Funding and Resource Development Information: Researched and updated continuously for our 92 Indiana SWCDs.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program:This National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. Also in this RFP, EPA makes funding available through its Five Star Program for on-the-ground restoration projects that include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration.
Applicant Webinar: December 5
Application Deadline: February 5, 2014
Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants are open to organizations, educators, and youth. Proposals shou ld integrate the arts, greening, birds and community involvement. All mini-grant applicants are offered materials and training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded). Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birding needed. Mini-grants average $100 to $500.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2013
The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase environmental awareness. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment often have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration in the United States. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 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.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2013
National Forest Foundation's Matching Awards Program: provides support to nonprofit organizations, community organizations, and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. to engage in on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting National Forests and Grasslands. Funded projects must address one or more of the following program areas of emphasis: Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Recreation, Watershed Health and Restoration, or Community-Based Forestry. All grants require at least a one-to-one cash match through non-federal donations.
Application Deadline: January 14, 2014
The Urban Waters Small Grants program of the EPA seeks to improve urban water quality through activities that also support community revitalization, economic development, and other local priorities, with an emphasis on underserved communities. Their service area includes Northwest Indiana.
Dates to Remember (includes extended deadlines):
- Nov. 14: National Webinar for Applicants (Register for the information session).
- Dec. 9: Deadline for submitting questions
- Dec. 16: RFP open period ends
- Summer 2014: Anticipated award date
- Application Deadline: November 25, 2013
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Environmental Solutions for Communities: Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and encouraging broad-based citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation
Application Deadline: December 16
Community Tree Planting Grants: Alliance for Community Trees offers grants to its member organization to support local tree planting projects. To take advantage of these grants, local organizations propose high-impact projects where planting trees will make an immediate and noticeable difference. Tree plantings may take place at schools, parks, residential neighborhoods, business sites, or other locations where new trees will tangibly improve a community’s quality of life. ACTrees grants fund the purchase and installation of trees, as well as help grow the capacity of local organizations through acquiring tools, new partners, and visibility.
Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund offers support for sustainable communities and environmental stewardship by funding research, scholarships, and education programs essential to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. Applications are currently being accepted for two of the fund's research grant programs: John Z. Duling Grants of up to $10,000 provide seed funding or partial support for innovative research and technology transfer projects that have the potential to benefit the everyday work of arborists; and Jack Kimmel International Grants of up to $10,000 provide research project support to arboriculture and urban forestry researchers all over the world.
The 2013 “Share the Experience” photo contest showcases our nation’s public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation areas - and draws entries from all across the United States. The winning photograph will appear on the 2015 America the Beautiful pass for entrance to 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. All entries have the chance to be featured on the Interior Department’s popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Prizes include a $15,000 cash prize, a Columbia backpack, a pass to the national parks and other federal lands, and other items for the grand prize winner. Second and third place winners, as well as 7 Honorable Mention winners, will also receive prizes.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2013
Eligible Applicants: Anyone can submit a photograph
The Surdna Foundation's Sustainable Environments Program seeks to foster just and sustainable communities. The program works to overhaul our country’s outdated and crumbling infrastructure with an approach that will foster healthier communities. By focusing on urban areas and their surrounding suburbs, the Foundation seeks solutions that connect and improve these infrastructure systems in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental, economic, and social consequences.
Every Day Capacity Building Grants: Public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused on serving public land sites in the nation and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. Sometimes these organizations are called Friends Groups, sometimes Cooperating Associations, sometimes, simply a partner. Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands.
Application Deadline: Proposals for the summer cycle are due April 30; winter cycle proposals are due October 30.