Grants

Upcoming grant & award deadlines from PA Environment Digest: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=45853&SubjectID=

Grant Program Funder Area of Interest Eligible Regionsort ascending Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
Outreach & Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

This program provides federal grants to assist organizations that work with farmers of color and military veterans in owning and operating successful farms. They can also be used to help historically underserved farmers directly access USDA programs. 

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
Community-based organizations, networks, & coalitions; Land Grant Institutions; Hispanic serving institutions; Tribal governments, organizations, & community colleges; other institutions of higher education
Award Amount:
Up to $250,000
Rolling
Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $75,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.

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Funder:
U.S. EPA
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
community-based organizations
Award Amount:
Up to $75,000
Rolling
SFI Conservation Grants Program

The SFI Conservation Grants Program supports collaborative projects engaging non-profit organizations, SFI-certified organizations, and other stakeholders to support SFI’s mission of advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaboration. Since 2010, SFI has awarded 66 Conservation Grants to foster research to better inform decisions and best practices for managing our forests.

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Funder:
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
US and Canada
Eligible Applicants:
Registered tax exempt, not-for-profit organization (e.g., a 501(c) (3) in the U.S. or registered, with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada), Indigenous organization and/or association, Research, academic, or educational inst
Award Amount:
$25,000 - $50,000
10-22-2021
Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant

The goal of the HWC Grant Program is to “accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds”, with primary focus on prevention of land deterioration by protecting healthy watersheds that already have many of their services and systems intact.

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Funder:
U.S. Endowment of Forestry and Communities, U.S. Environmental Protection, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Recreation, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States and U.S. Territories
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit Organizations, For-profit Companies, Tribes, Intertribal Consortia, Interstates, States, Local Government Agencies (including water utilities and wastewater facilities), Colleges and Universities
Award Amount:
$50,000-$250,000
Typically the beginning of February. No 2020 funding is currently available.
America the Beautiful Challenge

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), through anticipated cooperative agreements from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is pleased to announce the launch of the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC) 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP). The ATBC vision is to streamline grant funding opportunities for new voluntary conservation and restoration projects around the United States. This Request for Proposals is a first step toward consolidating funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale, locally led projects that address shared funder priorities spanning public and private lands.

In year one of the ATBC approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding to advance the America the Beautiful Initiative and its goals to connect and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend. In the first year, ATBC will seek to fund projects across the following themes:

  1. Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds 
  2. Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks 
  3. Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds and seascapes 
  4. Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought and other climate-related threats
  5. Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

Collectively, these themes allow applicants to develop landscape-level ATBC proposals that address conservation and public access needs that showcase cumulative benefits to fish and wildlife, carbon sequestration and storage benefits, engage with and benefit underserved communities, support community access to nature, and help safeguard ecosystems through conservation, resilience-focused and nature-based solutions. 

Projects funded through the ATBC will advance the principles underlying the America the Beautiful Initiative, as described in the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Report:

  1. Pursue a collaborative and inclusive approach to conservation
  2. Conserve America’s lands and waters for the benefit of all people
  3. Support locally led and locally designed conservation efforts
  4. Honor Tribal sovereignty and support the priorities of Tribal nations
  5. Pursue conservation and restoration approaches that create jobs and support healthy communities
  6. Honor private property rights and support the voluntary stewardship efforts of private landowners and fishers
  7. Use science as a guide
  8. Build on existing tools and strategies with an emphasis on flexibility and adaptive approaches
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States - nationwide
Eligible Applicants:
State government agencies, territories of the United States, and Indian Tribes2 are eligible to apply for all four grant categories. Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, and educational institutions are eligible to ap
Award Amount:
Ranges by grant category
July 21, 2022
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.

Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, habitat, water quality and wildlife monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. 

Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation. This program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program and we expect that more than half of projects awarded will support underserved communities.

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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Non-profit 501(c) Organizations, Local Governments, Municipal Governments, Indian Tribes, and Educational Institutions
Award Amount:
$20,000-$50,000
January 31, 2024
2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grant

With support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is pleased to announce $150,000 in grant funding to make public lands more accessible and enjoyable for Americans of all abilities.

When the system of public lands in the United States was first created, its mission was to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and beauty...for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” Today, land management agencies are tasked with the ongoing challenge of preserving ecologically and historically important sites—while making sure that they remain accessible to all segments of the population, including people with disabilities (From NEEF’s Public Land Engagement Guide: https://www.neefusa.org/conservation/public-lands-engagement/activity-guides/focus-on-accessibility-guide).

According to the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html), 61 million Americans are living with a disability and 26% of adults in the US have some type of disability. The National Park Service conservatively estimates that a minimum of 28 million visitors with disabilities from all over the world visit national parks annually. Making sure that everyone truly has access to our shared public lands and waters is an ongoing challenge, supported by activists, outdoors organizations, and land management agencies themselves. NEEF, among other organizations, is committed to making the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people’s daily lives.

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Funder:
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, and federally recognized tribes and local governments.
Award Amount:
Up to $20,000
8/31/2021
Conservation Outreach: Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Outreach and Partnerships Division (OPD) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership and funding to ensure that all programs and services are made accessible to all NRCS customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching the underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers and landowners. In this Request for Applications (RFA), NRCS requests applications for four OPD priority areas through the Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements. The goal of this outreach is for NRCS in collaboration with partners to expand the delivery of conservation assistance to historically underserved farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged, limited resource, beginning, tribal and veteran. Proposals should support activities that introduce the concepts of climate-smart agriculture and to assist producers with planning and implementation of conservation practices and principles.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Native American tribal governments and organizations, Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations, private and public institutions of higher education, individuals
Award Amount:
$100,000 - $1,000,000
10-25-2021
Small, Underserved, and Disadvantaged Communities Grant Program

To assist underserved, small and disadvantaged communities with improving their drinking water resources, this program will include approximately $25.8 million in funding. Grants will be awarded as non‐competitive grants to states, with a 10 percent tribal allotment of $2.64 million. The grant program is designed to help public water systems in underserved communities meet and comply with SDWA requirements. The grant program will provide assistance to underserved communities that have no household drinking water or wastewater services or are served by a public water system that violates or exceeds any Maximum Containment Level, treatment technique, or action level.

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Funder:
EPA
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
States and Tribes
6-30-2022
EJ4Climate

A grant program that supports underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to prepare for climate-related impacts.This program is targeted to underserved and vulnerable communities, including Indigenous communities, low-income communities, and communities with heightened risk and increased sensitivity to climate change and that have less capacity and fewer resources to cope with, adapt to, or recover from climate impacts. The degree of risk and sensitivity stems from physical (built and environmental), social, political, and/or economic factors, which interact with each other and are exacerbated by climate impacts. These factors include, but are not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation and identification, national origin, and income inequality.

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Funder:
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, environmental groups, community-based associations, tribal nations, and Indigenous Peoples and communities, Universities, and academic and public research institutions
11/14/2021

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