Funding Opportunities

General Funding Sources

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection

A searchable database of financial assistance sources available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

Conservation Grants Center

Offers a list of funding resources available for environmental, watershed, and natural resource projects.

Environmental Finance Center Directory of Watershed Resources

A searchable database of financial assistance sources available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

Environmental Grantmakers Association

A helpful source for grant seekers.

Find and apply for competitive grants and other funding opportunities from all federal granting agencies.

Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units

A resource for funding sources specific to the United States National Park System and other CESU partner agencies.

USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Funding Opportunities Desk Guide

This guide is intended to help identify potential funding sources and opportunities for environmental projects and programs.

Federal Grant Programs

US Department of Agriculture

USDA Grants Workbook 2013
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Western Integrated Pest Management Center
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Department of Defense

Environmental Management Research Participation Program

Offers opportunities to participate in environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, and more.

Legacy Resource Management Program

Provides support for projects dealing with natural and cultural resource conservation on Department of Defense lands.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program

Funds research and demonstration projects that respond to the Department of Defense's high-priority environmental requirements.

Environmental Protection Agency

National Center for Environmental Research

Offers a list of current research grant opportunities.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program

Provides matching grants to states for acquisition, restoration, management, or enhancement of coastal wetlands.

Multistate Conservation Grant Program

Provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Pulling Together Initiative (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)

Offers funding opportunities for projects that seek to control invasive plant species, mostly through the work of public/private partnerships.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and tribes who are willing to work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners on a voluntary basis.

State Grant Programs


Alaska Conservation Association

Offers several grantmaking programs, including: Alaska Native Fund, Rapid Response, Watchable Wildlife, Organizational Capacity, and more.


Bella Vista Foundation

Offers grants for ecosystem restoration projects in California and Oregon.

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Promotes the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards, by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, and by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems.

David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Offers grants for actions and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being in three priority geographic areas: California, the Colorado Plateau, and northwest Mexico.

Dean Witter Foundation

Offers grants to support specific wildlife conservation projects in Northern California and seminal opportunities to improve and extend environmental education and to stimulate learning.

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation

Offers many types of grants for non-profit organizations to conserve the wildlife, lands, waters, and air quality of the Truckee, North Tahoe, and Donner Summit regions.


Harold K. L. Castle Foundation

Funds Nearshore Marine Resource Conservation (for waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands) projects, among others.

Hawaii Community Foundation

Provides support for film or video projects on environmental protection efforts and hosts a list of other grantmaking programs in Hawaii.


NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants

Funding priorities for Idaho include: transitioning to organic production, on-farm energy conservation, on-farm composting technologies, integrated pest management strategies, and nutrient management strategies.


Montana Native Plant Society

Offers small grants to stimulate research, conservation, and educational activities that help foster an appreciation for Montana's native plants and plant communities.

Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund

Provides funding for the development and implementation of weed management programs, for research and development of innovative weed management techniques, and supports educational and other research projects that benefit Montana citizens.

PPL Montana

Offers competitive environmental education grants for schoolteachers.


Nebraska Environmental Trust

Provides the seed money needed to preserve critical habitat areas, protect water supplies, and establish recycling programs in Nebraska.

Cooper Foundation

Provides funding for non-profit organizations in Nebraska over several areas, including protection of and education about endangered and threatened species and the natural systems they need to survive.

New Mexico

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Offers competitive grants in several project areas, including environmental and historic preservation.


Bella Vista Foundation

Offers grants for ecosystem restoration projects in California and Oregon.

Oregon State Weed Board

Provides funding for projects that restore, enhance, or protect fish and wildlife habitat, watershed functions, native salmonid populations, or water quality in Oregon.

Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Offers small and large grants to non-profit organizations in several project areas, including historic preservation and environmental preservation.


Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation

Offers support for non-profit organizations that provide important services for people in the state of Texas in several categories, including national and regional conservation programs.


George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Foundation

Offers grants to support organizations that preserve and protect the natural environment, among other categories.


Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Awards grants to non-profit organizations working on a wide variety of issues.

Northwest Fund for the Environment

Offers grants for projects involving the protection of wild fish, native wildlife, natural forests, wetlands and shorelines, and the preservation of pure and free-flowing waters in Washington.

Russell Family Foundation

Offers assistance for projects that reduce polluted runoff around Puget Sound, promote green infrastructure development, and support experiential education that connects citizens to Puget Sound.

Seattle Foundation

Provides funding assistance to hundreds of non-profit organizations working on a wide variety of issues.


Wyoming Community Foundation

Offers grants across a broad array of charitable areas, including conservation and natural resources.

Wildlife and Conservation Groups, Foundations,
and Associations

Acorn Foundation

Offers general support grants to grassroots organizations in the range of $5,000-$10,000.

Alaska Conservation Association

Offers several grantmaking programs, including: Rapid Response, Watchable Wildlife, Organizational Capacity, Innovation, and more.

American Forests: Global ReLeaf Grants

Partners with private and public sector organizations and agencies to plant trees and improve the environment in projects that would otherwise not be feasible.

American Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Provides grants to support research and public education towards enhancing scientific wildlife management, and conservation of wild habitats in North America, with an emphasis on New York State.

BoatUS Foundation

Awards local volunteer organizations up to $4,000 for the promotion of safe and clean boating education.

Brainerd Foundation

Offers funding opportunities in several different areas, including Conservation Policy, Place-based Conservation, and Conservation Capacity.

Bullitt Foundation

Invites inquiries from non-profit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana, and Coastal Alaska.

Burning Foundation

Awards funding to organizations in Washington and Oregon that address issues such as protecting threatened rivers and forests, nurturing native fish populations, and conserving land and open space for ecological and recreational purposes.

Captain Plant Foundation

Offers funding opportunities to organizations that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation

Offers grants to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindbergh's vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.

Compton Foundation

Promotes community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities.

David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Offers grants for actions and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being.

Ducks Unlimited

Check with your local chapter for opportunities to partner with Ducks Unlimited.

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Offers research grants to graduate students as well as graduate fellowship grants.

FishAmerica Foundation

Awards grants to local communities and government agencies to restore habitat for marine and anadromous fish species.

Fred E. Gloeckner Foundation

Awards grants for research and education projects in floriculture and related fields at universities, colleges, and federal research institutions in the United States.

Fund for Wild Nature

Provides small grants to small groups in the areas of wildlife, rivers, wilderness, and the places that support the interdependent life that sustains our planet.

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Accepts proposals for projects that enhance the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and that will return the greatest ecosystem benefits.

Horticultural Research Institute

Funds research that specifically deals with green industry related issues.

Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation

Offers Environmental Protection and Conservation grants to organizations for both general operating expenses and special projects.

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Assists public or non-profit entities to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces while encouraging compatible human activities.

Lawrence Foundation

Offers grants to support environmental, education, human services, and other causes.

Lazar Foundation

Accepts inquiries for projects focusing on specific environmental interests in the Pacific Northwest, except Alaska.

Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation

Supports field projects that address species extinction, habitat destruction and fragmentation, resource depletion, and resource waste.


Awards grants to organizations in the northwest United States who work to preserve the region's natural heritage.

Mountaineers Foundation

Funds modest, short-term projects that promote the study of the mountains, forests, and streams of the Pacific Northwest and work to preserve its natural beauty and ecological integrity.

Multistate Conservation Grant Program

Funds projects that focus on biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Provides funding for projects that sustain, restore, and enhance the nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

National Forest Foundation

Offers grants to organizations which benefit local National Forests and Grasslands, and the communities and economies that depend on them.

North American Association for Environmental Education

Provides a list of funding resources available for environmental education projects.


Offers environmental grants to innovative groups who take radical and strategic steps to protect habitat, wilderness, and biodiversity.

Pheasants Forever

Contact your local chapter for project and funding information.

Red Lodge Clearinghouse

Features a comprehensive funding database.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Canada only.

Trout Unlimited Embrace-A-Stream Program

Weeden Foundation

Offers funding for non-profit organizations that focus on the conservation of western terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

Offers support for organizations that work in forested landscapes to enhance the environment, economy, and community.

Wick Kenney Fund

Offers grants to protect and restore watersheds in the western United States.

Wilburforce Foundation

Supports organizations in specific priority regions.

Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund

Offers grants to support wildlife adaptation projects that are designed to implement landscape-scale strategic habitat conservation plans.

Wildlife Forever

Wild Sheep Foundation

Offers funding for projects in major areas such as biological studies and research projects, buffer land acquisitions, wild sheep transplants and the re-establishment of wild sheep populations into suitable historic habitat, wildlife habitat enhancement, and more.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Offers grants in six areas: education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population.

Grant Writing Tips

Essentials of Grant Writing 101

From Montana State University Extension

Grantwriting Guide

From the Red Lodge Clearinghouse

A Guide for Proposal Writing (PDF)

From the National Science Foundation

Helpful Hints for Technical Writing

From the Weed Science Society of America

How to Write a Winning Proposal (PDF)

Non-Profit Guides

Grant writing tools for non-profit organizations

Proposal Writing Short Course

A systematic outline of the elements of a proposal and how to address them, including approaches to evaluation planning and sustainability

Show Me the Money: Tips and Resources for Successful Grant Writing

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal (PDF)

From Purdue University Extension