These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Applications are reviewed three times a year; the deadlines are the 1st of February, June, and October. Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle.


Priority is given to applicants that:

Address our funding priorities from a holistic perspective*

  • Protect Earth's beauty and bounty.
  • Create a robust, healthy food system.
  • Increase opportunities for outdoor activity.
  • Reduce environmental health hazards.
  • Build stronger communities.

Operate with clearly defined objectives and viable plans to achieve them.

Demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level.

Promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.


*Please review Our Mission & Priorities for more details.

Areas not funded:

  • Individuals
  • State agencies
  • Religious groups
  • Seminar, media, or fundraising events (e.g., "Fun Runs") that are not an integral part of a broader program
  • Capital construction
  • Endowment funds
  • Deficit funding
  • For national organizations with local chapters, we may fund either the national organization OR a local chapter located nearby our offices.

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Small Grants Information
  • The next small grants deadline is February 1, 2019 at 11:59PM, EST
  • Announcements have been sent out by email for the grant cycle that closed on June 1, 2018. Please note if you have had staffing changes since you applied; our notice may have been sent to an unused email address.
  • Wondering what financial documents to include in your application? For general support, we accept your most recent 990 and P&L for the current year and last year. For specific project requests, we also require a detailed budget including income and expense
  • At this time, only US-based 501(c)3 organizations (or groups with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor) are eligible for our small grants programs. We do not accept applications from equivalent organizations in other countries.