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Annie's Grants for Gardens

Grants for Gardens - Annie's Homegrown

Annie's Grants for Gardens are provided to K-12 school gardens nationwide that connect children directly to real food. Grants may be used to purchase any supplies for an edible garden, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Public, charter, and private schools, as well as school districts, are eligible to apply. Online applications must be submitted by November 11, 2017. Visit the company’s website to review the grant guidelines: http://www.annies.com/giving-back/grants-for-gardens 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Short Notice, but a grant opportunity!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a nationwide program that honors young people in grades five to twelve who are volunteering in their communities. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Youth who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during t...he 12 months prior to the date of application are eligible to apply. Local Honorees are selected in late fall and from those winners two State Honorees (one middle level school student and one high school student) are chosen in each state and the District of Columbia. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition events. Out of the State Honorees, ten National Honorees are selected to receive an additional award of $5,000 as well as a $5,000 grant for a nonprofit organization of their choice. The application deadline is November 7, 2017. Visit the Prudential website for online application information.

West Virginia Source Water Application Protection Program Mapping Application

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health Office of Environmental Health Services

 West Virginia Source Water Application Protection Program

Mapping Application

 Project Description

Public Access: http://oehsportal.wvdhhr.org/wvswap/index.html

 The goal of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health Source Water Protection (SWP) program is to help prevent degradation of source waters, which may preclude present and future uses of drinking water supplies to provide safe water in sufficient quantity to users.

 To meet this responsibility, SWP collects and manages information about the locations of Potential Sources of Significant Contaminant (PSSC) in West Virginia in a Geographic Information System (GIS). They also work with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies to share information with public drinking water systems about PSSCs.

 The SWAP program has developed a web application to aid the public in identifying their Public Water Source’s protection area and seeing PSSCs in relation to that protection area. The goal of the public application is to provide a centralized location for water system representatives, cooperating agencies, and the public, to access data that is essential to source water protection. Data housed in this application include source water protection areas (created to aid in prioritizing threats and planning protective strategies). The application also includes data that has been collected by the SWP program relating to PSSCs. Finally, the application contains a collection of data supplied by state and federal agencies that may also be sites with PSSC data. A second, secure application provides specific users the ability to view confidential information that cannot be openly distributed to the public. A user must apply to obtain access to the secure application and will be given rights to view only the data pertaining to a water system that they represent.

 The various layers of PSSC data is not necessarily complete, accurate or up to date. It is a starting point to enable source water protection with knowledge of protection area locations and sites of potential concern identified by state and federal agencies. The ultimate determination of whether these points are actually a source of contamination to public drinking water is best left to the local source water protection team.

 If you have questions regarding this application or require permissions as a secure application user, please contact:

 DHHR OEHS GISTA Help Desk at dhhroehsgista@wv.gov or (304) 356-4309

 Download site for protection areas:



Seeds for Education Grant Program


Seeds for Education Grant Program

  • Attract songbirds and butterflies to your schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses.
  • Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science.
  • Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management; enhance sustainability and green-school certification.

Teachers and students across the US are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.

By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills – including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.

We offer assistance for all aspects of such projects. Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information specific to your area – anywhere in the US. In the past decade, we’ve supported over a thousand such projects, and we can use this experience to help you.

Applications for awards for next year are due October 15th.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

I have an idea or have already started a project – do I qualify for funding?
I like these ideas – how do I start a project?
I have a project started, but am having some problems – where can I get help?

Electronic Applications for SFE Awards

Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15th of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15th of the grant year.

Please read the cover letter and instructions (pdf) before sending the SFE Application.

Click here to download the SFE-Application (pdf). This is a PDF fill-in form that you can access through Adobe Reader.  Note: do not use the preview mode available on some browsers, please use Adobe Reader to fill-in this form.  Click to download Adobe Reader.  Here is a copy of the application in a Word file if you have problems with the Adobe form SFE Grant Application.docx.

Once your project has been judged favorably and awarded a SFE grant, you will be expected to complete a final report by February 15th of the year following the grant award.  To download a copy of the report, click here SFE Final Report.

The American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLAC)

 The American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLAC)

AFLAC's philanthropic efforts in the community can be seen in four areas: health, education, youth, and the arts. From contributing to the John B. Amos Cancer Center to helping underwrite the creation of a new library.  AFLAC grants range from $1,500 to $2 million.  

Ongoing deadline. http://www.aflac.com/us/en/aboutaflac/communityinvolvement.aspx

State Farm Companies Grants Program

 State Farm Companies Grants Program 

The State Farm Companies Grants Program is committed to meeting the needs of company communities in the U.S. and Canada.  Support is provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies working in the areas of safety, community development, and education The Safe Neighbors category focuses on roadway safety, protecting homes, disaster preparedness, and personal financial security.  The Strong Neighborhoods category focuses on affordable housing, homeownership, and sustainable communities.  The K-12 Public Schools category focuses on teacher quality, service learning programs, and educational reform.

Grant requests are accepted at any time.   http://www.statefarm.com/about/part_spos/grants/cogrants.as

Ben & Jerry's Foundation

 Ben & Jerry's Foundation

Ben & Jerry's Foundation provides support to nonprofit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States that facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Foundation doesn't prioritize any particular issue area for funding; the focus is on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change in any number of areas. Grant applicants need to demonstrate that their projects will lead to societal, institutional, and/or environmental change; will address the root causes of social or environmental problems; and will lead to new ways of thinking and acting.

Requests are accepted throughout the year.   http://www.benjerry.com/foundation/guidelines.html  

ING Foundation

 ING Foundation

The ING Foundation is the charitable giving arm of ING in the Americas.  The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations addressing a variety of community needs and resources.  ING focuses on three primary areas:  financial literacy; education for youth; and diversity.  The ING Foundation supports 501c3 non-profit organizations providing unique programming and/or community, outreach initiatives directed toward our primary areas of focus; broad, strategic partnership opportunities that leverage our commitment to empowerment and focus on improving the lives of individuals in underserved communities across the country; and smaller, local programs and initiatives in key markets where their employees and customers live and work and where they have a large corporate presence.

Ongoing deadline.

The Dominion Foundation


Dominion Foundation grants are limited to organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Additional grants occasionally may be made directly from the corporation to sponsor special events that benefit a non-profit organization. Grants are made in four focus areas.

WV Sustainable Schools Awards and Grant Program application process

WV Sustainable Schools Awards and Grant Program

The WV Sustainable Schools (WVSS) application process is now open. In its fourth year, WVSS will again recognize schools that offer sustainability education to boost academic achievement and community engagement; save energy and reduce costs in their facilities; and protect health and foster wellness for students and staff. The application to become a WV Sustainable School is available at https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/application.html. WVSS has been developed under the framework of the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html). To be nominated as a U.S. Green Ribbon School, WV schools must first apply to the WV Sustainable Schools program. All public and private schools are invited to apply--the application deadline is January 6. For more information about the state and federal programs, or to access the intent to apply form, please visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/ or email sustainableschools@wvde.state.wv.us.

Additionally this year, we are offering a small grant opportunity to help schools move towards sustainability. Visit our Sustainable Steps program page at https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/awards-and-criteria.html.

The Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow

.All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations)


September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. International requests are also accepted, with preference given to international projects who have U.S.-based partners

.Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is: To give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities

.Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

•Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
•Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
•Have real environmental outcomes;
•Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities

.Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion

.(Note: Please do not contact the office for information about the status of your application.)

Restrictions on Use of Funds

Captain Planet Foundation funds may not be used for:
•Capital or building campaigns, purchase of real estate, or endowments
•General operating expenses, salaries, or stipends
•Beautification or landscaping projects
•Travel costs
•Field trips that are not an essential part of the proposed project (if included, identify the purpose of the field trip above, under “project activities.”)
•Scholarships to fund attendance to summer camps or other similar facilities
•Expensive equipment that can only be used once, used only by a small number of children, or is principally being purchased for the general use of the school or organization beyond the stated needs of project.
•Promotional items such as t-shirts, flyers, postcards, or signage
- See more at: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/#sthash.JoIO7QUB.dpuf

EPA Announces $15 Million in Supplemental Funds
EPA Announces $15 Million in Supplemental Funds to Clean up and Redevelop Contaminated Brownfields Sites Across the Country 

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $15 million in supplemental funding to help clean up contaminated Brownfields properties. The Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will help 41 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. 

“These funds – granted to communities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfields – will help boost local economies, create local jobs and protect people from harmful pollution by expediting Brownfield projects,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The RLF supplemental recipients are some of the nation’s top performers. Collectively, these communities have already leveraged more than $2.5 billion in clean up and redevelopment investment – the RLF funding announced today will help sustain that incredible progress.”

Revolving loan funds specifically supply funding for grant recipients to provide loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. When these loans are repaid, the loan amount is then returned to the fund and subgranted or re-loaned to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community for additional cleanup of brownfield sites. The supplemental grants range in funding from about $200,000 to $400,000 with an average grant award of $300,000.

This year’s supplemental funds will support an array of cleanup and redevelopment projects across the country. For example:

  • The City of Brea, Calif., will use its supplemental funding to clean sections of a former rail line, which will be reused as a rails-to-trails project for alternative transportation and recreation options. 
  • Cleanup of a downtown property in Great Falls, Mont., will allow Easter Seals Good Will to move forward with a $2.5 million redevelopment, which will create numerous construction and permanent jobs. 
  • A loan from the Indiana Finance Authority will go toward cleanup of the former Carpenter Manufacturing site, which will be redeveloped into a business park redevelopment creating approximately 100 jobs. 
  • The Land-of-Sky Regional Council will use the additional funding for cleanup at the former Chatham Mill in Salem, N.C. Once cleaned, developers plan to rehabilitate the 300,000 square foot structure into approximately 150 multifamily rental units.
  • In Nassau County, N.Y., funds will be used to address the last un-remediated parcel of Glen Cove’s 52 acre waterfront redevelopment area. 

There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites in the United States. EPA’s Brownfields program targets these sites to encourage redevelopment, and help to provide the opportunity for productive community use of contaminated properties. EPA’s Brownfields investments overall have leveraged more than $20 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from public and private sources and on average, $17.79 is leveraged for every EPA Brownfields grant dollar spent.

The funds have enabled the support of 90,000 jobs in cleanup, construction and redevelopment.

More information on EPA’s Brownfields program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

More information on Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grants: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/rlflst.htm

Cathy Milbourn

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EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans’ health. Nancy Stoner made the announcement today in Atlanta and awarded a grant to the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization. The group will use the funds to expand its Water Watch program to improve water quality and human health in local metro Atlanta neighborhoods.

EPA’s Urban Waters program funding supports communities’ efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas. The grants range from $30,000 to $60,000 for projects across the country,
including in a number of underserved communities. Recipients will promote the restoration of urban waters through community engagement and outreach, water quality monitoring and studies, and environmental education and training. To view a list of the projects that will be funded, visit http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding

Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, economic, recreational, employment and social opportunities in nearby communities. By promoting public access to urban waterways, EPA will help communities become active participants in restoring urban waters while improving and protecting their neighborhoods.

EPA’s Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 12 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community
-led revitalization efforts.

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership closely aligns with and advances the work of the White House’s place
-based efforts, including the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, to revitalize communities, create jobs and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the nation. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership also advances the work of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

Information on EPA’s Urban Waters program:

Information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership:

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. Community Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are provided for community improvement initiatives and K-12 public education projects. Funding priorities for community improvement initiatives include park, neighborhood, and community facility enhancements; outdoor learning programs; and community clean-ups. Funding priorities for public education projects include construction-related education initiatives; playground enhancements; clean-up, landscaping, and painting projects; and minor repair of public school buildings. Requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the company’s website to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Local Grants
Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Local Grants
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address pressing social, economic, and cultural needs in the communities the bank serves throughout the United States. While the priorities of specific company communities drive how funding is used, Local Grants typically fall into the following four generic categories: Community Development/Neighborhood Preservation, Education and Youth Development, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the bank’s website to access the online application information.

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation
The mission of the Ford Foundation is to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations worldwide that address the following social justice issues: Educational Opportunity and Scholarships, Democratic and Accountable Government, Economic Fairness, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights, Metropolitan Opportunity, and Social Justice Philanthropy. When assessing grant applications, the Foundation looks for long-term strategies, knowing that lasting social change requires decades of effort. Nonprofit organizations and international NGOs may submit online grant inquiries at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the specific initiatives listed under each of the issues as well as grant application information.

EPA'S Watershed Funding Tools Page

Watershed Funding


Committed watershed organizations and state and local governments need adequate resources to achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act and improve our nation's water quality. To support these efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created this Web site to provide tools, databases, and information about sources of funding to practitioners and funders that serve to protect watersheds.



New Tools:

Plan2Fund 3.0

Plan2Fund Objective Prioritization Tool


“Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan” Module

Moving Beyond Grants: Financing Watershed Protection


Resources for Nonprofit Organizations Requests for Proposals
Resources for State and Local Governments Federal Funding Programs
Resources for Funders Funding Databases
Sustainable Finance Tools Sustainable Finance Training

Alternate Foundations and Funding Sources

Alternate Foundations and Funding Sources

  •  The Environmental Grantmakers Association ( www.ega.org ) a project of the Rockefeller Family Fund and an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, helps its 250 member organizations become more effective environmental grantmakers through information sharing, collaboration and networking.
  • The Foundation Center ( www.foundationcenter.org) is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
  • The Grantsmanship Center ( www.tgci.com ) offers grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies. Numerous resources for grantseekers available at no cost on the website, the center include daily grant announcements from the Federal Register and indexes of funding sources.


  • Since 1990, the Institute for Conservation Leadership ( www.icl.org ) has worked to strengthen leaders, organizations, networks and coalitions that protect our Earth.  ICL offers public programs, custom-designed services, publications and tools to help groups more effectively accomplish their missions.  

  • The National Network of Grantmakers (www.nng.org) is an organization of individuals involved in funding social and economic justice. NNG works primarily within organized philanthropy.
  • Training Resources for the Environmental Community -- TREC’s ( http://trec.org/ ) mission is to catalyze the habitat conservation and wilderness protection community in Western North America. Activists helping activists with the business of activism, TREC offers coaching, consulting and training services focused on leadership development, capacity-building and leveraging resources to organizations dedicated to habitat conservation and wilderness protection in Western North America.

Investments in the Future of Rural America
Investments in the Future of Rural America

CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture, and cooperative business through education and leadership development. The Foundation supports national efforts related to its mission as well as programs within the CHS trade territory for regional, multi-state, or statewide projects.

This program area is primarily targeted at building leadership capacity in rural America through adult education and leadership initiatives. However, the CHS Foundation is open to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. The CHS Foundation may accept and fund proposals to support these projects.

All applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Please read the FAQ page before applying.

More here…

Onsite Systems Loan Program ~ A Solution to Pollution from Septic Systems

Onsite Systems Loan Program

A solution to pollution from septic systems

The EPA has been encouraging the States to expand their funding efforts into what is known as Non-Point Source projects.  As part of that plan, the DEP has been looking into various water quality issues to see if funding them would be feasible.

The Onsite Systems Loan Program was created in a joint effort between the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and allows each homeowner a maximum low interest loan of $10,000,

Partnering with the Housing Development Fund allows this program to help every rural neighborhood in the state. We're very excited to get this going."

Under the Onsite Systems Loan Program, there are no income or property value limits.

The program helps homeowners repair malfunctioning septic systems, assists in the financing of connections to newly constructed sewer systems, and install septic systems for existing homes.  The latter will significantly decrease the number of straight pipes into West Virginia rivers and streams.

To begin the process, homeowners can contact the West Virginia Housing Development Fund at 1-800-933-9843 or through its website www.wvhdf.comto obtain an application.  A credit review will be performed and a determination of eligibility will be made.  This is a loan program and funds will have to be repaid but at minimal, if any, interest. 

We are looking forward to a most successful program.


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