Grant Opportunities

Wetland Habitat Focal Area (Sustain Our Great Lakes) By supporting work that includes the control of invasive species, restoration of more-natural hydrology, reestablishment of native vegetation, and reconnection with adjacent waterways, Sustain Our Great Lakes is helping to restore many of the most important wetland habitats in the basin.  More information about the program can be found here Deadline: February 28, 2015 (pre-proposals)
The Joyce Foundation (The Joyce Foundation) Great Lakes: The Joyce Foundation will seek and support funding opportunities to protect and restore the Great Lakes by considering proposals at the local, state, regional, and national levels that address the following areas: Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species into and around the Great Lakes Basin Strengthen federal and state ballast water policy. Prevent movement of aquatic invasive species between Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins via Chicago Area Waterway. Encourage a new vision for the St. Lawrence Seaway that may include modified operations. Increase state collaboration on aquatic invasive species prevention and management. Reduce Polluted Runoff from Cities and Farms Reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban landscapes (Milwaukee). Reduce nutrient pollution from agricultural landscapes (Western Lake Erie Basin). Explore market based strategies for reducing polluted runoff from agricultural lands. Explore legal and regulatory strategies for reducing polluted runoff from agricultural lands. Support strategic pilots and policy shifts to promote green stormwater infrastructure. Promote water quality monitoring, science, and research. Make the Great Lakes a Policy and Funding Priority Ensure effective Great Lakes Compact implementation. upport state and regional groups to defend and advance policies to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other federal and state Great Lakes funding efforts. Convene critical partners to enable maximum progress on these issues.   -See more at: Deadline: Send letter of inquiry
Surdna Foundation (Surdna Foundation) This foundation invests in projects that support their program areas of Sustainable Environments, Strong Local Economies, Thriving Cultures, Community Revitalization, and Effective Citizenry. An example of a previous grant award is $200K to the American Planning Association in FY2008 to aid U.S. planners with initiatives to integrate energy sustainability and climate change into contemporary planning practices. Another example is $200K to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in FY2010 to increase/strengthen local and national collaboration for the benefit of Louisiana coastal protection. Organizations are eligible for a max of three consecutive years of funding. Eligibility: U.S. based non-profit organizations There are no application deadlines. Grants are assessed three times a year (February, May, and September), and must be submitted three to four months prior to staff review. Deadline: No application deadlines
NCIPM-Working Group (North Central Region Integrated Pest Management Center) The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) now focuses on supporting working groups that involve partners from multiple states. Information about these grants can be found here  The application period for 2015 is closed. Deadline: December 12, 2014
Farm Bill (U.S. Department of Agriculture) The Farm Bill—H.R. 6124 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008—became law in June 2008. Section 10201 (“Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention”) directs the Secretary of Agriculture to make available Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for early plant pest detection and surveillance, for threat identification and mitigation of plant pests and diseases, and for technical assistance in the development and implementation of audit-based certification systems and nursery plant pest risk management systems. The five-year Farm Bill specifies that these funds be made available incrementally, starting with $12 million in fiscal year (FY) 2009, $45 million in FY 2010, and $50 million in FY 2011 and thereafter. Deadline: February 24, 2012
Federal Recreational Trails Program (U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration) The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Deadline: TBA
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts for endangered species conservation. These projects range from species status surveys, public education and outreach, habitat acquisition and restoration, captive propagation and reintroduction to nesting surveys, genetic studies and development of conservation plans. Deadline: October 30, 2014 - January 23, 2015
Environmental Information Exchange Network and Grant Program (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, territories and federally recognized Indian tribes to support the development of the Environmental Information Exchange Network. Now in the eighth year, EPA has awarded almost $144 million in assistance agreements to build the National Environmental Information Exchange Network. All states, five territories, and 56 federally recognized tribes have received grants to facilitate their involvement in the development and implementation of the Exchange Network. All states, one territory, and eight tribes have leveraged this funding to implement data exchange nodes on the Network and have shared environmental information with EPA or other Network partners. Deadline: November 24, 2014
Environmental Education Grants (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) The Grants Program sponsored by EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE), Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. EPA awards grants each year based on funding appropriated by Congress. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million.  The two grant categories are EE Model Grants ( and EE Local Grants ( Deadline: February 2, 2015/ March 6, 2015
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) GLRI grants will fund projects that address the most important Great Lakes priorities, including reducing toxic contaminants, restoring the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, protecting beaches and beachgoers, keeping out invasive species and reducing polluted land-based runoff. Deadline: August 27, 2014
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Act authorizes the Secretary of Interior to provide direct technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in restoring, enhancing, and managing fish and wildlife habitats on their own lands. This announcement is not a solicitation for grant proposals. It is a goal of the program to secure at least 50 percent of project costs from non-Service sources, but this goal applies to the national program as a whole, and does not have to be achieved on a project-by-project basis. Funding above $25,000 for an individual project must be approved at the Washington Office level. If you are interested in pursuing a project under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program you must contact your local coordinator. A listing of coordinators by state is available at the link below. Deadline: TBD
Sustain Our Great Lakes (Sustain Our Great Lakes) The Sustain Our Great Lakes Program now offers funding for four core areas:   Aquatic Connectivity By supporting the removal of passage barriers and the installation of passage structures, Sustain Our Great Lakes is helping reconnect many of the most important aquatic habitats in the basin.   Shoreline Habitat By supporting efforts to control invasive species, restore hydrology and other physical processes, reduce shoreline fragmentation, and protect and monitor imperiled coastal species, Sustain Our Great Lakes is helping to restore many of the most important shoreline resources in the basin.   Wetland Habitat By supporting work that includes the control of invasive species, restoration of more-natural hydrology, reestablishment of native vegetation, and reconnection with adjacent waterways, Sustain Our Great Lakes is helping to restore many of the most important wetland habitats in the basin   Stream and Riparian Habitat By supporting the restoration of hydrology and other physical processes, placement of in-stream habitat structures, invasive species control, and streambank stabilization, Sustain Our Great Lakes is helping to restore many of the most important stream and riparian habitats in the basin Deadline: February 28, 2015 (pre-proposals)
Land Conservation (area of interest) (Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation) Grant proposals accepted only from 501 (c)(3) organizations that have been in full fiscal operation for at least one year. We offer general operating and project-specific grants that lead to landscape-scale land preservation and stewardship. We support efforts throughout the Chicago region with a current focus on five priority landscapes: Calumet, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Grand Kankakee, Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. We also encourage and participate in strategic land conservation partnerships. - See more at:   Deadline: April 3, 2015; July 31, 2015
Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Projects (NOAA) NOAA delivers funding and technical expertise to restore Great Lakes coastal habitats. These habitats support valuable fisheries and protected resources; improve the quality of our water; provide recreational opportunities for the public's use and enjoyment; and buffer our coastal communities from the impacts of changing lake levels. Projects funded through NOAA have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that provide social and economic benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern ( under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as anticipated in the President's FY2015 Budget. Applications should be submitted for any project that is to be considered for this funding, even for those projects already submitted as applications to other NOAA competitions. Competition will ensure that the most beneficial restoration projects are selected to realize significant ecological gains. Applications selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant or cooperative agreement. Funds will be administered by the NOAA Restoration Center (RC). Multi-year cooperative agreement awards will be considered, and additional releases of funds may be used to fund selected proposals through FY17 without further competition. Awards are dependent upon the amount of funds made available to NOAA for this purpose by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. NOAA anticipates approximately $15 million may be available over the next three years to maintain selected awards, dependent upon the level of funding made available by Congress. One, two, or three year proposals will be accepted. Award funding options will include: • For one year requests for habitat implementation proposals, NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $500,000 or more than $6 million of federal funds. Typical awards for one year requests for habitat restoration implementation are expected to range between $500,000 and $2 million. • For one year requests for engineering and design proposals, NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $75,000 or more than $350,000. Typical awards for engineering and design are expected to range between $100,000 and $350,000. • For multi-year awards, regardless of the type of proposal, NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $750,000 and more than $10 million for up to a three year award period. Deadline: March 3, 2015
Plant Materials for Conservation (Natural Resources Conservation Service) Plant materials are used in all phases of the soil and water conservation program. This program emphasizes field testing to determine the plant's value and restoration techniques. It is limited to the properties of conservation cooperators properties in conjunction with soil conservation districts, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Crop Improvement Associations and other Federal and State agencies. The program also provides commercial seed growers with breeder and foundation quality seed or propagules through State Crop Improvement Associations or Foundations Seed Services. Other plants or seed are not provided to the general public. Large-scale production is conducted by cooperating commercial producers. Free plants, seed and/or grants are not available to nurseries or the public. Deadline: No deadlines
Conservation Stewardship Program (Natural Resources Conservation Service) Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, rangeland, Non-Industrial Private Forest lands (NIPF), agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed. Participation in the program is voluntary. Deadline: Applications accepted on rolling basis, but applications submitted before March 13, 2015 will be considered for 2015 funding
Environmental Quality Incentives Program 2015 (Natural Resources Conservation Service) Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.   Deadline: TBD
Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) In 2015, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund to protect, conserve and increase habitat for these iconic insects and other pollinators. Created with an initial $1.2 million commitment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the fund will pool additional funding from other private and public donors and matching resources from grantees. The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund focuses on three priority conservation needs to restore the monarch butterfly to a more robust and healthy population: • Habitat restoration to plant native milkweed for caterpillars and nectar plants for adults in both large, contiguous areas as well as in smaller patches, especially in edge habitat along the butterfly's migration route • Outreach and education in urban and rural communities, with a focus on youth engagement • Native seed production and distribution to increase production and availability of seeds and plants essential to habitat restoration Deadline: TBD
Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) As part of the America’s Great Outdoors 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Initiative, NFWF launched Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, a competitive matching grant conservation program, in December 2011. Its goal is to provide support for innovative job opportunities that expose young people, particularly urban and underserved youth who are increasingly disconnected from the outdoors, to the natural world and career opportunities in conservation. Competitive projects are being developed in coordination or partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the U.S. Forest Service (FS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and will benefit the missions of the agencies. Funding priorities for this program include: Providing paid internships or jobs in the outdoors to underserved urban, rural, and tribal youth Increasing mentorship, training, and education opportunities for youth with natural resource professionals Hands-on implementation of habitat restoration, stewardship, monitoring, and other conservation-related activities Delivering meaningful conservation outcomes that benefit the land, facilities, programs or mission of BLM, Reclamation, FS, and/or the FWS. Projects that align with a NFWF Conservation Program. Deadline: October 15, 2014
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grants Program (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Supports projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. Deadline: February 27, 2015 and July 7, 2015
North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Operates only in the United States; it supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program. Deadline: November 5, 2015
Pulling Together Initiative Grant (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ) The Pulling Together Initiative seeks proposals that will help control invasive plant species, mostly through the work of public/private partnerships such as Cooperative Weed Management Areas. Deadline: TBD
Chi-Cal Rivers Fund (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ) The geographic focus of the Fund includes the drainage areas of: Chicago River and tributaries in Illinois Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Bubbly Creek Calumet Sag Channel Calumet River Grand Calumet River Little Calumet River Burns Ditch With an emphasis on these waterways, the Fund will achieve its impact primarily by supporting projects through a competitive grants program focused on three goals: Increase stormwater storage capacity through green infrastructure Enhance fish and wildlife habitat Improve public-use opportunities Deadline: TBD
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ) 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. Funding priorities for this program include: On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes. Deadline: November 11, 2014