Volunteers at Coldwater Springs, Minnesota


NEEF offers a variety of grants and awards to help organizations engage their local community to improve the environment, increase diversity, and expand their work locally. We routinely highlight individual and group commitment to nature through education and service. Last year, NEEF provided nearly $700,000 in grants and awards to educational (both formal and informal) and public land partners across the country.

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If you have any questions about an open grant, please email grantsadmin@neefusa.org. Please note that we cannot provide any information about grants that are not open. This includes when a closed grant will be open again.

For information on helping your organization manage its money and get on the road to grantseeking, check out the PwC Nonprofit Learning Center.

Current Funding Opportunities

The majority of NEEF’s grantmaking is through competitive grant award programs. Search below for all available funding opportunities and learn how to apply for a grant. To apply, please select the program below and follow the guidelines and application requirements. We recommend that you carefully review eligibility criteria and selection guidelines as they vary by grant program. All applications must be submitted via our online grants system by the deadline date provided. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unsolicited proposals.

Please review NEEF’s Glossary of Terms and Frequently Asked Questions before applying for a grant opportunity.

There are currently no open grants available.

Recently Awarded Grants
Volunteers at the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve

2019 Department of Defense Legacy Award

NEEF and Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program provided $150,000 in funds for conservation efforts on military installations.
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2019 Biodiversity Conservation Grant Awarded

NEEF, with funding support from Toyota, provided $200,000 in funding to support biodiversity conservation projects on public lands.
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Red River Watershed

"Health and the Natural Environment" Grants Awarded

Grantees received $4000 from NEEF, with funding support from USFS, to connect urban communities to urban forests and nature-based spaces.
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Past Grantees

Grantee Highlights from 2018

In 2018, our grantees lead service events dedicated to the restoration, resilience, and conservation of public lands, worked with the National Park Service on professional training and development, coordinated with the US Forest Service on conservation activities, and engaged in place-based environmental education efforts. From impactful service-oriented events throughout the country to local development of pollinator gardens, NEEF's expansive grantmaking opportunities embodied our mission and values.

Get acquainted with NEEF’s grantmaking by learning about past programs and grantees.

Contact NEEF’s Grantmaking Department at grantsadmin@neefusa.org with any questions or for additional information about current or impending grant opportunities. Sign up for NEEF’s Grantmaking distribution list to receive the latest news and updates.

Grantee Highlights
Crowd at a pier at Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

Improving Accessibility at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes conducted accessibility assessments to identify barriers for people with physical disabilities & recommend improvements
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Moccasin Bend National Park: Walnut Street Walking Bridge in Chattanooga, TN

Connecting Communities to Local History

The National Park Partners created an exhibit and walking tour focused on African-American history.
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Presentation at MSI Summit

Local Wildfire Helps Teach Students About Science and Ecology

Mountain Studies Institute and local schools organized outings where students conducted soil and water tests to understand the impact of wildfires.
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Mississippi River Paddle Share Program

NEEF's Centennial and Beyond Fund

Commemorating NPS’ 100th year, NEEF launched its Centennial and Beyond Fund, providing financial support to partnering friends groups of NPS units.
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Davey Tree Company presentation during BioBlitz

BioBlitz with the Americas for Conservation + the Arts

During the BioBlitz, students acted as citizen scientists by taking guided tours of the park, identifying species, and cataloging their discoveries.
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Fourth grade students at Deschutes National Forest during Discover Your Forest's 2016 BioBlitz

How One NEEF Grantee Connects Communities to Their Local Public Lands

Learn more about how NEEF grantee, Discover Your Forest, designs successful outdoor field experiences for K-12 students.
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Group yoga at the Atlanta Beltline

What has 7.8 miles of open trails, 406 acres of parks, free fitness classes AND an urban farm?

By 2030, the Atlanta BeltLine is expected to loop 22 miles of modern streetcar, 33 miles of multi-use trail, and 1,300 acres of parks.
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Nonprofit Tools and Resources

Free or Low-Cost Resources for Nonprofits

To help organizations accomplish all of their goals in the coming year, NEEF has compiled a list of free or low-cost resources for nonprofits.
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7 Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal

Whether you are applying for grant funding from NEEF, or elsewhere, these tips will ensure that your proposal is in top shape.
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