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Scholastic's Be Big Fund

Scholastic's Be Big Fund will help bring to life the winning Big Idea that helps make your community a better place.

Individual or team

$5,000 grand prize grant

Five $1,000 first prize grants


SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was created to raise support for grassroots conservation projects. The Fund has 4 major areas of focus: species research, habitat protection, conservation education, and animal rescue and rehabilitation.

U.S. government (local, state, federal), nonprofits, schools

No amount specified

Two cycles:



Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program

The Society for Conservation Biology offers the two year post - doctoral David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program.  These fellowships enable early - career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern for the United States.

Eligible individuals must have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made in 2016

Each Fellow will receive an annual salary of $52,500 plus benefits, with the post - doctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives a travel budget of over $8,000 and a research fund of  $32,000 across the 2 - year fellowship period.


Sparkplug Foundation

The Sparkplug Foundation funds start-up projects in music, education, and community organizing.  The Foundation gives preference to projects with small budgets and does not fund organizations with budgets larger than $1 million.


No amount specified


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grant

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant Program funds student-led service-learning projects throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Specific areas of interest include acess to higher education/closing the achievement gap, economic empowerment and financial literacy, community safety and justice, health and wellness, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture.

Nonprofits, schools, and government entities

Fund projects between $25,000 - $100,000


Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conservation and Community Partnership Grant Program

The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program supports collaborative projects between non-profit organizations, SFI program participants, and other stakeholders which support SFI objectives.


Conservation Grant projects illustrate, inform, or improve the role of the SFI standard. It is expected that the majority of these funds will support projects in the following five categories: Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity, but may consider particularly compelling proposals outside these categories.


Community Grant projects focus on forestry related youth education, Habitat for Humanity or similar community based building projects, green building with SFI certified materials, management of culturally important lands and other community-based projects which raise awareness of responsible forest management through the SFI program.


$300,000 total available

Conservation Grants are funded at $5,000 or more

Community Grants are funded up to $5,000


Target Field Trip Grant

Field Trip Grants fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.

Schools (K-12)

Up to $700


Temper of the Times Foundation Grant

The Temper of the Times Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration in the U.S.  Grants may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads, to pay for advertising space or airtime, or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. Because grants are for wildland ecosystem advertising campaigns, not for general organizational support, they may not be used to cover costs associated with the production of organization newsletters, membership campaigns, or for staff salaries.


Grants average between $5,000 - $15,000


The Burning Foundation

Grants awarded to organizations addressing issues in Washington and Oregon. Priority issue areas include protecting threatened rivers and forests, nurturing native fish populations, and conserving land and open space for ecological and recreational purposes.



$5,000 - $12,000.

Approximately $400,000 is granted each year.

Letter of Interest due in two cycles:

Spring Cycle: 01/21/2015

Fall cycle: 08/19/2015

Applicants will submit full proposal upon request.

The Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses that supports efforts to protect specific wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

Grant Criteria:

1.The project should seek to secure permanent protection of a specific wild land or waterway for its habitat and recreational values.
2.The campaign should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort. We do not fund general education, restoration, or scientific research projects.
3.All projects should be quantifiable with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, and should include a clear measure for evaluating success.
4.The project should have a good chance of final success within four years.

Before applying for funding, an organization must first be nominated by one of the member companies. Check the website for a list of members. They will then send each nominated organization a request for proposal (RFP) instructing them how to submit a full request.


Approximately $1 million available annually

The Conservation Alliance conducts two funding cycles annually. Deadlines for those cycles are:

Summer Cycle:
Nominations due 05/01/2015

Proposals due 06/01/2015

Grants announced early October

Winter Cycle:
Nominations due 11/01/2015

Proposals due 12/01/2015

Grants announced early April

The Mountaineers Foundation

The Mountaineers Foundation promotes the study of the mountains, forests and streams of the Pacific Northwest, and contributes to preserving its natural beauty and ecological integrity.
The Community Grant Program offers two options:

  • Community Conservation Education Grants are limited to no more than $5000 and are meant to support modest, short-term projects related to conservation education and consistent with their vision and mission.

  • The Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant will be approved at a $30,000 limit. They welcome substantial projects that envision significant environmental education benefits with carefully articulated goals and outcomes. These grants should have a high impact or visibility and could span multiple years.

Nonprofits, libraries, and schools

Awards up to $30,000

Community Conservation Education Grant application due:



Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant application due:


The Russell Family Foundation Environmental Sustainability Program

The foundation's regional grantmaking in Environmental Sustainability focuses on the Puget Sound, polluted runoff, green infrastructure and environmental education. The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry for the environmental education programs.


Environmental Education

  • Enhanced engagement through outdoor experiential learning opportunities

  • Increased environmental literacy

  • Changes in behavior to reduce impact on Puget Sound

  • Community Stewardship and ownership of local environments


Puget Sound EE: directly focused on the urbanized areas of Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston Counties. Programs that provide outdoor educational experiences to students in grades 5-12 with a direct focus on the health of Puget Sound Waters. Programs should help students make connections between their local environments to the health of Puget Sound waters.

Puyallup Watershed EE: Through the Foundation's Puyallup Watershed Initiative, we support the work of the "Environmental Education Community of Interest", a collaborative effort of approximately 50 organizations/entities working together toward a long term vision of Environmental Education in the Puyallup River Watershed.

Requests are accepted from 501(c)(3) organizations. Nonprofit entities such as public schools and school districts also may apply.

Organizations must be located in and / or provide services within the following counties: Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties

No amount specified

Letter of Inquiry:



Full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

The Spring Family Trust for Trails

A charitable trust fund with
a mission dedicated to enhancing hiking opportunities in Washington State with grants for trail building and maintenance projects.

Gov't and the public

$5,000 - $15,000

Primary Applications must be submitted, suitable applicants will be invited to submit full applications


Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good

Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects.

Project applications will be accepted from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, in good standing, for funding requests related to community events, project or program support.


Six organizations will share $150,000, including one organization that will be given $50,000


Tourism Cares for Tomorrow

Tourism Cares preserves the travel experience for the benefit of tomorrow's travelers through:

  • Saving sites that are important to travelers by giving financial assistance to tourism-related natural, cultural and historic sites around the world.
  • Educating those who will be the future workforce of the largest industry in the world – travel. Scholarships are availble to those who are studying travel and tourism.  Helping to also educate the traveling public on how to become more responsible travelers.
  • Bringing the tourism community together to volunteer and help clean up and restore important historic sites that are in need of care and rejuvenation.


Tourism Cares funds projects that conserve, preserve, or restore the site, or educate visitors to the site. These requests may include brick-and-mortar capital improvement projects, or educational programs that will enhance interpretation of the site.

Nonprofit Six awards of $10,000


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Candidate Conservation Action Funds

The overall goal of the Candidate Conservation funding opportunity is based on cooperative relationships with states, non-profit organizations, private landowners and those interested in habitat restoration or undertaking candidate and at-risk species research, surveys and monitoring, or educational outreach efforts.  Work may be done via grant agreement, project grants, or direct payment for specified use.

This opportunity provides funds to accomplish high priority conservation tasks for high priority, FWS-managed, candidate and at-risk species in the United States (based on our annual Candidate Species Assessments), such that known threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated.

State and local governments/agencies; institutions of higher education, including public, private, state colleges and universities; non-profits; Native American tribal organizations; city, county or township governments; individuals, Native American tribal governments; for-profit organizations; small businesses.

No amount specified


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Implementation Fund

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to states, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers and other potential partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend.

State and local governments/agencies; institutions of higher education, including public, private, state colleges and universities; non-profits; Native American tribal organizations; city, county or township governments; individuals, Native American tribal governments; for-profit organizations; small businesses.

No amount specified


U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grant

The United States Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) established an annual, competitive grants program to support projects that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.


$4 million total available


Awards between $10k - $200k


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard and Small Grants

The Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.


The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

Review eligibility criteria

Standard Grant - awards up to $1 million


Small Grant - awards up to $75,000

US Standard Grant

Two cycles:





Small Grant


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance

Region 1 Fisheries Program embraces a balanced approach toward aquatic resource stewardship that recognizes a need to conserve and manage self-sustaining populations and their habitats while providing quality recreational fishing. Proposals will only be considered for projects within the state of Washington. Proposals may include but are not limited to: Fish Passage, In-stream and Riparian Habitat, Introduced Species (including Aquatic Invasive Species), Introgression, and culture aspects of brood stock development, production and re-introduction.


Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program plan/guidelines and also contact the Program officer prior to submitting an application for funding. Project proposals requested between $1,000 and $50,000 are most attractiv

Federal government, state governments,
county governments,
city or township governments, independent school districts,
institutions of higher education,
Native American tribal governments (federally recognized),
Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments),
intergovernmental organizations,
for profit organizations other than small businesses
Awards between $1,000 - $50,000 05/08/2014
USDA Forest Service: 2012 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant

This year there are two grant categories:

•Develop outreach that communicates the connection between the personal benefits of urban forests and quality of life within a community through community engagement.
•Design an urban forestry recruitment program and retention strategies that support existing urban forestry academic curriculum.


Any U.S. non - Federal organization, operating within the United States or its territories.

$900,000 available

1:1 non - federal match required

Application due


Contact: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff                    Phone 202 - 205 - 7829

USDA Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

Local gov't and nonprofits must submit applications to the State Forester.  Tribal applications must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal gov't officials.

$1.6 million total available.

Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000


USDA Farm to School Grant Program

USDA anticipates awarding up to $6 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.


Grant funds will be available through four tracks:
1. Support Service grants are intended for eligible entities working with schools or school
districts to further develop and provide broad reaching support services to farm to school
2. Implementation grants are intended to help schools or school districts scale or further
develop existing farm to school initiatives.
3. Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school
activities and are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for
maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations.
4. Training grants are intended for eligible entities to support trainings that strengthen
farm to school supply chains, or trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of
local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and/or integration of agriculturebased

Schools, state and local agencies, Indian Tribal Organizations, agricultural producers (or groups of Producers) and nonprofits

$6 million total available

Awards between $15,000 - $100,000

 25% match required

Training Grant Letter of Intents due:


Support Service, Implementation, and Planning Grant applications due:


USFS Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy Grant Program

The U.S Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) requests proposals for wood energy projects that require engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis. The Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy (W2E) Grant Program will fund projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Projects that use woody biomass from multiple land ownerships (State, Tribal, or private lands) and multiple sources (wood products facilities, urban wood waste, etc.) will be considered as long as some of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest System lands. Projects that do not anticipate using any wood from National Forest System lands will not be eligible.


This program is intended for applicants seeking financial assistance to complete the necessary engineering design work, including permitting or other preconstruction analyses, required to secure public or private funding for construction of wood energy projects. An example of public funding is the USDA Rural Development grants and loan programs that might help fund construction of such facilities. This year, the W2E grant emphasizes geographic or sector-based clusters (e.g. hospitals, prisons, inmate conservation camps, school campuses, poultry houses, etc.) that should leverage project similarities to improve economies of scale and expand the use of woody biomass for energy.

Small businesses, city or township governments,
for profit organizations other than small businesses,
state governments,
Native American tribal governments, county governments,
nonprofits, public and state controlled institutions of higher education

$2.8 million total available


Awards between $25,000 - $250,000


USDA Rural Development Community Connect Grant

The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.


Grant funds may be used to finance the following:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, including spectrum, land or buildings, used to deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to all residential and business customers located within the Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) and all participating Critical Community Facilities, including funding for up to 10 Computer Access Points to be used in the Community Center. Buildings constructed with grant funds must reside on property owned by the awardee. Leasing costs will only be covered through the advance of funds period included in the award documents;
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a Community Center and provision of Computer Access Points. Grant funds for the Community Center will be limited to 10% of the requested grant amount. If a community center is constructed with grant funds, the center must reside on property owned by the awardee; and
  • The cost of providing the necessary bandwidth for service free of charge to the Critical Community Facilities for 2 years
Incorporated organization, Indian tribe or tribal
organization, state or local unit of government,
cooperative, private corporation
or limited liability company organized
on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

$13 million total available.


Fund awards  between $100,000 -  $3 million