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National and International Environmental Program Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for National and
International Initiatives to Improve the Environment

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The New York Community Trust (NYCT)

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for initiatives that improve the environment. Grant funds may support national or international projects. Funding is intended for activities that address climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, protect public health, and preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation.

National Environment Grants

The goals of this program are to mitigate climate change; make communities more resilient to climate change; protect public health from the hazards of toxic chemicals and pollutants; and preserve biological diversity.

Grants are made to promote more environmentally sustainable, resilient, and just communities that:

  • Mitigate climate change by:
    • Promoting energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy for buildings;
    • Shifting to electric or low-emission vehicles and greater use of mass transit;
    • Promoting a smarter, more resilient grid and distributed (on site) generation;
    • Reducing emissions from existing fossil fuel-powered facilities and extraction activities; and
    • Establishing regional programs, performance standards, and regulations that help reduce emissions.
  • Make communities, especially the most disadvantaged, more resilient to a changing climate by:
    • Creating infrastructure that reduces storm-water run-off and absorbs storm surges;
    • Protecting shoreline communities by conserving or enhancing natural barriers;
    • Encouraging more sustainable building design and land use through policy reforms; and
    • Better planning and preparation for weather-related emergencies, especially for low-income and other vulnerable residents.
  • Protect public health from the hazards of toxic pollutants by:
    • Supporting targeted scientific research that can be used to develop policy;
    • Promoting safer chemical and heavy metal policies and practices, especially for infants, children and other vulnerable people;
    • Eliminating toxic chemicals from products through market campaigns focused on retailers and manufacturers;
    • Enhancing protections for low-income communities near polluting facilities; and
    • Minimizing the hazards of new and expanded fossil fuel extraction on nearby communities.
  • Preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation by:
    • Establishing, enhancing, and monitoring wildlife migration corridors; and
    • Supporting functional connectivity between fragmented habitat that enables species to move and live safely.

The Fund encourages initiatives that cut across these program areas, especially those focused on smart growth, sustainable agriculture and regional food systems, and sustainable production.

With the exception of those focused on New York State, all projects must benefit more than one U.S. state or territory to be considered.

International Environment Grants

The Trust makes international grants to U.S. organizations that are building the capacity of government, academic institutions, private sector entities, and nonprofits to:

  • Protect biodiversity;
  • Improve environmental health; and
  • Reduce greenhouse gases around the world.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182147

Number of Grants:

Each year, the Trust awards 2-3 International Environment Grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Most competitive grants go to public charities, or to groups sponsored by one. Grantees (or fiscal agents) should have a board of directors with at least five members, and no more than one paid board member.

The Trust does not make grants to individuals, or for general operating support, capital and building campaigns, endowments, equipment, deficit financing, or religious purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs may be submitted from February 22, 2021 - March 17, 2021.

The Trust does not accept unsolicited proposals for the national and international environment program. To apply, submit a three-page Letter of Interest (LOI) and budget via the LOI portal that appears on the grant portal each fall (mid-September) and winter (late-February).

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grant Portal:

The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue (Between 54th and 55th streets)
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 686-0010
Fax: (212) 532-8528

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