Funding may be available for your project. Many local, state, and federal agencies offer funding to community organizations, neighborhood groups, homeowners, and others. Navigating the funding process is not easy. Here are some resources to get you started. When speaking with representatives from one funding source or non-profit organization, make sure to ask for other recommendations and potential funding sources. Network!
Capital Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management grants for New York
Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Regional Land Conservation Grants (northeastern Illinois only)
Great Lakes Fishery Commission provides funding to further the research and control of sea lampreys.
Laura Jane Musser Fund’s Environmental Initiative Program promotes public use of open space that improves a community’s quality of life and public health, while ensuring the protection of healthy, viable and sustainable ecosystems by protecting or restoring habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.
Midwest Invasive Plant Network list of grants for invasive plant control efforts.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Sustain Our Great Lakes Grant provides funding to improve and enhance 1) stream and riparian habitat; 2) coastal wetland habitat; and 3) water quality in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. NFWF also administers many other competitive grants to protect and conserve our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, C.D. Besadny Conservation Grants (Wisconsin only)
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (Midwestern States only)
Sustain Our Great Lakes, Grant Program (Great Lakes Basin only)
Foundation Directory Online, from the Foundation Center, lists 140,000 foundations and other donors worldwide. Some basic information is free; more requires a subscription. Get access at your local library.
NOZAsearch has a large searchable database of charitable donations. Searches for foundation are free. Individual and corporate philanthropy searches require a subscription. Get access at your local library.
Contact local banks, businesses, and community foundations. Many have money budgeted for community service.
Consider crowdfunding through social media, individual donations from members of your organization, or a special event.
Grantspace, a service of Foundation Center, offers in-person and online classes on finding and writing grants, a knowledge base, examples of winning proposals and other documents, and more.
The Grantsmanship Center offers training and resources to help find grants and write effective grant proposals.
Classes. Many community colleges and universities offer classes on grant writing. Check the catalogs and academic schedules for your local schools.
Books. There are many books on grant writing. Check out your local library to see what might be available.