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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

Grants & Funding

State and regional programs

  • Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Grant Program
    The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee accepts grant applications to conduct Chesapeake Bay-related education and restoration activities. To be eligible for receiving a grant, applicants should submit proposals emphasizing environmental education or restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Chesapeake Bay Trust Grants
    Funds projects that create wetland habitat, improve water quality, and engage students and communities in restoration and environmental education projects.
  • Dominion’s Environmental Stewardship Grants
    The Dominion Foundation will consider grant requests that focus on specific, short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment.
  • James City County Watershed Protection Mini-grants
    Watershed protection mini-grants are available through the James City County's Protecting Resources in Delicate Environments (PRIDE) Program. Neighborhoods, storm water facility (BMP) owners, and community groups can qualify for up to $500. Projects emphasizing water quality improvement through watershed restoration/protection include tree planting, wetland planting, BMP restoration, and stream bank stabilization.
  • Virginia Environmental Endowment
    Grant-making priorities in the Virginia Program are focused on water quality, Chesapeake Bay, land conservation and use, environmental education and public awareness, and other emerging issues.

National

  • National Environmental Education Foundation
    The NEEF provides grants to strengthen the environmental education EE programs and to support the efforts of other organizations.
  • EPA Environmental Education Grants
    These grants are awarded annually to schools, nature centers, museums, and other nonprofit institution for professional development and training to educational providers including businesses, health care providers, community leaders, and adult populations.
  • Wal- Mart Foundation
    Wal-Mart provides grants in the areas of Community, Education, Children and the Environment. All requests for funding must be directed through your local Wal-Mart.
  • Toshiba American Foundation Grants for Grades K - 5 teaching math and science.
  • Jenny's Heroes Community Grant Program
    These grants are offered by talk show host Jenny Jones will donate up to $25,000 for each project that will promise long-term benefits to the community. There is no deadline.
  • The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
    This program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. The grant recipient learning centers are those which most successfully reflect the Wild Ones mission to educate and share information about the benefits of using native plants in our landscape and to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound environmentally sound practices
  • Outdoor Classroom Grant Program
    This is a partnership of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and the International Paper Foundation, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER classroom magazine. As part of Lowe's continued commitment to public education, Lowe's will provide more than $200,000 in outdoor classroom grants to benefit public schools nationwide. Teachers may apply for grants up to $2,000. For school districts with major outdoor classroom projects, grants may be awarded for up to $20,000.
  • National Geographic Society Education Foundation Teacher Grants
    The National Geographic Society will support individual teachers or teaching teams in the classroom, district or community for work in four areas: 1) exploring uses of new technologies; 2) expanding student experimental learning opportunities; 3) providing professional development and mentoring; and 4) engaging families and/or communities in education. Grant amounts vary from $500 to $5,000.

Resources

  • The Blue Sky Fund
    This organization is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children in Richmond, VA through outdoor based after-school programs.
  • DonorsChoose
    Support a classroom or submit a proposal. DonorsChoose accepts project proposals from teachers and posts it to the website. Private donors can visit the website and choose which projects to fund.
  • EPA Five-Star Restoration Program
    This program brings together citizen groups, corporations, youth conservation corps, students, landowners and government agencies to undertake projects that restore stream banks and wetlands. The program provides challenge grants, technical support, and peer information exchange to enable community-based restoration projects.
    Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.
  • Gardening for Kids Grants
    This website has resources and grant opportunities for school youth gardens.
  • Planet Connect
    Planet Connect offers an assortment of grants to promote environmental learning and stewardship.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center has available funding for individual community-based habitat restoration projects under the Community-Based Restoration Program (CRP). The CRP is a financial and technical assistance program that funds grass-roots, community-based activities that restore living marine resources and their habitats, including anadramous species (like salmon and herring that spawn in freshwater and migrate to the ocean.)
  • Watershed Funding offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a watershed funding website to provide tools, databases, and information about sources of funding to help non-profit watershed organizations, state and local governments and funders (such as foundations) more easily access information on how to effectively obtain and invest resources to improve watershed health.

Tools

  • GrantsAlert
    This website helps nonprofits; especially those involved in education, secure the funds they need to continue their important work.
  • Grant Writing Tips
    The National Institutes for Health offers tips for those looking for guidance in developing grant proposals.
  • The Grantsmanship Center
    This website offers general information about applying for grants and has consulting services.
  • Fundsnet Online Services
    Fundsnet Online is dedicated to providing nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet.