2010 Georgia River Network Conference


Chandra Brown (Keynote) - Coastal Issues Today: A Study in the Tragedy of the Commons

Joe Cook, April Ingle and Dana Skelton - Five Years of Paddle Georgia


What the Water Wars Mean for Georgia Today

Sally Bethea - Water Wars History and the Magnuson Ruling on Lake Lanier

Jenny Hoffner - Water Conservation and Efficiency: An Opportunity for Georgia to Meet its Water Needs, Lead and Innovate

Tommy Linstroth - Water Efficiency and Rehydrate US

April Ingle - Assessing Reservoir Plans in Georgia

Jenny Hoffner - Assessing Reservoir Plans in Georgia

Joe Cook - Interbasin Transfers in Georgia


Dr. Marsha Black - Pharmaceuticals in Our Waterways: The Issue and Solutions

Chandra Brown - Mercury on Our Tables and in Our Bellies

Gordon Rogers - Hydrologic Changes in the Flatwoods: Pavement's a Problem but Ditches Do it Too

Julie Stuart - Placetelling Mural

Kevin Smith - Solutions to Trash in Our Waterways

Gary Hopkins - Solutions to Trash in Our Waterways

2010 Annual Conference

A River Runs Through It: Our Stories & Our Work from Headwaters to Sea

Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2010
Jekyll Island, Georgia

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Business Fundraisers


Buy Coffee, Support Rivers

Cafe Campesino is the official coffee vendor of Paddle Georgia. Details about coffee will be available in the near future. Try out a special blend developed just for Georgia River Network. Café Campesino is a proud supporter of the Georgia River Network. When you purchase this special blend from Café Campesino, they will donate 10% of your coffee sale to GRN. If you want to help ensure a clean water legacy for our beautiful state and like great coffee, this robust blend of Guatemala, Sumatra, and Nicaragua Dark is for you. Product ID: 181 – GA River Network Special Blend, Full City Roast – Fair Trade, organic. Click the logo above to visit Cafe Campesino.

Lets Go Green

Visit LetsGoGreen.Biz to shop for green products for your home. Georgia River Network receives 25% of each dollar you spend. Just select Georgia River Network as the beneficiary when you check out.


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Buy Green, Support Rivers

Café Campesino
Cafe Campesino is the official coffee vendor of Paddle Georgia. Details about coffee will be available in the near future. Try out a special blend developed just for Georgia River Network. Café Campesino is a proud supporter of the Georgia River Network. When you purchase this special blend from Café Campesino, they will donate 10% of your coffee sale to GRN. If you want to help ensure a clean water legacy for our beautiful state and like great coffee, this robust blend of Guatemala, Sumatra, and Nicaragua Dark is for you. Product ID: 181 – GA River Network Special Blend, Full City Roast – Fair Trade, organic. Click here to visit Cafe Campesino via our special link.

Let's Go Green
Visit LetsGoGreen.Biz to shop for green products for your home. Georgia River Network receives 25% of each dollar you spend. Just select Georgia River Network as the beneficiary when you check out.

Book Store
Buy these book from the links provided below and help support Georgia River Network!

Etowah River User's Guide (Georgia River Network's Guidebook) 
by Joe Cook
The first in a series of Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the “Etowah River User’s Guide,” authored by Joe Cook and published in cooperation with Coosa River Basin Initiative, is an appealing and handy look at the biologically diverse and beautiful Etowah River in North Georgia. Printed on waterproof paper by the University of Georgia Press, the book offers a fascinating history of the area and information valuable for novice or experienced paddlers as well as fishermen. Designed to educate river users, enhance their on-river experiences, and allow them to safely explore the river. Each guide includes an introduction and overview of the river, chapters describing each river section with detailed maps and notes on river access and points of interest; a compact natural history guide featuring species of interest found along Georgia’s rivers, notes on safety and boating etiquette, a fishing primer, and notes on organizations working to protect the river.  You can buy the guidebook by calling us at 706-549-4508.  Price: $21 including tax, $24 including tax and shipping. The Chattahoochee River and Broad River User’s Guides will be released next.

Kase for the Environment
 (children's book!)
by Wayne Morgan & Dink NeSmith
Type in the comment box that you were referred by Georgia River Network and we will get 10% of the sale!

Satilla Solitude, 2nd Edition

by Wayne Morgan 

Type in the comment box that you were referred by Georgia River Network and we will get 10% of the sale!

Okefenokee Swamp - Wild & Natural
by Wayne Morgan & Don Berryhill
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Drifting Into Darien - hardcover
by Janisse Ray

Drifting Into Darien - paperback
by Janisse Ray

Drifting Into Darien - kindle
by Janisse Ray

Sunday's With Papa T 
by Tommy Bacheor 

A Paddler's Guide to Northern Georgia (Paperback)
by Bob Sehlinger & Don Otey

A Paddler's Guide to Southern Georgia (Paperback)
by Bob Sehlinger & Don Otey

A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Georgia 

by Suzanne Welander, Bob Sehlinger, Don Otey

The Nonprofit Mergers Workbook: The Leader's Guide to Considering, Negotiating, and Executing a Merger
by David La Piana, Vincent Hyman (Editor)

Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses

by Charles Seabrook

Raise More Money : The Best of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal 

by Kim Klein (Editor), Stephanie Roth (Editor)

Fundraising for Social Change

by Kim Klein

Measures of Success: Designing, Managing, and Monitoring Conservation and Development Projects
by Richard Margoluis, Nick Salafsky, Anna Balla

Non-Profit Boards That Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance
by Maureen K Robinson

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's Guide to the Chattahoochee
by Fred Brown and Sherri M.L. Smith


by Joe and Monica Cook
This stunning photographic record of a source-to-sea river adventure makes a compelling argument for the preservation of one of the country's most beautiful, but threatened, waterways, the Chattahoochee River.

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
by Janisse Ray
The scrubby forests of southern Georgia, dotting a landscape of low hills and swampy bottoms, are not what many people would consider to be exalted country, the sort of place to inspire lyrical considerations of nature and culture. ...Ray grew up in a junkyard outside what had been longleaf pine forest, an ecosystem that has nearly disappeared in the American South through excessive logging. Her family had little money, but that was not important; they more than made up for material want through unabashed love and a passion for learning, values that underlie every turn of Ray's narrative. She finds beauty in weeds and puddles, celebrates the ways of tortoises and woodpeckers, and argues powerfully for the virtues of establishing a connection with one's native ground.

The Flint River A Recreational Guidebook To The Flint River And Environs

by Fred Brown and Sherri M.L. Smith

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For resources about how to apply for grants, take a look at our fundraising resources HERE.

Grant Resources

Before submitting a proposal to any funder, be sure to obtain their current guidelines and read them thoroughly.

Abelard Foundation East

Abelard Foundation East is a family foundation with a 40-year history of progressive funding. The Foundation is committed to supporting social change organizations which reflect, through membership or grassroots participation, the communities in which they are based; expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community's well-being; and build a strong informed voice on public policy issues. The Foundation's eastern office reviews applications for organizations east of the Mississippi. The eastern office accepts proposals throughout the year. However, applications mailed by March 15th will be reviewed for the spring meeting and applications mailed by September 15th will be reviewed for the fall meeting. Click here for more information.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Festival Grants Program

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Festival Grants Program provides grants to a wide variety of U.S. film festivals. Grant recipients include major international film festivals, independent and alternative festivals, and those that support social and cultural diversity. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, give screening access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and bring the public into contact with films and filmmakers. Grants are available only to festivals that have been held for at least five years. Grant range information and application guidelines are available on the website. The 2016 grant cycle for Film Watch and Film Craft programs is over. The Academy Film Scholards deadline is January 31, 2016. 

AEC Trust Technical Grants

AEC Trust Technical Grants are made to charitable organizations seeking technical assistance. Click here. Deadlines: April 1 and September 1.

AGL Resources

They support environmental stewardship projects such as clean air, conservation, & green space. Unsolicited grants are welcome but are rarely approved. Currently the Foundation is only accepting grants requests from organizations invited to apply. For more information:  Click here.

Alcoa Foundation

A significant percentage of Alcoa Foundation grants originate in Alcoa communities (Georgia offices are located in Eastman and Norcross). The Foundation's funding focus is around four distinct Areas of Excellence: Conservation and Sustainability, Safe and Healthy Children and Families, Global Education and Workplace Skills, and Business and Community Partnerships. Organizations interested in applying for a grant should contact the Alcoa facility nearest them. Local Alcoa contacts in our communities will then make recommendations to Alcoa Foundation for funding. For all grant inquiries, it is recommended that a concept paper be submitted via e-mail to the local Alcoa grant contact or to Alcoa Foundation before a formal grant proposal is prepared. The concept paper will be reviewed by the Alcoa location contact or by an Alcoa Foundation staff member, and they will contact the organization. Click here for more information.

Ben and Jerry's Foundation

Ben and Jerry's Foundation provides grants ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 for grassroots organizing that leads to environmental change and addresses the root causes of environmental problems. The pre-application deadline is April 15, 2016 and the full proposal is due July 15, 2016. Click here for more information.

Boat U.S. Foundation (Safe Boating Grants)

BoatU.S. Foundation is dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating. Grants of up to $4,000 are provided to local volunteer organizations for the promotion of boating safety education and clean boating education. Applications will be available in January 2016, check back for deadlines to be posted. Click here

Butler Foundation

The Foundation provides grants for land conservation and wildlife protection. The Foundation has a strong interest in grassroots river activist organizations. Grants to local groups in the past range from $100 - $1000. Call 212-980-0606 for information. No deadlines.

Captain Planet Foundation

They provide grants to organizations that promote an understanding of the environment and involve youth ages 6-18. Grants range from $250 - $2,500. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are January 31 for fall and winter projects and September 30 for spring and summer projects. EcoTech grant requests are due March 15, 2016.  Click here for more information. 

Climate Solutions University

This program works to empower local, rural community organizations or governments in the U.S. to become resilient in the face of a changing climate by protecting their forest and water resources and their resource-dependent livelihoods.  The CSU program invests in a multi-year engagement with community organizations (NGOs, local government, or civic groups) to build a local team, assess their climate risks and develop a climate adaptation plan focused on forest and water to be implemented over the next several years.  CSU application materials are available at www.mfpp.org with an extended deadline.

Common Counsel's Grantee Exchange Fund (GXF)

Common Counsel's Grantee Exchange Fund provides discretionary small grants to build bridges between grassroots organizations throughout the United States. The Grantee Exchange Fund was established to encourage social change organizations to seek technical assistance from one another, and to help build regional and national networks among organizations. GXF prioritizes grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities. The program strives to meet three major goals To strengthen the ability of small organizations to participate in public debates; To strengthen key cross-region and cross-sector movements; and To contribute to collaborative policy victories in the realms of social, environmental and economic justice. GXF awards grants averaging $300-$800 to approximately 45 organizations per year to cover training, travel or conference expenses. The Fund typically makes grants to grassroots community-based organizations working on economic, environmental and social justice initiatives that give voice to the needs of low-income people, women, youth, and people of color. Applications should be submitted on the first Monday of each month. Click here for more information.

The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation funds projects in the 23 county Metro Atlanta area. 

Community Foundation for Central Savannah River Area

Grant applications are accepted from January 1st thru July 31st. Following an evaluation process, The Community Foundation awards grants based on identified community issues and the relative merit of the proposals received. The Community Foundation considers grant applications from organizations that are determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities or other charitable, educational or cultural organizations. The organization must provide programs and services to the Greater Augusta area, including one or more of the following six counties : Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Burke, Aiken and Edgefield. The Community Foundation does not set a minimum amount for grant awards. The Community Foundation requires that application requests do not exceed $15,000.00. It is preferred that funds granted by The Community Foundation are to be matched by funding from other sources. Organizations are to submit only one grant application to The Community Foundation per calendar year. The Community Foundation considers and funds applications in seven major program areas including Environment/Health/Human Services. Click here.

Conservation Alliance

Conservation Alliance funds projects that seek to protect a specific wild land or waterway for its habitat and recreational values. The campaign should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the conservation effort. They do not fund general education or scientific research projects. All projects should be quantifiable with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, and should include a clear measure for evaluating success. The project should have a good chance of closure or significant measurable results over a fairly short term (one to three years). To apply, you must have a member of Alliance first nominate you. Nominations due May 1 and November 1 annually. You can learn more at the website.

Conservation Fund

The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program, a collaboration of the Eastman Kodak Company, the National Geographic Society, and the Conservation Fund, provides seed grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways, trails, and waterways in communities throughout America. The focus is on setting aside corridors of protected public and private land established along rivers, ridges, abandoned railroad corridors, utility right-of-ways, canals, scenic roads, or other linear features. Most grants range from $500 to $1,000; the maximum grant is $2,500. Visit the Conservation Fund’s website for current grants and application guidelines.

Corcoran Education Grant

North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA) offers up to $1000 to sponsor a project or projects to educate the general public about native North American fishes and their environment. The Gerald C. Corcoran Education Grant funds such educational projects as: producing and distributing educational materials (books, brochures, posters, displays, video, Internet resources, etc.), stream surveys with public education as a primary goal, public lectures, nature center displays, school materials and displays, and teacher training workshops. The award was established in memory of past NANFA President Gerald C. Corcoran, who stressed public education regarding the continent's native fishes. NANFA is an organization made up of home and professional aquarists, university and other professional researchers, conservationists, anglers and naturalists. As its name implies, the group is dedicated to the study and conservation of North America's native fishes. Grant proposals are due March 31 annually. Qualifying applicants must be members of NANFA but non-members may submit their annual dues with their proposals. For additional information, contact: Robert Denkhaus at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge at (817) 237-1111, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here.

Department of Agriculture: Solid Waste Management Grant Program

This program supports projects to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and to improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. Applications will be accepted from October 1 through December 31 of each calendar year. 

EPA Environmental Education Grants

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. To learn more and apply, go to https://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) established the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) in fiscal year (FY) 1994. The purpose of this grant program is to support and empower communities that are working on local solutions to local environmental and/or public health issues. The EJSG Program is designed to assist recipients in building collaborative partnerships that will help them understand and address the environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders involve well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain and sustain the partnerships, and to work towards addressing the local environmental and/or public health issues. Visit the website for more information. 

EPA Grants 

Click here to learn more.

EPA Environmental Education Model Grant

EPA’s Environmental Education Model Grant Program is currently accepting applications. The program works to engage communities across the country through educational projects that have a lasting impact on local watersheds and air quality. This year’s competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Grants will be awarded from each of the ten EPA regional offices and EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for a total of 22 to 32 grants. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000. For more information, please visit the website.

EPA Targeted Watershed Grants

Click here for more information.

EPA Urban Waters Small Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award up to $1.6 million in funding through its Urban Waters program. The funding is for projects taking place in 18 Eligible Geographic Areas that protect and restore urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. For more information, go to the website.

The EPA Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs)

WPDGs provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. While WPDGs can continue to be used by recipients to build and refine any element of a comprehensive wetland program, priority will be given to funding projects that address the three priority areas identified by EPA: Developing a comprehensive monitoring and assessment program; improving the effectiveness of compensatory mitigation; and refining the protection of vulnerable wetlands and aquatic resources. States, Tribes, local governments (S/T/LGs), interstate associations, intertribal consortia, and national non-profit, non-governmental organizations are eligible to apply. Visit the website to learn more. There are currently no open request for proposals (as of January 2016). 


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CARE Cooperative Agreement Request for Proposals (RFP) was not issued for the year 2012. This request for proposals (RFP) announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities for financial assistance through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) competitive grant program. Therefore, information on CARE grants can be found here and here. CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources.

The CARE grant program works with applicants and recipients to help their communities form collaborative partnerships, develop an understanding of the many local sources of toxic pollutants and environmental risks, set priorities, and identify and carry out projects to reduce risks through collaborative action at the local level. CARE’s long-term goal is to help communities build self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve human health and local environments into the future.


ESRI assists nonprofits with acquiring GIS software.  Click here.

Eugene Odum Environmental Grants Program

The Eugene Odum Environmental Grants Program promotes opportunities for young people to learn about environmental issues and develop a vision for solving environmental problems through hands-on activities. Examples of concerns that might be addressed in proposal include: land and watershed restoration, water conservation, energy conservation, solid waste management, recycling, composting, pollution control, emissions reduction, or wildlife protection. Proposals are accepted from K-12 students in Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Jackson and Oglethorpe Counties. Previous recipients are encouraged to apply again. Winning proposals will be selected based upon merit and feasibility and the degree of student involvement in planning and implementing projects. A maximum of $200 is available for each project.  For more information, visit the Eugene Odum Environmental Grants Program.

FishAmerica Foundation

Since 1983, the FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $12.1 million to 1,007 projects in all fifty states and Canada to enhance fish populations, restore fishery habitats, improve water quality and advance fishery research to improve sportfishing opportunities and help ensure recreational fishing’s future. The FishAmerica Foundation has had tremendous success in leveraging a myriad of funding sources to support nationwide fisheries conservation and habitat restoration projects, especially grant dollars. With each dollar being leveraged nearly nine times, the foundation demonstrates its important role in working with community-based conservation organizations, along with state and federal biologists, to help improve recreational fishing and boating opportunities. Additionally, the FishAmerica Foundation involves and educates community volunteers on the conservation and recreational benefits for each project awarded funding. Over the years, the foundation, along with its federal, regional, state and community partners, have made great strides in both small and large, urban and rural communities to improve habitat for fisheries conservation, creating more recreational fishing opportunities along the way. For grants information or if you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (703) 519-9691.

Five-Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program

The Five-Star Project, funded by EPA and supporting corporate partners, provides grants on a competitive basis to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects. Supported projects should build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities. The stars in "Five-Star" are the partners, funders, and participants necessary to complete the project. Projects should involve diverse partnerships of ideally five organizations, including schools, universities, businesses, community groups, local governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations, etc.

The Urban Waters Project is funded by USDA Federal Service (USFS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA), as well as various other support partners, through Federal Urban Waters Partnership. This project supports projects designed to improve water quality, increase access, and restore riparian and forest habitate in urban watersheds throughout the United States. All projects submitted must have a minimum 1:1 match of non-federal funds. Click here for more information about this program.  

The Fund for Southern Communities

The Fund for Southern Communities is a publicly supported foundation established in 1981 to provide grants and technical assistance to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The Fund invites applications from organizations fighting discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or physical and mental disabilities; struggling for the rights of workers; promoting self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised communities; protecting the environment; promoting and/or creating non-traditional arts and media; promoting peace. The next deadline will be announced in spring 2016. Further information is available at the foundation’s website.

The Fund for Wild Nature

The Fund for Wild Nature provides grants to grassroots projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for campaigns to save and restore native species and wild ecosystems, including actions to defend wilderness and biological diversity. The Fund seeks proposals with visionary, as well as realistic, goals to create tangible change. Special attention is given to ecological issues not currently receiving sufficient public attention and funding. They rarely support organizations with organizational budgets in excess of $250,000. The fund supports advocacy, litigation, public policy work, developemnt of citizen science, and similar endeavors. The deadlines are May 1 and October 1. Visit their website...d.. 

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation supports a wide range of organizations that improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates, and where company employees live and work. (A map of the Georgia-Pacific facilities and locations is available online here.) The Foundation’s areas of interest include: education, community enrichment, and the environment. 


Gro1000 is ScotssMiracle-Gros commitment to the development of gardens and green spaces around the world. By 2018, they hope to help create over 1000 community greenscapes in the US, Canada and Europe. Up to 100 grants will be given out, as much as $1500 per grant. For more info, go here.

The American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation supports projects in the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation defines "youth" as prenatal through 21 years of age. "Scientific education" encompasses the physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences. The Foundation provides grants for K-12 education, higher education, and other nonprofit organizations that focus on youth and/or scientific education. Only projects that are national in scope will be considered for funding by the Foundation. Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year.

The Impact Fund

The Impact Fund awards grants to non-profit legal firms, private attorneys and/or small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice and/or poverty law. They seek to provide funding for public interest litigation that will potentially benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, or raise public consciousness. The Impact Fund has awarded over $4 million in general and donor-advised grants, since its inception. The Impact Funds awards grants four times per year, with the average grant size being $5,000 - $15,000. The maximum grant amount awarded to any single applicant per year is $25,000. Deadlines for the summer 2016 grant cycle are: letters of interest due April 21, 2016 and applications by May 12, 2016.

Ittleson Foundation

Ittelson Foundation supports innovative pilot, model and demonstration projects that will help move individuals, communities, and organizations from environmental awareness to environmental activism by changing attitudes and behaviors. Initial letters of inquiry due by April 1st or September 1st.

Lyndhurst Foundation

The mission of the Lyndhurst Foundation is the ongoing revitalization of the Chattanooga area and the conservation of the region surrounding it. Grants are distributed primarily at the initiative of the foundation through the cultivation of strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations that can assist Lyndhurst in the pursuit of its goals. The foundation will also award grants on a very limited basis for projects that reflect the individual priorities of family trustees who do not live in the Chattanooga area. Lyndhurst conducts quarterly board meetings which typically occur in February, May, August and November. Proposals are due six weeks in advance of the board meeting dates. Program staff will be available to work with applicants to ensure that materials are delivered on a timely basis and in the required format.

The KEEN Effect

The KEEN Effect supports projects and initiative around the world that result in an increase of responsible outdoor participation. Approximately 25 non-profit organizations around the world will be granted a total of $100,000 to bring their projects to life. Applications are only being accepted from tax exempt, not for profit organizations. To learn more, go here

Kresge Foundation: Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity

The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program is launching a new initiative, Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity, to improve the resilience of low-income, urban communities in the face of climate change. The initiative is intended to assist community-based nonprofits positioned to help influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, and related policy development and implementation. The focus is on ensuring that climate resilience activities such as the management of precipitation from intense storms, efforts to reduce the health effects of heat waves, and the availability of clean energy technologies reflect the knowledge, priorities, and needs of low-income residents.  The Foundation expects to award as many as 20 planning grants of up to $100,000 each.  Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about this initiative and the application process.

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Babcock Foundation funds the development of skills for local leaders to engage in state policy, formal and informal coalitions in inclusive communities to solve community problems, and projects to address poverty and racism. There are no proposal deadlines. However, the board reviews proposals in June and October each year.  For more information, click here.

Merck Family Fund

The goal of the Merck Family Fund’s Sustaining Our Environment program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to create policies for sustainable production practices. To meet this goal, the Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following three priority areas: Promoting Energy Efficiency, Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land, and Making Paper Production Sustainable. To promote energy efficiency, the Fund supports state and regional policies in the Northeast and Southeast that provide incentives and subsidies for energy efficiency implementation. To conserve ecologically valuable land, the Fund provides grants for land conservation projects in the Southeast. To make paper production sustainable, the Fund seeks to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the Sustaining Our Environment program. For the November 2016 grant cycle, letters of interest are due by July 18, 2016 and the full proposal by August 1, 2016.

The Laura Jane Musser Fund

The Laura Jane Musser Fund supports nonprofit organizations nationally in the areas of solving environmental problems, encouraging environmental stewardship and promoting intercultural harmony. Support in all three categories is generally provided for projects that are new or within the first three years of operation. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $35,000. Visit the Fund's website for detailed information on each funding category.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has a variety of grant programs. Projects that benefit multiple species, achieve a variety of resource management objectives, and/or lead to revised management practices that reduce the causes of habitat degradation are favored. A special emphasis is placed on larger projects that demonstrate a landscape-level approach and produce lasting, broad-based results on the ground. There are special funds available for projects dealing with southern rivers and also southern mussels. Click here for more information.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Bring Back the Natives

Bring Back the Natives: A Public-Private Partnership for Restoring Populations of Native Aquatic Species, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, focuses on restoring, protecting, and enhancing native aquatic species, especially on lands on or adjacent to federal agency lands. This program funds projects that initiate partnerships with private landowners, demonstrate successful collaborative efforts, and address watershed health issues. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations; universities; Native American tribes; and local, state, and federal agencies. These grants require a $2 non-federal match for each federal dollar requested by applicants. Program details and application guidelines are available on the Wildlife Foundation website.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, seeks to develop nationwide community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. The focus is on ecological improvements, including wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and water quality monitoring and stormwater management. The program requires the establishment of diverse partnerships of at least five organizations (nonprofit organizations, local and state government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions) that contribute to project success. Projects must also integrate meaningful outreach, education, and training into the proposed on-the-ground activities that advance local watershed and conservation goals. Grants for this program are available nationwide, but additional funding is available for specific geographic priorities. Matching grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000, with an average of $30,000. The application deadline is January 31, 2017. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the Request for Proposals.

Acres for America

Acres for America, a partnership between Wal-Mart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the program is to offset the footprint of Wal-Mart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through conservation of critical habitats. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, etc.), State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans. Click here for more information.

National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program

The National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is requesting proposals for projects that assist nonprofit organizations to be effective co-stewards of the important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. This program provides seed grants to innovative proposals that seek to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the Refuge System nationwide. This year's grant program will prioritize proposals that facilitate wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on refuges and reach new audiences to increase their support for the Refuge System’s mission. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, including Refuge Friends organizations, Cooperative and Interpretive Associations, Audubon Chapters, and other citizen support organizations interested in assisting a National Wildlife Refuge or the Refuge System as a whole. Click here for more information.

The Nature of Learning Grant Program

The Nature of Learning Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, supports costs associated with implementing The Nature of Learning, a conservation education program that uses National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms in order to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues. Start-Up grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to support initial expenses associated with new programs. Follow-Up grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to provide continued support to existing The Nature of Learning Programs. Funded programs must involve a partnership among a local school(s), community group (e.g., Refuge Support Group), and National Wildlife Refuge. 

National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation supports projects that address community-based forest stewardship, watershed health and restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, and recreation issues in proactive ways. Projects should complete innovative on-the-ground conservation work in partnership with other community groups. The Foundation’s matching awards program focuses on “action-oriented” projects that serve to demonstrate measurable outcomes. The program provides challenge cost-share grants, on a competitive basis, to community-based organizations to engage in on-the-ground conservation initiatives benefiting National Forests and Grasslands. The Program provides matching federal funds to private, non-federal dollars. Proposals are due by June 16, 2016. Visit here for more information on this particular program. 

National Oceanic Atmospheric Association

NOAA Restoration Center's grant program is posted online here.

Norcross Wildlife Foundation

Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides funding for equipment and publications. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Click here for details.

The Norfolk Southern Foundation

The Norfolk Southern Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that focus on educational, cultural, environmental, and economic development opportunities within the region served by Norfolk Southern, primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. The Foundation offers grants in three principal areas: educational programs, primarily at the post-secondary level; community enrichment focusing on cultural and artistic organizations; and environmental programs. Applications are accepted between July 15 and September 30, annually.

Norman Foundation

Norman Foundation supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. Support is provided for virtually any activity recognized as charitable by federal and state law. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Nonprofit organizations throughout the Unites States are eligible to apply. 

The Jessie Smith Noyes

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation promotes a sustainable and just social and natural system by supporting grassroots organizations and movements committed to this goal. The Foundation provides support to organizations nationwide in the following funding categories: Protecting the Health and Environment of Communities Threatened by Toxics; Advancing Environmental Justice; Promoting a Sustainable Agricultural and Food System; and Ensuring Quality Reproductive Health Care as a Human Right. 

Outdoor Nation

Outdoor Nation offers two grants for youth-developed initiatives - Take Me Fishing Awards and The CamelBak Challenge. The Take Me Fishing project should reinforce the idea that recreational fishing is one fo the first and most important ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors. The CamelBak Challenge are for millenial-developed initiatives that directly address the question, how will you use $500 and 100 water bottles to connect millenials to environmental issues and create sustainable eco-friendly practices in your community aroudn water conservation? For more info about these grants, go here.


Patagonia funds projects that are action oriented, build public support and involvement, are strategic and accomplish specific goals and objectives. Patagonia supports small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas. They look for innovative groups that produce measurable results, and like to support efforts to force the government to abide by its own - our own - laws. Patagonia helps local groups working to protect local habitat. Most grants are in the range of up to $12,000. Proposals must be submitted online. In order to apply, visit the Patagonia website. Deadline: April 30 and August 31 each year. For more information, visit the Patagonia website. You can also apply for grants from the Atlanta Patagonia store which gives grants in the amount of $1,000 - $4000 with applications due each May. Contact Leigh Bost at 404.266.8182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit environmental organizations for initiatives that support environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the United States. In addition, the program supports organizations and programs that are working with industry, government, and businesses to create environmentally sound planning practices to reduce the environmental footprint of urban development through energy efficiency, increased use of renewable energy, and the reduction of carbon intensity. The grant amounts range from $2000 to $25000. For more information, go here

RBC Blue Water Project - Support for Water Stewardship Programs

The RBC Blue Water Project, an initiative of the Royal Bank of Canada, will provide $50 million in grants over ten years to support programs that foster a culture of water stewardship in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. The initiative’s specific grantmaking priorities are Watershed Protection and Access to Safe Drinking Water. Applications are currently being accepted for Leadership Grants, ranging from $25,000 to $500,000, that support local, regional, national, and trans-border organizations for projects that address the initiative’s priorities, as well as for Community Action Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Visit the website for detailed information about the initiative and application guidelines.


REI dedicates a portion of its operating budget to help protect and restore the environment, increase access to outdoor activities, and encourage involvement in muscle-powered recreation. REI employees nominate organizations, projects, and programs in which they are personally involved to receive funding or gear donations.

River Network

River Network's mission is to support locally-led river and watershed groups survive and grow. As a partner of River Network, you will benefit from from being among the first to learn of grant opportunities through River Network alerts. Visit their website for more information about how to become a partner. 

Sapelo Foundation

Sapelo Foundation's Environmental Protection Program addresses such issues as water and air quality, sprawl and sustainable development, corporate effects on rural communities, and the protection and management of natural resources. Currently, the primary focus is a strategic campaign addressing water resource management and policy in Georgia. The Trustees meet to consider grants twice each year. Deadlines for submission of proposals are September 1 and March 1. Grants range from $1,000 to $60,000. The average award is between $5,000 and $25,000. Visit Sapelo Foundation's website for more details.

Sea World and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

The mission of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is to work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. The Fund provides grants in support of wildlife conservation projects conducted by recognized nonprofit organizations and noted scientists throughout the world. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. Applications are accepted between September 18 and December 1. Requests must be submitted online through the website.

Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative

The objective of SEA-MDI mini-grants is to reduce marine debris and its associated impacts within the region. All marine debris projects will be considered, but the SEA-MDI Consortium's funding priorities can be found here.   Projects should be synergistic or complementary with current or historic marine debris efforts in the region and those listed on the SEA-MDI website. Where appropriate, proposals are encouraged to integrate NOAA monitoring protocols and the mobile phone app Marine Debris Tracker and/or the associated webstie and data available here.

Stonyfield Farm's Profits for the Planet

The Stonyfield Farm's Profits for the Planet Program donates 10% of the company's profits annually to nonprofit organizations in order to enhance efforts that help protect or restore the environment. Projects that generate measurable results, for example, natural resources saved, people educated, etc., are given priority. Applications for support are accepted from organizations throughout the U.S., with some emphasis on organizations located in the Northeast with projects often reflecting Stonyfield's support of organic farming methods and efforts to combat global warming. In 2013, funding was concentrated on a few key projects. Visit the website.

TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Program

Sponsored by Accenture, the TechBridge Technology Innovation Award Program was created to recognize deserving nonprofit organizations in Georgia that have innovative concepts for using technology to better serve the community. The award provides up to $25,000 in TechBridge consulting services and a cash grant of $5,000. The winner also receives thousands of dollars in donated software. Two finalists will receive a TechBridge technology assessment and a $1,000 cash grant. Application closes February 1, 2016 Click here for more info. 


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Temper of the Times Foundation

Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase environmental awareness. Recognizing that organizations working to protect the environment generally have limited access to paid media, the Foundation provides funds to underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Projects with measurable short-term effects on wildland ecosystem conservation will be prioritized over those that are purely educational in nature. Grants may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. Deadline is December 15, annually, or the first Monday after the 15 if it falls on a weekend. For more information, visit the website.

Threshold Foundation

Threshold Foundation seeks to build a more just, caring, and sustainable world as a legacy for all. Threshold Foundation serves the social change movement through collaborating with and funding innovative U.S. and international nonprofit organizations and individuals working towards social justice, environmental sustainability, humane economic systems and peaceful coexistence. The Sustainable Planet Committee supports efforts to transform both human culture and technology so that we may live within the physical limits of the local and global ecosystems. The Sustainable Planet program accepts requests for proposals by invitation only. 

Tiffany & Co. Foundation

Tiffany & Co. Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to the arts and the environment. The Foundation supports the enhancement of urban environments through revitalization and creation of green spaces. Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States are eligible to apply. They are currently not accpeting letters of interest at this time due to current commitments. 

The Timberland Company

The Timberland Company offers grants to encourage volunteerism, protect the environment and promote diversity. Groups must have 501(c)3 status to apply. They support volunteerism and environmental responsibility. Click here to view details.

Tom's of Maine Corporate Giving Program

The Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good program is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects. Six organizations will share in a $150,000 sponsorship fund, including one organization that will be given $50,000! A panel of judges will select 20 organizations doing great things in their communities to be voted on by you. They are not accepting grant requests at this time, but encourage organizations to apply to the 50 States of Good for funding. Visit the website to learn more.

Town Creek Foundation

The Foundation supports programs that engage citizens in challenging the unsustainable use of natural resources and in protecting biological diversity. Strategies supported are grassroots activism, monitoring the enforcement of environmental laws, public policy advocacy, collaborative opportunities, media outreach, and model or demonstration projects fostering sustainable policies and practices. For the summer 2016 cycle, letters of interest are due by April 22, 2016. Visit the website for more details.

Toyota Tapestry

The Toyota Tapestry grant program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, will award 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each are available to K-12 teachers of science residing in the United States or U.S. territories. There are no grants available at this time. Please check the Toyota Tapestry grant home site for updates.


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US Fish and Wildlife Service: North American Wetlands Conservation Act: U.S. Standard Grants Program

This program provides support to public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. Deadlines are Febraury 26, 2016 and July 14, 2016. 


Wal-Mart Foundation's State Giving Program

The Wal-Mart Foundation's State Giving Program awards grants at the state and regional level to programs that have a strong impact within the communities the company serves. Advisory Councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will determine how best to distribute State Giving Program funds. The program's priority funding categories include: Education, targeting the needs of underserved young people ages 12-30; Job Skills Training, specifically support services to help people improve their work-related skills; Health, with a focus on access to healthcare and the promotion of healthy lifestyles; and Environmental Sustainability, including recycling programs, outdoor classrooms, etc. The minimum grant size for this program is $5,000. Visit the website to submit an online application.  The first application cycle runs January 18-29, 2016. The second application cycle runs June 27-July 1, 2016.


The Waste Management Charitable Giving Program

The Waste Management Charitable Giving Program is committed to making company communities safer, cleaner, and better places to live and work. (Information on company locations is available on the Waste Management website.) One of the primary focus areas of the Charitable Giving Program is the environment. The company is committed to helping provide renewable resources to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, and to conserving and maintaining wetlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people's enjoyment. Support is also provided to environmental education programs, including environmental and science related projects targeted to middle and high school students. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Click here for more information.


WestRock Foundation

WestRock Foundation's primary focus is to enhance the quality of life in communities where WestRock has major operations and where WestRock employees and their families live and work. This includes providing direct grant support and encouraging active management and employee leadership involvement and volunteerism. Priorities for contributions in small and/or rural communities, where there are fewer sources of contributions, often address a broad range of needs. Support for urban communities is generally more targeted. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to provide leadership for advancing research, education and public dialogue on public policy issues of special interest, such as the economy, regulation and environmental stewardship. Proposals for grants are accepted throughout the year. Grants range from $250 to $10,000. Visit the website.


Wildlife Conservation Society North America Program: Climate Adaptation Fund

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) North America Program is dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places in North America. The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Grants of $50,000 to $250,000 are provided to nonprofit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. The Fund prioritizes projects that manage for dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, rather than those aimed at maintaining historic conditions or individual species. Grants are provided to U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organizations for projects within the 50 states and six U.S. territories.  Visit the WCS website to download the Request for Proposals at https://www.wcsnorthamerica.org/ClimateAdaptationFund/tabid/4813/Default.aspx


The Woodard & Curran Foundation

The Woodard & Curran Foundation is a public nonprofit organization dedicated to making grants that empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. In the third quarter 2015, the Foundation will award up to four grants, with a maximum value of $20,000 per grant. The total of the grants awarded will not exceed $40,000. Projects at levels of grant requests from $1,000 to $20,000 that promote a clean and sustainable environment are encouraged to apply. Additional preference will be given to efforts that include a defined educational component, rely on volunteers to accomplish their mission, and are located in one of the following geographies: CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, ME, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or WY. Check back for 2016 deadline updates. 

Eligibility requirements are provided on the first page of the application, which must be submitted electronically through the following link www.woodardcurranfoundation.org/how-to-apply. Paper copies and direct emails of applications will not be accepted.