Grants & Funding Opportunities

American Electric Power Foundation Grants
The American Electric Power Foundation complements a tradition of corporate philanthropy exhibited by American Electric Power and its regional utilities in support of AEP's community relations goal: "To support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work." The Foundation generally will consider requests of not less than $15,000 or those for multi-year commitments from organizations in the communities served by AEP's regional utilities or where AEP has major facilities.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
Limited number of small grants up to $250 to school gardens and other educational programs that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Grant Program
The purpose of the program is to educate members and the public about Monarch conservation, to produce and distribute milkweeds that support reproduction by Monarch butterflies, and to restore Monarch habitats throughout the Texas migration flyway.

Captain Planet Foundation
Grants up to $2,500 to promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.

Cash for your Classroom
This guide is designed to help parents, teachers, and others create and run school fundraisers that are both fun and effective.

Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program
The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program supports local community and college and university recycling programs by providing bins to selected grant recipients for the collection of beverage container recyclables. Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation Community Grants
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection, and enhancement of the North American environment. The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA), an initiative of CEC, provides grants to nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in order to empower and build the capacity of local peoples and organizations to improve their health and environmental quality. NAPECA supports projects at the community grassroots level that support healthy communities and ecosystems, encourage climate change activities through the transition to a low-carbon economy, and advance innovative projects that assist in greening economies.

Entergy Open Grants
Entergy’s Open Grants Program focuses on improving communities as a whole. They provide funds for projects in the areas of arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, the environment and healthy families. These grants are available to communities where Entergy has operations.

EPA Training and Technical Assistance for Small Systems (new!)
EPA’s Fiscal Year 2014 appropriation directs the Agency to competitively award $12.7 to non-profit organizations to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small wastewater systems and private well owners, located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.  The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities.

Foundation Center
A great resource for locating funds and learning tips for writing your next grant proposal.

GenerationOn Family Volunteer Day Grants
GenerationOn is giving out Family Volunteer Day grants and event day service kits to 25 HandsOn Network Affiliates and non-profit organizations. Grants will support service projects that engage families in volunteering on November 22nd. 

Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world. Created by Points of Light 23 years ago, Family Volunteer Day is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving to 'kick off' the holiday season with giving and service, and to signal the start of National Family Week, sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators
The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes. Each year, the Grant Committee anticipates funding one or two grants for a total of $5,000.

Keep America Beautiful Grafitti Hurts
This program is designed to help communities kick start or expand a local grafitti prevention program.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Seed Grants
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in partnership with Native American Seed awards grants of seed (Seed Grants) to Texas schools (K-12) that support the Wildflower Center’s mission to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Seed grants can be used to establish wildflower demonstration areas, to enhance existing wildflower sites, or in other educationally directed projects.

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation - Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Grant
In its 25 year history, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has made more than $640 million in investments through more than 10,000 grants to more than 3,000 organizations and agencies in the United States and throughout the world.

National Environmental Education Foundation Grants
NEEF offers a variety of grants and awards in order to support and highlight the great work being done across the nation at the local level. We applaud and support individual and group commitment to nature through education and service.

ONEOK Foundation
Since its inception in 1997, the ONEOK Foundation has awarded $39 million in grants to support nonprofit organizations. Primary focus areas for our community investments are education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community improvement. We give priority consideration to educational programs and to health and human services organizations, particularly organizations with programs that help people become self-sufficient.

Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant
Local governments, non-profit organizations and other community groups are eligible to receive recycling bins to collect cans and bottles. For those communities selected to receive a grant, KAB will arrange to have the bins delivered directly to their facility.

Patagonia Environmental Grants
Patagonia funds environmental work, and is interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems, and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support. Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000.

Public Art Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) seeks to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better. The national award discovers and celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design along with their social and economic contributions to our nation's cities. The award was founded in 1986 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner and named in honor of his late father.  One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 are awarded each biennial. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the continental United States. 

Shade Structure Grant Program
The American Academy of Dermatology's shade structure grant program awards grants up to $8,000 each for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. The AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure. The AAD receives support for this program through its members.

TD Green Streets Grant Program

TD Green Streets supports innovative practices in community forestry. Through the program, municipalities are eligible to receive one of ten $20,000 grants in support of local forestry projects in low- to moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods. Funding will support the purchase of trees, tree planting and maintenance, and educational activities.

Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)
The TERP program provides financial incentives to eligible individuals, businesses or local governments to reduce emissions from polluting vehicles and equipment. Grant applications are accepted at different times throughout the year, depending on available funds.
Texas Clean School Bus Program
Grants awarded through this program help schools purchase and install emissions-reduction technologies. The program will award funds to school districts and charter schools as reimbursement for the cost of eligible projects that reduce diesel-exhaust emissions.

Tree North Texas Grant Program
The Texas Trees Foundation, in cooperation with corporate sponsors, has established the Tree North Texas Grant Program to contribute to its overall goals of beautification of the city through tree planting and education of the public about the importance of trees.

USDA Solid Waste Management Grants
This program helps reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources through funding for organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.

U.S. EPA Environmental Education Grants Program

The Grants Program sponsored by EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE), Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. EPA awards grants each year based on funding appropriated by Congress. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million.

U.S. EPA Region 9 Project Grants
EPA provides financial assistance grants to qualified applicants to support a variety of environmental programs and activities. EPA Region 9 works within the context of EPA's national grants program to provide funding opportunities specific to EPA's Pacific Southwest Region.

Waste Management Charitable Giving
Healthy thriving communities depend on involved citizens, organizations and corporate partners for momentum. Waste Management lends support and services to causes that promote civic pride, economic development and revitalization.

Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Program
Wells Fargo offers two environmental grant programs - focused on addressing local environmental priorities in our communities and providing support that fosters innovation to help accelerate a "green" economy.