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!
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency Clearinghouse for Environmental Finance is a searchable database for communities needing information for air, land and water infrastructure projects including funding sources, reports, websites, and training on financing mechanisms and approaches.
The National Wildlife Foundation Nature-based Solutions Funding Database is an interactive database for communities interested in pursuing federal funding and/or technical assistance for nature-based solutions.
Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists provides support for on-the-ground preservation efforts or invasive control efforts conducted by non-profit, community groups, or individuals directed at preserving plant biodiversity within Connecticut.
Casco Bay Foundation offers a variety of grant opportunities for coastal Maine.
The Association of New Jersey Commissions offers grants to commissions. Check to see if there is a commission to partner with in your area.
National Environmental Education Foundation supports education and outreach with classrooms through grants.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF), Matching Awards Program (MAP) is focused on in-person community engagement and completion of stewardship activities.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Pulling Together Initiative (nationwide)
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. Searches for foundation are free. Individual and corporate philanthropy requires a subscription. Get access at your local library.
Candid, 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.