There are numerous grants available in the Recreation and Natural Resource fields that would support the Corps missions. Grantors often have their annual 990 tax form displayed on their websites, which can provide insight into who they have awarded grants to and how much to money is a reasonable request. It’s important to do your homework. Click here to view a 2011 APPL presentation on Developing Grants with your Partners.
Here are a few source references that may help in the search for applicable grants.
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores the nation’s native wildlife species and habitats. The foundation works with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations to identify and fund the nation’s intractable conservation challenges.
Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Education Foundation: The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the stewardship of the environmental, cultural, educational and outdoor recreational resources associated with the Natural Resources Management mission of the Corps. The organization doesn’t provide grants, but the Foundation can help seek partners for a project. The Foundation can serve as a third party entity to apply for grants and may have reference sources to aid in identifying financial assistance.
Foundation Center: an online funder directory, The Foundation Center is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit. The Center’s stated mission is “to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Center maintains comprehensive databases on U.S. grant-makers and their grants and includes Natural Resource, environmental, and recreation grant options. There is a free search, but has limitations.
Grants.gov: Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 federal grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. Choose from topics such as: Agriculture, Arts, Business and Commerce, Community Development, Environmental Quality, Housing, Natural Resources, Transportation and many more. Their quarterly newsletter, Succeed, provides information on recent awards, statistics, and upcoming events.
Environmental Grant Service: EGA works with members and partners to promote effective environmental philanthropy by sharing knowledge, fostering debate, cultivating leadership, facilitating collaboration, and catalyzing action.
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF): provides grants to leverage the reach of their programs, implement program goals, support the efforts of other organizations and strengthen the environmental education field as a whole. In 2010, NEEF gave over $300,000 to more than 100 grantees in 34 states.
The Grantsmanship Center - Funding Sources: offers information on federal and state funding sources. Through links to state home pages and related agencies, you are able to find funding sources that relate to your work. Also included are links to community foundations, international funding, and Federal Register announcements.
Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection: The Environmental Protection Agency's Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.
The Conservation Fund: works in partnership with public land agencies, private landowners, foundations and corporations to purchase lands for the protection of the nation's land and water resources and sites of historical significance. Provides seed grants and administers leadership awards through corporate and foundation partnerships
Earth Share: a federation of America's leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations that works to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns.