Regional Funding Opportunities

August 20, 2019
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Bender Family Foundation: The Bender Family Foundation works to foster, preserve and fund arts, culture, education, history and environmental projects primarily in the City and County of Albany.

  • Location: Albany, NY
  • RFP Date: February 27, 2019
  • Amount: $5,000 and $10,000

Connecticut Ornithological Association: The purpose of the COA Mini-grant committee is to help fund and support initiatives within the state of Connecticut which specifically benefit the avian wildlife in our state. It has always been part of COA’s mission to reach out to all of those in Connecticut who appreciate our state’s birds and support bird management/conservation initiatives whenever possible.

  • Location: CT
  • RFP Date: Jan. 15
  • Amount: $2,500

Fields Pond Foundation: The primary mission of Fields Pond Foundation is to provide financial assistance to nature and land conservation organizations that are community-based and that serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues.

  • Location: New England and upper New York State.
  • Amount: $500 to $25,000

Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund: promotes conservation of Maine’s fish and wildlife habitat, acquisition and management of special places, endangered species, and conservation law enforcement.

  • Location: ME
  • RFP Date: January 15 (Spring Round) & July 15 (Fall Round)


Apache Corporation: Apache is committed to giving thoughtfully and beneficially to communities where we live and work by positively influencing the areas of the arts, education, the environment, health, military appreciation, employee giving and neighborhood resources through our charitable programs, strong community partnerships and employee engagement.

  • Location: LA
  • Date: January 1 and December 1

Manatee Community Foundation: MCF funds arts, human services, education, animal welfare, environmental, civic engagement, and health related causes.

  • Location: Florida
  • RFP Date: January 28, 2019


Audubon Society of Kalamazoo: Aims to provide financial assistance that will help students learn about and experience the natural world. Projects need not be directly related to birds. However, preference will be given to projects that include birds and/or outdoor experiences.

  • Location: MI school districts Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Otsego, Parchment, Plainwell, Portage, Schoolcraft, Vicksburg
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Date: September 30, 2019

Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation: supports education and the environment with a specific focus on educational grants to local schools, local environmental programs, and college scholarships for graduates of local high schools.

  • Location: WI
  • Date: January 1 to February 28, 2020

Consumers Energy Foundation: Environmental grants support removal of invasive species, conservation of natural resources and fostering of stewardship and environmental education

  • Location: MI
  • Amount: $1,000 to $10,000

Landowner Incentive Program: To help private landowners create and manage habitat for species that are rare or declining by providing management advice, assistance with management plans and cost-share funding to individuals and organizations proposing projects on private lands throughout Wisconsin.

  • Location: WI
  • Amount: $2,500 – $25,000, with a 25% match requirement

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program: The Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota.

  • Location: MN
  • Date: September 17, 2018
  • Amount: $5,000 to $400,000

Stamp Funds – Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl: To provide funding to support the development, maintenance, preservation, restoration and maintenance of each species and its associated habitat in Wisconsin. All non-profit conservation organizations and units of government are eligible to apply.

  • Location: WI
  • Amount: Funding is allotted in two-year cycles. On average, the following amount is available during each biennium: Wild Turkey = $1.5 million; Pheasant = $300,000; Waterfowl = $700,000

Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program: This grant aims to expand citizen and volunteer participation in natural resource monitoring by providing funding and assistance with high priority projects. Qualifying topics include monitoring of aquatic and terrestrial species, natural communities and environmental components such as water, soil and air.

  • Location: WI
  • RFP Date: May 12, 2019
  • Amount: $4,999


Cinnabar Foundation: Grants apply in the following program areas:  Stewardship of Public Lands, Land Use on Public and Private Lands, Protecting Open Space and Wildlife Habitat from Subdivision and Development, Maintaining or Restoring Landscape and Habitat Connectivity, Indiscriminate Natural Resource Extraction, Air and Water Quality and Quantity, Community Support and Advocacy for Sound Conservation and Environmental Policies

  • Location: Montana or Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • RFP Date: January 14 and March 31, 2019.
  • Amount: Less than $15,000

Great Outdoors Colorado Habitat Restoration Grants: GOCO offers competitive grant programs for outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in the state of Colorado. Habitat restoration grant cycle for proposals that seek to improve and restore Colorado’s rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat.

  • Location: CO
  • RFP Date: August 31, 2018
  • Amount: Maximum $100,000
  • More grant programs available at Great Outdoors Colorado

Icicle Fund: The Icicle Fund has furthered its mission by supporting non-profit organizations that develop North Central Washington as a region where nature, the arts, and an understanding of natural and human history encourage appreciation, care and stewardship of this special place.

  • Location: WA
  • RFP Date: March 1st, 2020
  • Amount: $7,500

Joseph & Vera Long Foundation: seeks to protect the natural environments of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting well-established organizations actively working to promote ecological integrity.

  • Location: Northern California or Hawaii.
  • RFP Date: Period 1: 2/4/2019 through 2/25/2019 and Period 2: 7/8/2019 through 7/29/2019
  • Amount: Period 1: $50,000 – $200,000 and Period 2: $10,000 – $49,000

Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund: Grant program aims to initiate, augment, or simply fund projects or activities to help maintain viable and sustainable wildlife populations into the future, especially in Wyoming and Jackson Hole, through support of research, education, habitat protection and habitat restoration.

  • Location: WY
  • RFP Date: January 15, 2020
  • Amount: $1-5,000

Oregon Advancing Conservation Excellence (ACE) Grant: The Oregon ACE program is to ensure highly effective, sustainable Oregon land trusts by building their capacity to generate broad and deep support for land conservation, support community priorities, and strategically conserve and steward the region’s natural heritage, agricultural lands, and high quality of life.

  • Location: OR
  • Grant Amount: Grant requires minimum 20% cash match against grant request
  • RFP Date: October 19, 2018

Oregon Wildlife Foundation Grants: offers small grant awards to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), tax-exempt organizations, volunteer groups with a fiscal sponsor, and qualified individuals for projects that fall within the following areas: 1) fish and/or wildlife habitat restoration, 2) public access preservation, restoration, or improvement, 3) natural resource or outdoor education, 4) invasive species removal or control, and 5) studies that support improved fish/wildlife management.

  • Location: OR
  • RFP Date: Quarterly, 1/14/19, 4/9/19, 7/22/19, 10/14/19
  • Amount: $5,000 or less

Sacramento Audubon Conservation Grant: Sacramento Audubon Society would like to fund community-based conservation projects that promote the mission of the Society.  We believe that when organizations work together, we can exponentially magnify our impact.  The projects should conserve (or restore) habitats, or help protect species.

  • Location: Within 50 miles of Sacramento, CA
  • RFP Date: December 15, 2018.
  • Amount: $500 to $2,000

Shield-Ayres Foundation: The foundation’s environmental grants are targeted at reducing the impact of growth and development on our environment with working areas of: land and water conservation, endangered species protection, environmental education, access to natural spaces and advocacy for public policy initiatives to support environmental stewardship.

  • Location: TX: Edwards Plateau, the Gulf Coast, and the Trans Pecos regions
  • RFP Date: February 15 to August 15

The above granting agencies were pulled from small grant applications where applicants received matching funds from these various grant opportunities.