List of available grants
This fall, SeedMoney will be awarding 100 garden grants ranging in size from $200-$600 to US-based and global food garden projects. We will be doing this through our 4th Annual Giving Gardens Challenge, a 4-week online giving campaign running from November 15th to December 15th. Deadline to apply is November 12.
We offer two types of grants: challenge grants and merit grants. Challenge Grants ($400) are awarded to the 50 projects that raise $600 or more the fastest using our crowdfunding tools. Merit grants ($200) will be awarded to projects that don’t win Challenge Grants but which we deem worthy of support. We will also award an additional $600 bonus grant to the project that raises the most.
Click here to access the grant application and more information: https://seedmoney.org/apply/
Pennsylvania American Water Company and West Virginia American Water Company Environmental Grants Program
The Pennsylvania American Water Company and the West Virginia American Water Company conduct their Environmental Grants Program in the spring of each year. The due date for applications in 2018 was March 26.
Projects must take place in an American Water service area, address source water protection, and be carried out by partnership of between two or more organizations, be completed between May 1 and November 30 of the year of application, and be reported on in writing by in December of the year. Applications must use the Standard Application Form, be submitted by mail or e-mail no later than the annual due date “to your local coordinator referenced in the cover letter accompanying this brochure,” and request no more than $10,000.
Applications must include:
1. Grant Application Cover Page (provided) as your cover sheet.
2. Project description summarizing expected (measurable) outcomes in no more than 2 or 3 sentences.
3. Project Description not to exceed 4 pages, in 12-point font, that includes:
Project Need and Objectives
Description of the issue the project will address, the target population, and number of
people that would benefit
Specific objectives and measurable outcomes anticipated
Timetable, incl. major milestones, tasks, and anticipated completion dates
Description of community involvement and roles of partners
Partner organizations and their involvement in/contributions to the project
For Project Evaluation and Monitoring, specific, measurable goals.
3. Budget Summary Worksheet (provided) as specifically as possible on anticipated costs
4. Supporting Materials, if applicable:
List of American Water employees that serve on your organization’s Board of Directors
Annual reports, media kits, brochures, photos, press releases, news clippings, etc. that reference
The written report on project results/impact is due after the completion of the project in December of the year that it takes place. This report should present public educational materials produced for the project (publications, brochures, videos); copies of articles and media clippings written about the grant project;
and before-and-after photos, if possible; and how the funding was spent.
To learn about projects funded in 2018, see https://amwater.com/paaw/news-community/environmental-grant-program. For more information about the application process, see https://dnnh3qht4.blob.core.windows.net/portals/0/Environmental%20Grant%20Program/Environmental%20Grant%20Program%20Brochure%202018.pdf?sr=b&si=DNNFileManagerPolicy&sig=kPKK72cLBEOcnpCAAV8i79m3j39kaBI7Hz7G67SChfY%3D
EQT states that its “funding strategy endorses programs that directly touch the community and its residents, …projects that demonstrate positive, significant, measurable and sustainable impacts, grounded in solid research and analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues. Projects should be located in EQT’s service area.
Funding priorities are arts & culture, community & economic development, diversity, education, and environment. Organizations active in water quality monitoring and watershed protection should look into both the education and environment areas. For education, the relevant funding focus is on enhancing student proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas. For example, funding might be requested to support classes and training in water chemistry and biology that include actual field work. The “Environment” funding area focuses on the “preservation of natural resources through residents and businesses employing accepted conservation techniques and activities to minimize adverse impacts on the environment.”
Watershed conservation is expressly noted as an example.
For more information, see: https://www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation/funding-priorities
Inquiries should be directed to Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager, email@example.com, 412.553.7703
The Peoples Gas website indicates that it will make “financial contributions to both large and small organizations, giving priority to organizations and causes in our service territories that support direct human services, economic development, and environmental causes.” Organizations engaged in water quality monitoring and watershed protection fit the third funding area.
The webpage advises prospective applicants to allow a minimum 60-day lead time for
consideration and approval of requests. Your request must be submitted via the Contributions Request Form and must be accompanied by a current, completed W-9 form. Applicants can register online, and then use the very straightforward application form. See
NRG makes grants to support education, human welfare, and environment. The company’s webpage refers to the last category this way: “Environment grants fund initiatives that preserve natural resources or help to meet the environmental needs of communities where we operate.” Organizations engaged in water quality monitoring and watershed protection fit. The site goes on to say that preference in funding is given “to organizations and initiatives that have a meaningful and direct impact on the community, as well as nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are supported in partnership with the community. We encourage investing in initiatives that strengthen community involvement and inclusiveness.”
To submit a grant request, registration/login is required, at https://nrg.versaic.com/login.
George and Miriam Martin Foundation
The George and Miriam Martin Foundation tells prospective applicants to send a brief letter describing how a grant will help your organization preserve streams and wetlands. There are no deadlines and no formal grant guidelines. Grants have ranged from $1,000 to $200,000. Previous funded projects can be seen at http://themartinfoundation.org/grantHistory.htm
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Philadelphia, Pa 19103
Small Grantmakers Supporting Water Quality and Water Resources Projects September 2018
Cornell Douglas Foundation
The Cornell Douglas Foundation funds projects in five areas: Environmental Health & Justice, Land Conservation, Sustainability of Resources, Mountaintop Removal Mining, and Watershed Protection. Based in Maryland, the Foundation does fund projects in the 3RQ geographic area.
Grant size is $10,000-$15,000 with an average amount of $10,000. Applications are accepted at all times during the year. The application process is straightforward and easy. Applications are to be submitted by regular mail, not by email faxes. Provide the following:
- Introductory letter providing information about the organization
- 1 – 2 page summary of project for which funding is requested
- IRS determination letter of 501(c)(3) status
- Recent 990 form. *This can be submitted by email.
- Project and organizational line item budget
- Other sources of support: amounts secured and amounts requested
The application process can be reviewed at http://www.cornelldouglas.org/apply and http://www.cornelldouglas.org/check-list. Previously funded projects can be reviewed at http://www.cornelldouglas.org/grants
Cornell Douglas Foundation
4701 Sangamore Road
Suite 133 South
Bethesda, MD 20816