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Funding by Region

Funding by Region

In addition to the Web sites provided by category, some funding opportunities are only available in certain regions of the U.S. Click on a region below to view the funding opportunities available in that area.

Great Lakes

  • The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supports efforts that create healthy human communities and natural environments in the Chicago region and in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Foundation is particularly interested in collaborative projects focused on the environment and conservation or on arts and culture.
  • The George Gund Foundation was established to contribute to human well-being and to meet the changing opportunities and problems of our society. The Foundation has grant-making interests in the arts, civic affairs, economic development, education, the environment, and human services. Its primary focus is in the greater Cleveland area and the state of Ohio.
  • The Great Lakes Fishery Trust's (GLFT) mission is to provide funding to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources. The GLFT funds projects related to Great Lakes fisheries to help mitigate fish losses.
  • The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides an online location for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes/St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN provides a searchable funding and grants guide of many regional funding opportunities.
  • The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a private, nonprofit corporation formed by the governors of the Great Lakes states. It is a permanent environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.


  • The Crossroads Community Foundation serves the metro area west of Boston. Its grant-making program has been designed to appeal to the philanthropic interests of all donors and to address current and future areas of need. Crossroads' discretionary grants support nonprofit organizations, services, and programs in a variety of fields, including the environment.
  • The Essex County Community Foundation was established as a broad-based public foundation to promote and expand philanthropy in Essex County, Massachusetts. The Foundation's grant-making programs support a variety of grants, including environmental stewardship.
  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's mission is to support and encourage those educational, cultural, social, and environmental values that contribute to making our society more humane and our world more livable. The foundation makes grants in five areas, including the environment, to benefit the state of New Jersey.
  • The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is a U.S.-Canadian partnership of government and nongovernment organizations working to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations. One way the council tries to reach this goal is by providing grants.
  • The Maine Community Foundation is an organization dedicated to strengthening Maine's communities by building charitable endowments, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community needs. The Foundation's grant-making program has a variety of interests, and its Web site provides a list of available grants and applicable deadlines.
  • The New England Biolabs Foundation is an independent private foundation founded in 1982 by the president of New England Biolabs, Inc. to support grassroots organizations working with the environment, social change, the arts, elementary education, and science. The Foundation provides grants for special interests in marine conservation, estuary protection, and sustainable economic development for the New England area.
  • The New York Community Trust provides funding for projects in New York City through four grant making programs, including conservation and the environment. The Trust also provides information and guidelines for grant seekers.
  • The Northeast Consortium's goal is to encourage and fund effective, equal partnerships among commercial fishermen, researchers, and other stakeholders to become active participants in cooperative research and development of selective fishing gear technology.
  • The Prospect Hill Foundation has a broad range of philanthropic interests. The Foundation's environmental grant-making concentrates on habitat and water protection in the northeastern region of the United States.
  • The Virginia Environmental Endowment's mission is to improve the quality of the environment by using its capital to encourage all sectors to work together to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and promote environmental literacy. This organization supports three grant programs and providesĀ application information.

Pacific Islands

  • The Administration for Native Americans Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program provides grants to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders through locally developed social and economic development strategies.
  • The Alexander & Baldwin Foundation (A&B Foundation) is a charitable foundation funded annually based on the profitable business activity of the corporation, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., and its operating companies. The A&B Foundation works to improve quality of life in its communities through a responsive, broad-based program of giving in the following categories: health and human services, education and community, culture and arts, maritime, and the environment. On June 29, 2012, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., the funding company for the A&B Foundation, separated into two publicly-traded companies, each now with its own charitable giving program—the Matson Foundation and the A&B Kokua Giving Program. As a result of this separation, the A&B Foundation will no longer be used as a vehicle for charitable giving.
  • The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation was founded by Harold K. L. Castle, a significant figure in the development of Hawai'i. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations benefiting the people of the State of Hawai'i.

South, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico

  • The Coastal Restoration and Enhancement through Science and Technology program (CREST) was established in 2001 as an alliance of eleven academic institutions within southern Louisiana and Mississippi. The aim of the alliance is to create a cooperative program to help policymakers, planners, and coastal resource managers use the latest science and best technologies to ensure sustainable and productive coastal habitats and communities.
  • The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supports efforts that create healthy human communities and natural environments in the Chicago region and in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Foundation is particularly interested in collaborative projects focused on the environment and conservation or on arts and culture.
  • The Robert B. Woodruff Foundation, Inc., named for the president of the Coca-Cola Company, has a broad charter to support charitable, scientific, and educational activities. Principal giving interests are focused on the following program areas: education, health care, human services, arts and culture, the conservation of natural resources, and environmental education. Grants generally are limited to tax-exempt charities and selected governmental agencies located and operating in Georgia.

West Coast

  • The Alaska Conservation Foundation is a community foundation for the environment that receives and awards grants to a range of organizations and projects that work to protect and enhance Alaska's incredible ecosystems and wildlife by promoting sustainable communities, helping build institutional capacity, or building broad-based public support for environmental protection.
  • The Brainerd Foundation is a grant-making institution dedicated to protecting the environmental quality of the Pacific Northwest. Grants are awarded in two program areas: endangered ecosystems and communications and capacity building.
  • The Bullitt Foundation is committed to protecting and restoring the environment of the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation invites grant proposals from nonprofit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain Range), and the rain forest region of southern Alaska. The Foundation supports efforts in many areas ranging from energy and climate change, to growth management, to rivers, wetlands, and marine ecosystems.
  • The Burning Foundation supports projects in many areas, including environmental protection and conservation. The environmental program especially focuses on the rivers, forests, native fish, and land in Washington and Oregon.
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation'sĀ conservation program supports efforts to address environmental threats and conserve critical habitats. This program includes funding for establishing and managing marine fisheries along North America's western coast, from Baja to the Bering Sea.
  • The Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation provides grants to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and British Columbia, Canada). The Foundation has four program areas; currently environmental preservation and conservation is its top priority.
  • The Northwest Fund provides grants to organizations and projects that promote changing the uses of natural resources to protect and preserve them in the state of Washington. The Fund emphasizes the protection of wild fish, native wildlife, natural forests, wetlands and shorelines, and the preservation of pure and free-flowing waters. Beginning in 2003, the NW Fund will focus its funding in two program areas: growth management and aquatic ecosystems protection.