Grant Finder

Our grant finder database contains information on more than a hundred grant opportunities that may be of interest to watershed and other environmental groups throughout New Jersey. If you know the name of the grant-making organization or the grant program name you’re interested in, type it into the search bar and the grant finder will tell you if we have it on file. Otherwise, you can simply type in a keyword (i.e., monitoring, technical assistance, education) and the grant finder will locate grants that match your interests!

Grant Program NameArea of InterestEligible RegionsTimeframeAward Amount and Eligible Applicants
3M Foundation3M provides funds, products, or volunteers. The company supports projects that impact 3M communities. They look for initiatives with defined and measurable results that target underserved populations. Environmental support focuses on sustainability, biodiversity and climate change initiatives. Nationwide -Organizations located in communities where 3M has a facilityOngoing
319(h) GrantsNonpoint Source PollutionNew JerseyAnnualLocal governments, schools, organizations
Abelard Foundation-EastMost grants are for general support. They focus on supporting "local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights, and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives."East of the Mississippi RiverProposals accepted at any time, but only reviewed twice per year. Those received by March 15 will be reviewed in spring, and those received by September 15 will be reviewed in fall.The foundation mainly supports local nonprofits. The average grant size is $10,000. The Foundation gives priority to projects that are in their first years of development and have budgets less than $300,000.
Albertsons Corporate Giving ProgramSupport is focused in the following areas: hunger relief, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship. The company also provides product donations to local community organizations. Where stores are locatedOngoing. If event-related, applications must be submitted at least eight weeks in advance of event.Albertsons supports 501 (c) (3) tax exempt nonprofit organizations with funds and products.
Altriawater quality and conservation, sustainable agriculture, litter prevention and cleanupNationwideOngoingProvide funding, in-kind, and volunteer services to nonprofit organizations.
America's Great Outdoors: Connecting youth to the OutdoorsThrough the grants, NEEF and its partners are catalyzing efforts to increase the number of youth who build a connection with public lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering.Nationwide, to orgniazations partnering with the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.September
Archer-Daniels-Midland CompanyAgricultural development, sound environmental practices, education for children and young adults, maintaining a vibrant community or related topics.Nationwide, but emphasis is given to corporate operating locationsOngoingProvide funds, including sponsorships, to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Aria FoundationEnvironmental protection, clean energy, arts, education, social justice and assistance due to natural disasterNationwide Grants to 501c3 orgnaizations
Barbara Delano Foundation, Inc., The Endangered species, environment, forests, natural resources, global programsNationwideOngoingTax-exempt organizations
Barnegat Bay Partnership Mini-GrantsBarnegat Bay Watershed
Ben & Jerry's Foundation: National Grassroots Grant ProgramOur broad goals are to further social justice, protect the environment and support sustainable food systems. We will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals or from organizations that provide technical support and/or resources to such groups. NationwideOngoingThey make one-year grants for up to $15,000 for general operating or project support. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.
Boat U.S. Foundation Clean Water Grants Program Projects that promote safe and/or clean boating on local waterways. NationwideDeadline typically in January of each year.Provides grants of up to $4,000 to local volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations, boating clubs and student groups.
Brownfields Cleanup GrantsProvides funds to carry out cleanup activities at a specific brownfield site owned by the applicant.NationwideProposal deadline in November. Projects may take up to three years.Up to $200,000 porvided per site to owner of the site. Tribal, state and local government, and organizations are eligible.
Bunbury Company GrantsEnvironmental programs that help conserve threatened farmland, habitat or waterways and regional planning efforts that help advance these goals. Also fund educational and community building projects.Primarily Mercer County, but also in Camden, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties.Quarterly deadlines: March, May, August, November.Average grant size is $15,000. Provides general operating support, building funds, challenge grants or matching funds, and funds for special programs to 501(c)3 nonprofits.
Cape Branch FoundationThe environment and education, with support for general operating, project support, building funds, and equipment.NationalOngoingGrant range: $2,000 - $385,000 provided to nonprofits. No application forms or deadlines. Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request. Also include a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status.
Captain Planet FoundationSupport high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.NationwideMay, September, and JanuaryProvide up to $2,500 to nonprofit orgnaizations. Most grants are around $500.
Carthage FoundationThe Carthage Foundation's grant program is primarily directed toward public policy programs that address major domestic and international issues.NationalOngoing
Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed ProtectionThis online catalog can be searched by funding sources, dept/agency, keyword, statute, or title.NationwidenaCatalog of federal funding sources for watershed protection
Community-Based Restoration GrantsFunds marine and coastal habitat restoration projects that benefit fish and shellfish around the coastal U.S.NationwideAprilFunding range: $25,000 - $85,000 and up to $250,000.
Conservation Finance ProgramOpen to nonprofit organizations conserving land in NJ. Public entities are not eligible but may partner with nonprofits. Objective to assist in the completion of land acquisition deals where capital is insufficient in time required.The fund operates throughout New Jersey but recognizes certain ecologically critical areas defined as the highest priorities by New Jersey's conservation community: the Highlands of the northwest; the Pinelands; the Barnegat Bay watershed; and the Delaware Bay Shore area.OngoingMust be a land conservation or land trust non-profit organization with 501 (3) (c ) status. Loans are made for up to 3 years, at 3 percent interest rate.
Conservation Reserve ProgramThe Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.Nationwidecontact local FSA site for sign up dates (website: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=fsa)Individuals, entities and states owning or operating eligible cropland or pastureland to be devoted to riparian buffers.
Conservation Technical AssistanceThrough CTA, NRCS helps people voluntarily conserve, improve and sustain natural resources on their land, typically through the development of conservation plans. Nationwide Eligible Groups: farmers, ranchers, local units of government, citizen groups, recreation groups, Tribal governments, professional consultants, State and Federal agencies, and others interested in conserving natural resources
CSX Community InvestmentFocus on safety, wellness, community, and the environment (Teaching environmental stewardship, Planting eco-friendly trees and plants, Leading and supporting environmental clean-ups, Recycling and waste minimization, Promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction)Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico City, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, West VirginiaNo deadlinesAverage grant size: $5,000
Dam Restorations & Inland Water Projects Loan ProgramTo provide low-interest loans to assist in funding of dam restorations, flood control projects, water pollution control projects, and water-related recreation and conservation projectsNew JerseyApplication dates to be published by NJ Register Local government units, private lake associations or similar organizations and owners of private dams as co-applicants with a local government unit.
Doris Duke Charitable FoundationThe mission of the Environment Program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments.Nationwide Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any timeThe foundation generally awards multi-year grants that range from $100,000 to $1 million.
E. J. Grassman TrustGrants will be for endowment, including scholarship endowment, and capital projects. Preference will be given to orgs with low admin expenses. Primary consideration include organizations who engage ecological endeavorsNew Jersey (particularly Union County)Deadlines are April 20 and October 15 annually. Average grant $5,000 to $25,000. There is no specific application, proposals should be in letter form, generally no more than 4 pgs in length.
Educational Foundation of America (EFA)Arts & Education, the Environment and Sustainable PopulationNationwideProposals by invitation only.Non-profits organizations are eligible. Grants range from $10,000 - $400,000.
Environmental Education Regional Grants (EE)Supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment.NationwideMay$15,000 - $100,000. Applicants must match 25%.
Environmental Endowment for New JerseyEnvironmental projects that will have direct benefit in or near tidally-related NY/NJ Harbor Complex or Del. River Basin or Schuylkill Valley. New JerseyDecemberMaximum Grant $15,000.
Environmental Justice GrantsProvides financial assistance to eligible organizations to build collaborative partnerships, to identify the local environmental and/or public health issues, and to envision solutions and empower the community through education, training, and outreach.NationwideFebruaryUp to $25,000
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Nonprofit ProgramDesigned to provide conservation and humanitarian nonprofit organizations around the world an affordable means of acquiring ArcGIS software and services for organized volunteer efforts.WorldwideongoingFor a small administration fee, Esri donates its products to qualified organizations.
ExxonMobil FoundationExxonMobil focus areas include education, health, environment, and employee involvement.NationwideOngoingExxonMobil typically works with organizations they already have established relationships with.
FishAmerica FoundationFishAmerica provides grants to non-profits, conservation minded groups to enhance fish populations, restore fisheries habitat, improve water quality and advance fisheries research to improve sportfishing opportunities and success.Nationwidevaries with projectvaries with project
Fledgling FundSupports innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. Grants typically fall in the following broad areas: Environmental Justice, Girls’ Empowerment and Women’s Leadership, Health and Wellness, Economic Justice and Systemic Poverty, Educational Experiences, and the Justice System.NationwideHas two funding cycles per year$10,000 - $35,000
Forest Legacy ProgramDesigned to protect environmentally important forest areas threatened by conversion to non-forest use. The program provides funds to protect important lands though direct acquisition and through conservation easements.Nationwide Funding provided for up to 75% of program costs, with at least 25% match from private, state or local government required. Participation in Forest Legacy is limited to private forest landowners
Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence Grant ProgramProvide essential resources to nonprofit groups addressing critical land protection and conservation issues throughout New JerseyNew Jerseyapplications due end of MayGrant maximum of $5,000. Expected to match the grant funds 50% with inkind and/or cash contributions. Nonprofits only.
Fujifilms Corporate Giving ProgramThe fund is dedicated to putting Fujifilm digital cameras into the hands of people and organizations that make a difference in our lives, and, at the same time, to recognizing the interests and efforts of our employees within their own communities.Areas where there are local Fujifilm Companies Local FujiFilm companies determine which organizations to support.
Fund for New Jersey, The Our grant making advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through the work of policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing.New Jerseyrequests are viewed quarterly501(c)(3) orgnaizations are eligible.
Fund for Wild NatureThe Fund for Wild Nature (Fund) provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. We fund advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. NationwideFeb 1st, May 1st, Sept 1stGrants range from $1,000 - $3,000.
Garden State Historic Preservation Trust GrantsNew Jersey
George and Miriam Martin FoundationPreserving streams and wetlandsOngoing; no deadlinesAmount awarded is $1,000 - $100,000.; If you are interested in a grant, please send a brief letter describing how a grant will help your organization preserve streams and wetlands.
Georgia-Pacific FoundationThe Foundation primarily invests our resources in four key areas that are essential to creating and sustaining strong communities: Education, Environment, Community Enrichment, and Entrepreneurship.Nationwide - within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility.accepted between Jan and Oct annually501(c)(3) organizations and public schools are eligible.
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Fund Arts, Education, Environment and Media initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making.New JerseyNovember, February, August501(c)(3) organizations are eilgible. Award amounts vary.
Google Ad GrantsGoogle Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.comNationwideOngoing501(c)(3) organizations (excluding hospitals and educational institutions) with a functioning website.
Grassroots Exchange FundCommon Counsel's Grassroots Exchange Fund is a rapid response small grants program designed to support networking and collaboration between grassroots social change and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States. GXF prioritizes grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities.NationwideThere is no set deadline for the Grantee Exchange Fund, applications are funded February - November.$500 - $1,000. The Fund typically makes grants to grassroots community-based organizations working on social, economic, and environmental justice initiatives
Green AcresTo acquire land for public recreation and conservation purposes.New JerseyOngoingMunicipalities, counties and non-profit organizations are eligible.
Harbor Estuary ProgramStewardship, Habitat Restoration and Public Access Projects NY - NJMarchvaries
Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation FundTo provide funding to public and qualifying private entities for the remediation of a suspected or known discharge of a hazardous substance or hazardous waste.New JerseyongoingHDSRF grants and loans are available to public entities, private entities, and non-profit organizations ( 501(c)(3)) that perform a remediation pursuant to DEP’s Site Remediation Program requirements.
Hewlett-Packard Employee Product Giving ProgramEncourages HP employees in the United States to support qualified U.S. educational and nonprofit organizations with HP technology.  The HP employee contributes just 25% of the equipment’s list price and the remaining 75% is matched by the company. Products donated through this program must be used by qualified recipient organizations for educational, administrative or capacity-building purposes.Nationwide, where HP has a presence.OngoingTo qualify, the gift must be a minimum of $100 worth of equipment at list price and a maximum of $20,000 worth of equipment at list price. The process must be initiated by an HP employee.
Home Depot Foundation Community Impact GrantsGrants are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.NationwideAugust and DecemberUp to $5,000. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Hyde and Watson FoundationThe Foundation supports capital projects such as hard costs related to the construction or purchase of new facilities, building renovations and improvements, purchase of capital equipment and furnishings, and other one-time capital needs.New York City metropolitan area, and Essex, Union, and Morris Counties in New JerseyFebruary and SeptemberTypical grant range is $5,000 - $25,000.
IBM Corporate Giving ProgramWe focus our community engagement and corporate service programs on specific societal issues, including the environment, community economic development, education, health, literacy, language and culture.NationwideongoingVaries by grant program
International Paper The Foundation's primary focus areas are environmental education and literacy with limited funds going towards health and human services needs and employee involvement.Communities with International Paper facilities or employees.Contact local facility for application and deadline. Grants are reviewed at the corporarte level quarterly: Febriary 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.Must be a 501c3.
Ittleson Foundation The Foundation recognizes not-for-profit organizations, dedicated to bettering the United States, and as such, we provide funds for new initiatives and model projects that have the potential to greatly enhance public policy and the lives of fellow citizens. The Foundation's areas of particular interest are: mental health, AIDS, and the environment.NationwideLOI must be received by September 1.
Jessie Smith Noyes FoundationSupports grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world.NationwideOngoingMust be a tax exempt organization with a 501c(3) classification to be eligible. Awards range from $250-$100,000
Knapp Foundation, Inc.Wildlife conservation education programsNationwide; generally gives to east coast states.Requests are viewed quarterly; contact the foundation for deadlines.Grants range from $1,000-$56,000 as matching grants.
L.L. BeanIn the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation category, primary activities include the maintenance and protection of our natural resources; efforts to engage more young people in activities that are relevant to our product line, such as camping, hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, hunting, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; and programs that have proximity to L.L.Bean Retail Stores.Nationwideaccepted all year, have application submitted by Dec501(c)(3) organizations are eligible for grants or product donations.
Land O'Lakes FoundationLand O'Lakes Foundation awards grants to projects that best address the following areas: Hunger relief, Youth and education, Rural leadership, Civic improvements, Soil and water preservation, Arts and culture.Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and VirginiaOngoing. Contact a Land O’Lakes dairy farmer in your area to begin the process.$500-$5,000; 501(c)(3) orgnaizations are eligible. Grants must be initiated by Land O'Lakes farmer-members
Lawrence Foundation, The Supports environmental, human services and other causes.nationalApr 30 and November 1 annually501(c)(3) orgnaizations, public schools, and libraries are eligbile.
Max and Anna Levinson Foundation We make grants to nonprofit organizations committed to developing a more just, caring, ecological and sustainable world.NationwideNo deadlinesGrants are made by invitation only, but Letters of Inquiry are accepted. Most grants are in $30,000 range.
Max and Victoria Dreyfus FoundationThe Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs.NationwideDeadlines are November 10 and March 10 each year.
McGraw Foundation, Curtis W.environmental conservation activitiesStatewide, with an emphasis on PrincetonOct 1, annually$500-$100,000. Available to non-profits.
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental FoundationTheir mission is to support educators in developing environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.NationwidePre-proposals due September of each yearGrant awards up to $1,500 to nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, and government agencies.
Merck Family FundIn their environment program, the Fund focuses on conserving ecologically valuable land, making paper production sustianable, and promoting energy efficiency.NationwideLetters of Inquiry - ongoing. Tax-exempt organizations
Nathan Cummings Foundation, The We seek to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.

The Environment program seeks to address the root causes of environmental degradation. Funding priority will be given to projects with the potential of having state, multi-state, or national impacts.
Nationwide
National Environmental Education FoundationNEEF provides grants and awards to leverage the reach of our programs, implement our program goals, support the efforts of other organizations and strengthen the environmental education (EE) field as a whole.NationwideVaries by Program
National Fish and Wildlife FoundationThis program provides funds to restore damaged or degraded riverine habitats and native aquatic species through watershed restoration and improved land management.NationwideTwo grant cycles. Deadlines vary by specific program.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for AmericaAcres for America is a partnership between Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Acres for America program was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Wal-Mart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through these acquisitions.NationwidePre-proposal deadline is April 13 All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match. Higher ratios of matching funds will at times aid in making applications more competitive. Grant Range $500,000 - $1,000,000
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration ProgramProvides modest financial assistance on a competitive basis to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities.NationwideMid- to late-JanuaryEligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions.

Awards range from $20,000 to $50,000 with an average size of $30,000. Projects are required to meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio to be competitive.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Pulling Together InitiativeSupport on a competitive basis for the formation of local Weed Management Area (WMA) partnerships. These partnerships engage federal resource agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, and other interested parties in developing long-term weed management projects within the scope of an integrated pest management strategy.NationwideJune 30-pre proposal deadline; Sept. 30 - full proposalPTI applications are accepted from private non-profit (501)(c) organizations. PTI applications must provide a 1:1 non-federal match for their grant request.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: National Wildlife Refuge FriendsIncrease public awareness and appreciation for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Three areas of emphasis: start-up grants to fund initial start up costs for support groups, such as printing of brochures, membership drives, consultant fees for planning missions and strategic plan; capacity building to strengthen existing support groups and enable them to be more effective; and project specific grants to use for developing education programs for local schools, outreach programs for landowners, habitat restoration projects, building of observation towers, interpretive signs, etc.NationwideProposals due in JulyEligible applicants include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Friends organizations whose primary mission is to support a refuge or a complex of refuges.

Grant award ranges from $1,500-$15,000. A 1:1 non-federal matching contribution is encouraged but not required.
National Fisheries Habitat ProgramProvides funding to restore habitat for coastal marine resources and anadromous fish.NationwideMayMatching funds of at least 50% are required for the federal funds requested. Proposals may request up to $400,000. Tribal, state and local government, organizations and individuals are eligible.
National Geographic Society Conservation TrustThe Conservation Trust is a grant program that supports innovative solutions to conservation challenges and issues of global concern. The Trust encourages projects that engage and inform their areas’ local population with the potential for global application. Projects that hold potential as media subject matter are also encouraged, as National Geographic’s vast audience offers our grantees opportunities to make a broad public impact.NationwideOngoingIndividual researchers and research teams. Grants range from $15,000 to $20,000.
National Park FoundationEducation, field training, preservation and conservation, interpretation and outreachNationwideVaries by programALL National Park System units, affiliated areas, regional, service and program offices, National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Landmarks and National Trails to participate in all National Park Foundation grant programs
National Park Service: Land and Water Conservation FundProvide federal grants for land acquisition and conservation to federal and state agencies. Funds for the development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. NationwideOngoingMatches grants for state and local governments
National Recreational Trails ProgramProvide financial assistance for developing and maintaining trails and trail facilities. Trails can be non-motorized, multi-use and motorized purposes.New JerseyApplications due mid-FebruaryMaximum grant award is 24,000. Governmental and nonprofit organizations are eligible. Local agencies, special purpose districts, tribes, and non-profit organizations must provide 20 percent match for each project, and at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal contribution.
Nature Conservancy, The National organization that has a state-wide membership of about 33,000 people. Land acquisition and stewardship.New Jersey (three regional NJ programs)
New Jersey American Water's Environmental Grant ProgramTo support diverse types of environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, rain garden projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts.Areas serviced by New Jersey American WaterMax. grant size: $10,000
New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration PartnershipThe New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership(NJCWRP) is an innovative public-private initiative aimed at restoring, preserving, enhancing and protecting aquatic habitats throughout New Jersey. Bringing together corporations, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and academia, the NJCWRP allows participants to contribute in a fundamental way to crucial projects involving New Jersey's coastal and island wetlands and aquatic habitats.New JerseyOngoingProjects must have a federal partner in order to be considered.
New Jersey Office of Information Technology's NJMapp Initiative for Community Access to TechnologyDonation of ArcView GIS Bundle to Nonprofit Organizations and Environmental CommissionsNew JerseyOngoingsee website for specific restrictions
New Jersey SmartStart Buildings ProgramEnergy-efficiency technical and financial assistance; capital projectsNew JerseyOngoingFree technical assistance for small projects and equipment incentives.
New Jersey Tree FoundationState-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, enhancement and development of community forestry activities. Provides free trees and planting. Restoration work!New Jersey Provides trees and training.
New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council (Fund)To preserve freshwater wetlands and transition areas determined to be of critical importance in protecting freshwater wetlands.New JerseyOngoing
NOAA Coastal Services CenterTo help building capabilities throughout the nation to address pressing issues of coastal health and change by conserving coastal environments and promoting efficient and sustainable commercial and residential development.NationwideProposal due May 15The NOAA Coastal Services Center annually issues a Broad Area Announcement detailing the availability of competitive funding from the Center. A Broad Area Announcement differs from most other funding announcements by federal agencies because it consists of several independent opportunities. Please visit the web site for these announcements.
NOAA Community-Based Habitat Restoration Project GrantsLocal community-based marine, estuarine and riparian habitat restorationNortheast, Mid-Atlantic, MidwestApplication due dates vary by projectAmount awarded typically range from $50,000 to $200,000.
NOAA Community-Based Restoration ProgramConserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries. Habitat restoration projects to benefit anadromous and marine species.NationwideVaries by ProjectVaries by project
Nonpoint Pollution Implementation Grants (Sec. 319h)Provide funds to states for on-the-ground projects to reduce nonpoint source pollution runoff. Eligible activities include technical assistance, monitoring, ground water activities and resource restoration.New JerseyOctober 15thLocal governments, cities, counties, regional development centers, local school systems, colleges, universities, local non-profit organizations, state or federal agencies, local or county environmental commissions, and watershed and water resource associations. Funding may not be used on private lands with the exception of demonstration projects.
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants ProgramProvides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Projects must support long-term wetlands acquisition, restoration, and/or enhancement.NationwideFebruary, 28, 2014 and July 8, 2014There are two programs (1) Standard Grants, funding cap of $1 million per project, 1:1 match and (2) Small Grants, funding cap of $50,000, priority must be matched on a 1:1 ratio.
NRCS' Conservation Innovation GrantsVoluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. National and New Jersey competitionsThey require a 50:50 match.
NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Mini-Grant ProgramProvide funding for projects that foster awareness of the goals of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program and that encourage the involvement of the general public and local governments.New York-New Jersey EstuaryJanuaryNonprofits and counties in estuary are eligible. Check on funding availability.
Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program, Lorrie Grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds may be used for the purchase of plants and seeds.NationalProposal due October 15thCash awards range from $100 to $500.
Partners for Fish and WildlifeProvides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore degraded wetlands, streams and river corridors, prairie, grasslands and other important fish and wildlife habitats for migratory birds, anadromous fish, threatened and endangered and some marine mammals.Nationwide Technical assistance is provided free. Wherever possible, the program seeks a 50/50 cost-share between federal and non-federal partners, but cost-shares are not a requirement. Any privately-owned land is potentially eligible for restoration. Most participants are individual private landowners. For purposes of this program, "privately-owned" means land not owned by a State or the Federal Government.
Patagonia Environmental Grants ProgramPatagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.NationwideApril 30 and August 31; or apply to your local store any time of year.The company seeks to support small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas. Most grants will be in the range of $3,000 to $8,000. Organizations must have 501 (3) (c ) status.
Pew Charitable Trusts, The The mission of the Environment program is to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere and preserve old-growth forest, wilderness and marine ecosystems. Our investments are goal-oriented, and virtually all of the activities we support contain specific benchmarks that enable us to measure progress toward meeting explicit targets.Nationwideongoing$ varies based on grant. The Trusts make grants in six program areas. You should first review the information about the program whose interests most closely match those of your organization. The guidelines lay out concisely each program's goals and objectives and the kinds of activities it will and will not consider.
Phillips Petroleum Company (Conoco Phillips)Projects must protect the scenic, historical, cultural, natural, recreational, and archeological integrity of a highway and adjacent areas.AK, CA, IL, LA, MN, NJ, OK, PA, TX, WAMust apply by September 1st.Must have 501 (3)(c ) status. Must have 20% available matching funds.
Plant Material CentersTo select and grow plants that grow naturally and provide them to those people who wish to grow native plants.NationwideOngoing
Progressive Technology Project, The Works to raise the scope and scale of technology resources available to grassroots organizing groups working for environment, economic and social justice. Grants can be used for training, technical support, consulting, needs assessment, planning, hardware and software, designing applications and setting up systems.NationwideFall 2011Grassroots, non-profit organizations
Project WET GrantsGrants to public or private schools and non-profit organizations interested in sponsoring environmental outreach and educational programs.NJFor Spring Festivals, proposals due Feb 18. For Fall Festivals, proposal due June 1.Grants range from $300 to $1,500 based on the number of students.
Project WILDEducating the youth about environmental issues.NationwideSmall grants only.
PSE&G and the New Jersey Business/Industry/Science Education Consortium (NJ BISEC)PSE&G/NJ BISEC Environmental Education Grant Program is open to educators of grades K-5 and 6-9. Grants are available to teachers who can successfully link their students understanding of science, mathematics, computer science and/or technology concepts with enthusiasm and appreciation for the environment.New Jersey - PSE&G's electric or gas service areas. JuneUp to $3,500 ; use this document to apply for http://www.pseg.com/community/pdf/EnvGrantApp.doc
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) GivesAnnually, REI dedicates a portion of its operating profits to help protect and restore the environment, increase access to outdoor activities, and encourage involvement in responsible outdoor recreation.NationwideMonthlyMust be nominated by an REI store to apply for grant, No unsolicted grant applications
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA)NationwideApplications are due by August 1st for assistance beginning the following fiscal year (October 1st through September 30th).RTCA does not award monetary grants or loans. Instead, RTCA supplies a staff person with experience in community-based outdoor recreation and conservation to work with partners
Robbins-de Beaumont FoundationFocuses on education of children and adults on a variety of topics, including environmental preservation.Nationwide, with the majority of funds going to New England states and New York.Concept papers are due March 1; Application guidelines may be requested in writing or by phone.Grants typically range from $3,000-$30,000
Rockefeller Family FundEmphasizes public education on the risk of global warming and implementation of sound solutions, conservation of natural resources, protection of health as affected by the environment, meaningful implementation and enforcement of the nation's environmental laws, and public participation in national environmental policy debates. NationwideLetters of Inquiry can be sent at any timeaverage grant: $25,000-$30,000
Sarah Scaife Foundations, Inc.The Sarah Scaife Foundation’s grant program is primarily directed toward public policy programs that address major domestic and international issues.NationwideOngoing
Schumann Fund for New Jersey, The We support efforts to expand access to public space and recreation for families and children in New Jersey’s cities, and to engage children in New Jersey’s cities in stewardship of the environment.New JerseyJanuary 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15$1,500- $50,000; Nonprofit organizations are eligible.
Singing for Change Charitable FoundationGrants will be awarded to programs that promote environmental awareness and teach people methods of conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC. NationwideOngoingAmount awarded is $500 - $10,000. Nonprofit organizations are eligible. For further information see http://www.singingforchange.org/
Smart Growth Planning GrantsAdvance the legislative goals of the State Planning Act by providing local jurisdictions with the additional resources needed to promote comprehensive urban redevelopment that is sensitive to community needs, as well as efficient investment in and use of public infrastructure, affordable housing, environmental, natural, historic and cultural resource protection and farmland preservation.New Jersey Counties and municipalities are eligible. Some matching funds (either cash or in-kind) may be required.
State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) - Municipal and County Planning Incentive Grant (PIG) GrantFunding to support farmland preservation efforts. New JerseyApplication due December 15thCommunity must have farmland preservation plan.
State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) - The Nonprofit Grant ProgramProvides 50% matching grants to nonprofit organizations towards farmland or easements on farmland.New JerseyApplication due December 20thNon-profit organizations.
Stonyfield Farm, Our Profits for the Planet ProgramEach year, 10% of the company's profits are given to efforts that help protect and restore the environment. Funding priorities include: family farming, slowing or reversing climate change, organic agriculture and reduction of toxins in agriculture and the food supply, and avoiding adverse health impacts from environmental and agricultural practices.Nationwideongoing
Superfund Technical Assistance Grants"To enable a group of individuals who are affected by a site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) to obtain technical assistance in interpreting information regarding the site." NY, NJApplications may be submitted after a site is proposed for listing on the NPL.Up to $50,000 initially; additional funds may be available; 20% non-federal government matching share required. Groups affected by an NPL site. All groups must be incorporated as nonprofit organization.
Surdna Foundation, Inc.Biodiversity, human communities/systems, urban/suburban land use. Organizational capacity building grants are aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity of nonprofit organizations.Nationwideongoing, prefer online applicationsaverage grant: $25,000-$100,000. Nonprofit organizations
Target Field Trip GrantsLearning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences.NationwideSeptember annually, 700 provided to schools
TechFoundation TechGrantsTechnology Projects and Infrastructure Projects NationwideApplication guidelines are available on the Foundation's website when the grant program is openThey anticipate awarding grants in the $5000-35,000.
Temper of the Times FoundationRecognizing that organizations working to protect the environment in general have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. The Foundation also supports earned media campaigns.NationwideDue December 15thUsual grants $5000 - $15000.
The John A. and Margaret Post Foundation, Inc.supports charitable organizations that benefit the quality of life for families and society in general. Program areas include Arts, culture and humanities, Education, Environment, animals, Health
Human services, Public/society benefit
Primary focus on organizations in northwest New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania.April 1 and October 1Average grant size: $5,000 - $50,000. Grants for capital needs, specific programs, and general operating expenses of smaller organizations.
The Scherman FoundationThe main areas of interest of the Scherman Foundation are the environment, human rights and liberties, reproductive rights and services, the arts, and social welfare. The Foundation focuses on general support.NationwideNo deadlines. Requests are viewed quarterly (February 19, 2014 - Letters of Intent are due through the Foundation’s online application system
March 28, 2014 - Invitations for full proposals will be sent by Foundation
May 19, 2014 - Full proposals due through our application system
September 8, 2014 - Board consideration and approval of final projects)
The Watershed Institute Grant ProgramRefer to Grant Program Announcement for funding eligibility and criteria. In 2014, funds available for projects, technical assistance, and engagement. The Watershed Institute promotes the health and resiliency of NJ’s watersheds by strengthening, connecting, and mobilizing watershed organizations.New JerseyLetters of Inquiry due in summerGrant awards range. In kind matching is strongly encouraged for project grants. See Grant Program Announcement.
Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation GrantsThis foundation awards support for general charitable purposes as well as youth programs to nonprofit orgs in the tri-state area and education purposesConnecticut; New Jersey; New YorkOctober 1st$1,000-$50,000
Threshold FoundationFunds innovative national and international non-profit organizations working to further the causes of social justice, environmental preservation, humane economic systems and the peaceful coexistence of individuals, communities and cultures. Nationwidecheck website for dates annually$5,000-$25,000
Tides FoundationTides Foundation works with individuals, families and institutions to strengthen community-based nonprofit organizations and the progressive movement through innovative grantmaking.NationwideOpen requests for proposals (RFP) are posted on webistedepends on project
Tom's of MaineFocus on projects pertaining to environmental protection, conservation, education and animal welfare.Nationwide, especially MaineJune 21stThe program provides grants of $20,000 each to 5 non-profit organizations and one grant of $50,000 to onew non-profit.
Tourism Cares for TomorrowDistributes grants to groups with one or more of the following goals: to protect, restore, and conserve sites of exceptional natural, cultural, or historic significance; to increase the traveling public’s awareness of and involvement in conservation efforts; and/or to promote conservation education within local host communities and to the traveling public. NationwideLetters of Inquiry due March 1 and July 1usual grants: $10,000
Transportation Enhancement Grants (TEA-21)Projects related to transportation that enhance cultural and historic, aesthetic and environmental benefits. NationwideProgram typically announced in winterLocal governments, state agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible.
Trust for Public Land, TheNational nonprofit that works to preserve open space. Land acquisition.New Jersey (Also Nationwide)check website for dates annuallyPrivate landowners, governmental bodies and nonprofit organizations.
Turner Foundation, Inc.The foundation supports activities to preserve the environment, conserve natural resources, protect wildlife and develop and implement sound population policiesNationwideOngoingBy invitation only
Union FoundationGrants will be focused on endowment and capital projects.New Jersey (particularly Union County)Oct 15, annuallyRange: $1,000 - $25,000. There is no specific application, proposals should be in letter form, generally no more than 4 pgs in length.
US Dept. of Interior, USFW: North American Wetlands Conservation GrantsNationwideStandard Grants: Mar and Aug. Small Grants: OctProvides matching grants
US Fish & Wildlife - Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Acts Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Acts were created to fund restoration efforts for the benefit of fish, wildlife and the American people. Appropriate State agencies are the only entities eligible to receive grant funds.NationwideVaries by projectAwarded to states. Categories for funding are: Fish and Wildlife Resources; Sport Fish Resources; Wildlife Resources; Aquatic Ecosystems; Aquatic Resources and Hunter Education; State Wildlife Grant Program
USEPA Environmental Education Grants ProgramThe Grant Program sponsored by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental qualitynationwideMay-02-2011Grants of $15,000 - $100,000 are awarded in EPA’s ten regional offices. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.
Verizon Foundation The Verizon Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and giving back to communities. Specifically, we focus on Education, Health Care, and Sustainability.NationwideApplications reviewed February 3, 2014 through midnight on October 10, 2014501(c)(3) organizations and schools are eligible. Awards average $5,000 - $10,000. In addition to providing cash grants, Verizon may provide volunteers.
Victoria FoundationProtecting New Jersey's environment requires a number of strategies, of which land acquisition is only one of Victoria Foundation's priorities. The Foundation supports groups that monitor and advocate for protected and unprotected open space, water quality, and scenic and recreational resources, as well as those that promote regional and statewide land use planning, particularly through the State Plan.New Jersey, focus on NewarkTwo cycles: January 15th and June 15th$1,000-$500,000. New Jersey
Wal-Mart Environmental GrantsSupport environmental efforts and educationNationwide (communities where stores are located)Applications accepted on an ongoing basisUp to $25,000 range
Water and Waste Disposal ProgramsTo assist communities with water and wastewater systems. Qualified private non-profit organizations will receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities. This grant program is to serve a rural area with a population not in excess of 10,000.NationwideJul-15-2014Nonprofits are eligible.
Watershed ProtectionCatalog of federal funding sources for watershed protection.NationwideOngoing
Wetlands Reserve ProgramThe Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts.NationwideOngoinglandowners
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)To develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land.NationwideongoingTechnical assistance is free. NRCS pays up to 75% of the cost of installing the wildlife habitat practices. Tribal, state and local government and organizations are eligible.
William Penn Foundation, The To improve quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children's futures, and deepen connections to nature and community.Philadelphia, Camden, Delaware Watershed, Schuylkill Watertshed, Pinelands, Bayshore Region.Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round501(c)(3) organizations are eligible.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Bring Back the Natives/More FishProvides funding to restore, protect and enhance native fish species populations through projects focused on watershed connectivity, water quality, invasive species management, and research.NationwideProposals due in JulyGrant awards generally range in size from $50,000 to $100,000. Applicants should provide non-federal match of at least $1 for every $1 of NFWF grant funds requested. Local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies, special districts (e.g., conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts), non-profit 501(c) organizations, schools and universities may apply.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Delaware River Restoration FundProjects to restore the water quality and habitats of the Delaware RiverDelaware River watershed, which includes includes portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and DelawareProposals due March 30Generally grants of less than $100,000 will be awarded for restoration at a single site and/or involving a limited number of partners. Any proposals requesting $100,000 to $500,000 should represent broad-based partnerships engaged in implementing comprehensive watershed restoration approaches that may include multiple sites and multiple strategies. Minimum matching fund contributions vary between 25 and 50 percent of total project costs.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Resilient Communities ProgramFocus areas are 1) adaptation through regional conservation projects and 2) community capacity building and demonstration projectsNationwideProposals due in MarchEligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes.

Grants range from $100,000 to $500,000. Projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio will be more competitive.

Grant Database last updated March 2017