increased philanthropic support, through vehicles such as matching grants or challenge grants that have already been secured from an external source.
  • are endorsed by the local, regional, or national tourism office.
  • demonstrate strong support from and involvement of the local community.
Colorado Projects (2006):
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Pagosa Springs
Contact Information
Town Creek Foundation
121 North West Street
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: 410-763-8171
Fax: 410-763-8172
Deadlines Letter of Inquiry Required.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Mission: The Town Creek Foundation is dedicated to a sustainable environment, a strong democracy, and a peaceful world. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to promote ecological sustainability, to protect the public's interest in the media system; and to reduce the risks and costs of war.
Contact Information 300 North 17th St.
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22209

Primary Contact: Rob Keith
Phone: 703-284-9425.
Fax: 206-222-2381
Deadlines Applicants are required to notify the EAS Committee member in their region that they will be submitting a proposal by November.
Comments Eligibility requirements: Trout Unlimited chapters and councils

Funding will be awarded to projects that address the needs of native and wild trout following TU's Protect, Reconnect and Restore and Sustain Conservation Model. Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Conservation Impact
  • Strengthening TU Impact
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Technical Merit
EAS will not fund the following types of projects:
  • Land acquisition efforts, including conservation easements.
  • Advocacy campaigns that endorse a specific candidates or particular piece of legislation.
Grants are on average $5,000.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 2030
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: 479-464-1570
Fax: 479-464-1580
Deadlines Letters of interest only, no unsolicited proposals

No deadlines
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations and charter schools
Support is provided for projects that combine good science, landowner incentives, and creative water management to significantly improve the health of the Mississippi and Colorado Rivers and their Delta wetlands and to restore and protect their invaluable contribution to regional and global ecology.

Two project areas Colorado organizations are eligible to apply for: Environment and Education Reform.

Colorado Projects:
  • Aspen Center for Enviro Studies
  • Four Corners School for Outdoor Ed
  • Pikes Peak Community Foundation
These were smaller grants, between $10,000 - $12,000
Contact Information
Pierpont Communications
Attn: Waste Management
1800 West Loop South, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-627-2223
Deadlines Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed on a continuous basis.  Expect about a two-month review time.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations
Funding goes to projects that will be used exclusively for public purposes.

Funding project areas include:
  • Environment
  • Environmental Education
  • Causes important to the areas where they operate
The Waste Management Charitable Giving program is committed to providing its support and services to causes that promote civic pride, economic development and revitalization. Every community has its own challenges, and we strive always to be part of problem-solving initiatives.
Contact Information
225 North 5th Street, Suite 215
P.O. Box 4334
Grand Junction, CO 81502 -4334
Phone: 970-243-3767
Fax: 970-243-9767
Deadlines Mesa County Small Grant Fund: Submit letter by September 15 annually (no application available online).

Western Colorado Health Fund: August 15 annually.

Brownson Memorial Fund: July 12, 2013.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations in western Colorado

WCCF provides general operating support as well as project support for special programs. Preference is given to organizations and programs where a small grant will make a difference. WCCF does not fund individuals except through its scholarship programs. WCCF does not typically fund special events or capital campaigns.

Three grants available:
  • Mesa County Small Grant Fund ($200-$500)
  • Western Colorado Health Fund
  • Brownson Memorial Fund
Contact Information
Primary Contact: Jay Kenney, Chair (must email to apply)
Deadlines Wick Kenney Fund: Accepted year round but grants made around June and December.

Jay Kenney Fund: Relation based funding.
 Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

The Kenney Foundation was created by a merger in 2008 of the Jay Kenney Foundation and the William C. Kenney Watershed Foundation. From the merge two funds arose the Wick Kenney Fund and the Jay Kenney Fund.

The Wick Fund makes grants to protect and restore watersheds in the Western United States. In the simplest of terms, we are interested in keeping western rivers flowing with ample volumes of clean water. The Foundation makes only discretionary grants.

Discretionary grants are given to projects that:

  • Provide a real opportunity to change western water policy on a local, state or national level; or
  • Defend environmental laws critical for the protection of all western rivers; or
  • Focus on a specific strategy for protection of a biologically important western watershed; or
  • Research and analyze 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 to reach advocates for the West’s rivers.

The Jay Kenney Fund functions like a small family foundation. It makes grants to a variety of organizations and acts as a funding vehicle for the Board’s personal interests.

In the past, the fund has supported a variety of local, national, and international organizations, including the Museum for Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum,Threepenny Review, Lab at Belmar, KCFR, KUVO, KVNF, and Lighthouse Writers Workshops. On the recreation and environmental side we have funded the Arkansas River Trust, Backcountry Snowsports Alliance, Grand Canyon Private Boaters, Montana Land Reliance,Colorado Whitewater, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, etc.

Contact Information
6655 West Sahara, Suite B-118
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Phone: 702-253-1317
Fax: 702-253-0548

Primary Contact: Ms. Karen Winnefeld, Executive Secretary
Deadlines Application Deadlines:
Letter of Inquiry prior to application. Letters of Inquiry must be received by March 1st to be considered for funding this year.
If your organization is considered for a grant, the grant application deadline is May 1st.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations

Mission: The Harris foundation envisions making the world a better place for the well-being and safety of plants, animals and human beings.

Areas of support include:
  • The Arts. Children's theater, documentaries, videos, and community outreach.
  • Conservation / Education. Children's theater, documentaries, videos, and community outreach.
  • Conservation / Field Work. Animal field research, no-kill animal shelters, protection of natural resources and wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Educational Camps. Environmental, health and special needs camps.
  • Preventative Health. Animals for the physically challenged, children's health, global populations, women's health.
Grants made in the amount of $6,000 or less.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 460847
Denver, CO 80246
Deadlines First Friday in September award decisions made in December.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations, Colorado organizations are given priority.

Mission: The Wolcott Family Foundation supports nonprofit grassroots organizations in Colorado that focus on social change and environmental stewardship, with emphasis on supporting grassroots organizations for which a small grant can make a real contribution.

Consideration will be given to projects that emphasize environmental preservation, advocacy and community involvement aimed at root causes of societal problems.

Grants are not made to/for:
  • groups with annual budgets over $350,000;
  • individuals;
  • scholarships;
  • capital campaigns; or,
  • endowments.
Grants generally range from $1,000- $5,000.