Current Grant and other Funding Opportunities

The following are grant opportunities that may be of interest to Audubon Chapters. Listings are alphabetical within each category of year-round and time-sensitive. If your Chapter is successful in receiving any of the listed grants, please let us know. Thank you!

Year-Round

Amazon.com Tools for Nonprofits

  • Amazon Wish Lists can expand a nonprofit's potential donor pool to Amazon's millions of customers and offer a great way to ensure that they receive the right number of the exact items needed. Customers use the lists to learn what organizations need, then purchase and ship the items quickly and easily via Amazon.com's secure transaction technology.
  • When customers shop on AmazonSmile--a website powered by Amazon that offers the same features as Amazon.com--the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Charitable organizations can register to receive donations at org.amazon.com.

American Water
Funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies in our local communities. We are pleased to offer this modest assistance to our community partners, while leveraging local resources and capabilities to make a positive impact on the environment. To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must be: located within an American Water service area (California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia); completed between May and November of the grant funding year; and be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.

Eagle Optics
Educational program for purchase of qualifying optics - please contact Chapter Services for details.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center posts new Requests For Proposals regularly. Please check with Sarah Caro at National Audubon before applying for any grant opportunity posted here.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
AMOUNT: $5,000 - $25,000
Primary philanthropic focus areas are community improvement projects and public education (for the latter, priority is given to K-12 public schools). Get to know your local Lowe's store manager - local store support is imperative in the consideration of grant applications.
In addition, Lowe's is the exclusive retailer for the Audubon color palettes under the Olympic brand paint.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Grant opportunities for projects that sustain, restore, and enhance our Nation's fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. Please check with Sarah Caro at National Audubon before applying for a NFWF grant.

Norcross Wildlife Foundation (6 Chapters awarded in 2012)
AMOUNT: $1,000 - $5,000
Targets grassroots organizations who seek funds for practical, immediate use (i.e., land protection, program-related office and field equipment/technology, and public education materials).  

Planet Connect
Provides a list of green grant opportunities for youth. 

Shell Oil
Shell will consider charitable contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations with priority consideration given to organizations serving in or near US communities where Shell has a major presence.  Focus areas for funding are: 

Community: Focus on civic and human needs in the community while promoting healthy lifestyles, major and cultural arts that promote access to underserved students and communities, and disaster relief efforts. 
Education: Focus on energy awareness with special publics, increasing interest in technical careers among students and professional development in science and math among educators.
Environment: Focus on biodiversity initiatives with support to programs that restore critical eco systems, address water, air quality research, preserve wetlands and sponsor wetlands initiatives. 

TechSoup
TechSoup provides other organizations with software, refurbished computers and other technology from more than 40 donor partners -- including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. All donated and discounted products are available to nonprofit organizations and libraries for a small admin fee that supports TechSoup's work in the United States and around the world. Techsoup also provides free learning resources, including articles, blogs, webinars, and forums that keep non-profits up-to-date on the latest technology.

Time-Sensitive

Ben & Jerry's Foundation: Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
DEADLINE: Letters of Inquiry are accepted July - September and January 16 - March 15 each year
AMOUNT: Up to $15,000

The National Grassroots Grant Program offers competitive grants to not-for-profit grassroots community organizations throughout the United States, that are working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. Broad goals are to further social justice, protect the environment, and support sustainable food systems. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time - there is no deadline for applying and the Employee Advisory Committee meets nine time s a year to review proposals. Funding priorities, guidelines and restrictions, and information on the application process are available online. Only organizations with budgets of less than $500,000 will be considered

Captain Planet
DEADLINE: September 30 each year- typically for spring and summer projects; February 28 each year- typically for fall and winter projects.
AMOUNT: $500 to $2,500

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that promote and support 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. Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to: serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

Preferential consideration is given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. Captain Planet Foundation will on occasion consider grants up to $2,500.

Circle K
DEADLINE:January - February each year

Supports 501(c)3 organizations that assist youth-at-risk and education. Requests for financial contributions are reviewed in January and February for funding the next fiscal year. Requests for in-kind donations are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Constellation Energy Community Impact Grant Programs
DEADLINE: EcoStar Grants: March 10 each yea; Community Grants and Sponsorships: May 1 and Sept. 1 each year; Energy to Educate: October 1 each year.
AMOUNT: EcoStar Grants: Up to $5,000; Community Grants and Sponsorships: not specified; Energy to Educate: Up to $25,000

Constellation Energy awards grants to the following programs:

  • EcoStar Grants (Environment): support local community environmental stewardship projects.
  • Energy to Educate Grants (Education): support hands-on demonstration projects build on student knowledge and application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Community Grants (Environment, Education, Economic Development): Grants are awarded to programs which demonstrate positive community impact and metrics, in alignment with the foundation's focus areas and programs which demonstrate fiscal soundness and a strong base of support.
  • Sponsorships (Environment, Education, Economic Development): awarded for non-profit events that generate significant employee participation (i.e., 50 Constellation Energy employee participants or more) are considered for corporate sponsorship and events which align with foundation's mission, have employees directly involved and provide demonstrated positive community impact.

Fund for Wild Nature
DEADLINE: May 1 and November 1 each year
AMOUNT: $1,000 - $5,000

Provides small grants for campaigns to save and restore native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. FWN funds advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors.

The Home Depot Foundation's Community Impact Grants Program
APPLICATION PERIOD: February 1 - August 13, 2013
AMOUNT: Up to $5,000

Grants 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. Funds are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. More competitive grant proposals will specifically identify projects for veterans, seniors, and/or the disabled and will include housing repairs, modifications, and weatherization work.

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education
DEADLINE: October 15each year
AMOUNT: $100 to $500

Gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States with a site available for a stewardship project. Successful non-school applicants often are a partnership between a youth group (scouts, 4-H, etc.) and a site owner. Project goals should focus on enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development, and increase the educational value of the site. The use of, and teaching about, native plants and the native-plant community is mandatory, and the native plants must be appropriate to the local eco-region and the site conditions (soil, water, sunlight). 

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
DEADLINE: September 13, 2013 for pre-proposal; September 27, 2013 for full proposal.
AMOUNT: Up to $1500

The mission of our grant program is to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving. Grant Goals: to empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems; to promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world; and to train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

Nickelodeon Big Help Grants
DEADLINE: December 31, 2012. Check back for 2013 deadline.
AMOUNT: Either a $2,500 grant or a $5,000 matching grant (must be dollar for dollar)

The Big Help Grant Program will support projects that inspire kids to (1) take care of the environment; (2) lead active, healthy lives; (3) engage in community service; or (4) improve their educational experience.

The North Face(r) Explore Fund(tm) 
DEADLINE: May 1, 2013. Check back for the 2014 deadline.
AMOUNT: up to $2,500
Explore Fund supports organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front & backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal & environmental health.

Office Depot
DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted through October 2013
AMOUNT: $50 to $3,000

The Office Depot Foundation's funding focus aligns with its Strategic Priorities. Audubon Chapters may be interested in these focus areas:

  • Giving Children Tools for Success - Supporting activities that give young people tools to succeed in the school and in life through education and inspiration.
  • Building Capacity to Serve Communities - Supporting programs that help non-profit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently and effectively.

An online eligibility survey and grant application can be found on the Grant Making Guidelines page. Applications are retrieved on a monthly basis and are reviewed by a committee. Please allow at least 12 weeks after you submit your completed application before you receive a response. The majority of grants issued are in the vicinity of $1,000 and are supported by in-kind donations when inventory allows.

Patagonia Environmental Grants
DEADLINE: Year-round for application to Patagonia store in your city; April 30 and August 31 yearly if no store in your area.
AMOUNT: $3,000 - $12,000

Patagonia funds environmental work by grassroots organizations that is action-oriented; strategic; builds public involvement and support; works on the root causes of problems; and accomplishes specific goals and objectives. Patagonia accepts one proposal per group, per year. Please check with Sarah Caro at National Audubon before you submit a grant request.

PG&E's Community Investment Program (serving California)
DEADLINE: September 16, 2013

This program emphasizes supporting underserved populations and focuses on the following three areas:

Education: Supports innovative programs that give students and teachers opportunities to learn and prepare for their future, the future of California and the future of the energy industry.

Environmental Stewardship: Support partnerships focused on renewables and energy efficiency as well as local Earth Day projects that help ensure our neighborhoods, parks and recreation areas remain clean, safe and viable for future generations.

Community Vitality: Providing assistance to income-qualified families through programs that reduce their utility bills, partnering with local organizations to support emergency preparedness efforts and investments in local economic and energy-related workforce development initiatives. In addition, we support civic initiatives that bring value to the communities we serve.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants
DEADLINE: September 30 each year
AMOUNT: Up to $1,000

GreenWorks! Grants fund school/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration plans, recycling programs, energy conservation project for students, etc. Applicants must have attended a PLT workshop.  

PSNH's Environmental Community Grant Program (serving New England)
DEADLINE: September 15 each year
AMOUNT: Up to $1,500

Provides support to nonprofit organizations, within the company's service territory, that foster environmental preservation, improvement, or education. Grant applications must be from organizations served by PSNH or by NU's other subsidiaries, Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO).

SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
DEADLINE: December 1 each year
AMOUNT: Awards are usually $5,000 to $25,000

Supports projects in four key areas:

  • Species Research
  • Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
  • Habitat Protection
  • Conservation Education

Southern California Edison Community Grants Program (serving California)
DEADLINE:

  • Cycle 1 - February 1 - February 28
  • Cycle 2 - May 1 - May 31
  • Cycle 3 - July 1 - July 31
  • Cycle 4 - September 1 - September 30

AMOUNT: Up to $5,000

Through SCE's online Community Grants program, organization can apply under four areas:

  1. Education: Helping Young People Gain Power Through Knowledge & Skills
  2. Environment: Responsibility, Sustainability, Conservation & Protection
  3. Civic Engagement: Engaging People & Communities
  4. Public Safety and Preparedness: Planning for Natural Disasters

Target Local Giving
DEADLINE: Early Childhood Reading Grant Applications are open between March 1 and April 30 each year. Field Trip Grant Applications (school must apply) are open between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.
AMOUNT: Early Childhood Reading Grants are $2,000; Field Trip Grants are $700.

Each year, Target store grants help K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations bring arts and cultural experiences to students, provide support for educational field trips and fund early childhood reading programs.

Walmart Local Giving Program
DEADLINE: December 1, 2013
AMOUNT: $250 to $2,500

Through the Local Giving Program, Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and Logistics facilities can support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. Applications must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered. Please read the Local Giving Guidelines before beginning your application.

WMAN/IEN Mining Mini-Grants Program
DEADLINE: February 1, June 1 and October 1 each year; applications for Emergency Grants are accepted anytime and should be for time-sensitive unforeseen challenges/opportunities.
AMOUNT: Up to $3,000

The Mining Mini-Grants Program is a joint project of WMAN and the Indigenous Environmental Network and funds work dedicated to mining-related issues. The goal of the Mining Mini-Grants Program is to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities. Indigenous-led organizations will receive at least 50% of the grants made each cycle.

Youth Gardening Grants from the National Gardening Association
DEADLINE: December 3, 2012. Check back for 2013 deadline.
AMOUNT: $500 to $1,000

NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:

  • integration of content standards
  • nutrition connections
  • environmental awareness
  • entrepreneurship
  • social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning