Funding Resources

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Following is a list of funding resources for both federal and private grants.

Federal Programs

Communities

Conservation Education

Federal Programs

Federal programs may provide either technical or financial assistance. You will want to review the specific requirements for each granting program to determine whether your project can fall within the guidelines.

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance -- This online catalog gives you access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments; federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public; quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups and individuals.
  • Department of Interior Granting Agencies -- The agencies listed below typically provide assistance for projects both within and in the vicinity of lands or monuments they manage. The National Park Service also provides grants to tribes and museums related to implementation of the National Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Grants.gov -- Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.
  • Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities -- The White House Rural Council along with the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA have released a guide to help rural communities secure funding and technical assistance opportunities. This is a guide to programs from the four agencies that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments and enhance quality of life. It provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have put these programs into action to achieve their goals.
  • US Forest Service Desk Guide -- This desk guide lists over 200 sources of grants and funding opportunities available to the Forest Service and partners.
  • The Cooperative Forestry Program of the Forest Service provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners, rural communities, states, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and universities. Its programs and partnerships help private landowners and rural communities care for their forests, strengthen local economies, and maintain a high quality of life.
  • Red Lodge Clearinghouse -- This site has a searchable database of grants (government and foundation sources), cost sharing, and technical assistance available for natural resources projects in the western United States.
  • Foundation Center -- The mission of this organization is to support and improve instititutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grant seekers succeed. The Foundation Center hosts an extensive searchable database of foundations as well as resources for grant seekers including grantwriting clinics, giving trends, an email newsletter, and much more.
  • National Agricultural Library's Guide to Funding Resources -- This library includes links to searchable databases offering funding opportunities from government and private sources that are available to local governments, community organizations, and individuals. It also provides web links to more than sixty full-text online guides, manuals, and tips to assist grantwriters prepare successful proposals.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants and Funding Portal offers links to all of the EPA’s grants information, including grants for brownfields, environmental justice, wastewater management, pollution prevention, and sustainable development. The EPA’s programs generally have wide geographic application. EPA provides grants to many types of organizations, other federal agencies, state and local governments, tribes, private organizations, businesses, and academic institutions for many environmental conservation activities.
  • EPA also has a number of Voluntary Partnership Programs with businesses, communities, state and local governments, and private organizations, providing technical assistance, education and outreach, and financial assistance to address a number of areas of environmental interest, including agriculture, air and water quality, energy efficiency, pollution, and waste management.

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Communities

  • Building Better Rural Places: Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, and Community Development. This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry.
  • The Rural Information Center provides information (including funding sources) and referral services for rural communities, officials, organizations and citizens.

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Conservation Education

  • The Captain Planet Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects for children and youths. The Foundation encourages innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.

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