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External Grant Opportunities

Frontline communities have been historically underfunded and underserved, especially when it comes to advancing environmental and climate justice. Outside of our own grant cycles, FRI collects and shares a range of external grant and federal funding opportunities with our extensive network of frontline communities. FRI’s grant resource list will be updated frequently, so please check back often for up-to-date information.

Open Funding Opportunities

DEADLINEGrant TitleOrganizationBrief DescriptionEligibilityAmount (USD)Location(s) of focus
23-Feb-24NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Education Mini-Grant ProgramU.S. NOAAFunds development of ocean and coastal acidification education programs in underserved and/or Indigenous communities.Nonprofits; colleges and universities; commercial organizations; state, local, and Tribal governments; and federal agencies.Up to $50,000United States
27-Feb-24Partners for Places Round 21The Funders NetworkProvides matching grants for community-driven sustainability projects fostering partnerships between local governments, frontline communities, and place-based funders. Requires at least 50% match from at least one local foundation.Project teams of at least: 1 local government sustainability/water director, 1 frontline community group, and 1 place-based funder.Up to $150,00 for one-year grants, up to $180,000 for two-year grantsUnited States and Canada
29-Feb-24Kapapahuliau Climate Resilience ProgramU.S. DOIFunds Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs) to engage in projects relating to climate preparedness and adaptation for increased Native Hawaiian resilience, or to provide financial and technical assistance to sub-recipient NHOs.Native Hawaiian OrganizationsUp to $5,000,000, depending on trackHawai'i
29-Feb-24FY23 Building Resilient Infrastructure and CommunitiesU.S. FEMAFunds hazard mitigation activities to promote climate adaptation and resilience, particularly for underserved communities.Tribal Governments, States, U.S. TerritoriesUp to $2,000,000US
29-Feb-24FY23 Flood Mitigation AssistanceU.S. FEMAFunds programs aimed at reducing risk of repetitive flooding and related damage and promoting climate adaptation, equity, and flood resilience.Tribal Governments, States, U.S. TerritoriesVariedUS
29-Feb-24Great Lakes Bay-Watershed Education and Training ProgramU.S. NOAAFunds the growth and development of new, innovative place-based watershed education programs and related professional development for teachers, prioritizing organizations and institutions that serve marginalized groups.501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, K-12 public and independent schools and systems, institutions of higher education, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Tribal governments.$30,000 to $300,000Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin
1-Mar-24Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training Program for Indigenous Communities 2024U.S. NOAAFunds the growth and development of new, innovative place-based watershed education programs that integrate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge.501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Tribal governments, K-12 public and independent schools and systems, institutions of higher education, state or local government agencies, and interstate agencies.$50,000 to $100,000Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin
15-Mar-24Rural Energy for America Technical Assistance Grant ProgramUSDAFunds applicants to provide technical assistance for agricultural producers and rural small businesses who are applying to USDA's Rural Energy for America Grant Program. Priority is given to applicants assisting REAP applicants located in "disadvantaged or distressed" communitites.Nonprofit entities; State, tribal, or local governments; Universities and institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives and pubilc power entities; councils$100,000 to $500,000United States
19-Mar-23 for next cycleGrow GrantsNew England Grassroots FundFunds groups who have some experience implementing a project in their community to deepen their work by further developing a community vision, lowering barriers to participation, identifying new stakeholders and working to bring more voices and lived experiences into core decision-making processes.Groups doing local, grassroots work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont (tax status and fiscal sponsor not required)$1,000 - $4,000U.S. - New England
19-Mar-24Grant Funding to Address Indoor Air Pollution at SchoolsU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyProvides funding to assist schools in low-income and/or disadvantaged communities in developing and executing indoor air quality management plans.Nonprofit organizations, states, territories, Tribal governments, local governments, and educational agencies.$5,000,000 to $8,000,000United States
25-Mar-24FY 2023 and FY 2024 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB)U.S. HUDFunds strengthen organizational infrastructure, management, and governance capabilities to increase capacity for carrying out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit marginalized groups in rural areas.501(c)3 nonprofit organizations$750,000 to $3,500,000 per yearUnited States
31-Mar-24Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & GrantsUSDAProvides guaranteed loan and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for implementing energy efficiency projects and renewable energy systems.Agricultural producers and small businesses located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 residents or less$1,500 to $500,000 for grantsRural United States
1-Apr-24Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) GrantsUSDAFunds rural jobs accelerator partnerships focused on creating and supporting high-wage jobs.Rural job accelerator partnerships consisting of: non-profit entities; state or Tribal entities; institutions of higher education; public bodies$500,000 to $2,000,000Rural United States
4-Apr-24Healthy and Resilient Gulf of Mexico GrantsU.S. EPA - Gulf of Mexico DivisionFunds partnerships of five or more entities, two of which must be small community-based organizations, to address the following in disadvantaged communities: water quality; protecting, enhancing, or restoring habitat; environmental education; and/or strengthening community resilience.501c3 non-profit organizations, Tribal entities, governmental entities, and universities.Up to $6,000,000United States - Gulf Region
9-Apr-24Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production GrantsUSDAProvides funding for urban farmers, gardeners, schools, and other stakeholders to expand urban farming and gardening planning and implementation projects, with a focus on food access, education, start-up costs, and/or policy development.Nonprofits; Tribal governments and organizations; Local governments; School districts$75,000 to $350,000United States
19-Apr-24Alaska Indigenous Engagement Program GrantsU.S. NOAA FisheriesFunds organizations supporting collaboration with "Indigenous Knowledge holders" to elevate Indigenous Knowledge in climate-informed studies and ecosystem policies.Nonprofits; individuals; universities and colleges; for-profit organizations; state, local, and Tribal governments.$500,000Alaska
19-Apr-24Advancing Health Equity in Asthma Control through EXHALE StrategiesCDCFunds projects to advance health equity through the implementation of EXHALE asthma prevention strategies in home, school, healthcare, or community settings.Nonprofits; institutions of higher education; state, local, and Tribal governments; independent school districts$400,000 to $700,000 per yearUnited States
8-May-24Caribbean Partners for ConservationUSDAFunds projects addressing local natural resource concerns that promote collaboration between state and community-level conservation leadership in the Caribbean Area (PR and USVI)Nonprofits; local, state, and Tribal governments; public and private instituteions of higher education$75,000 to $200,000Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
21-May-24Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) ProgramUSDAProvides loans and grants to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas that currently lack access to broadband.Nonprofit or for-profit entities applying as: 1) cooperatives or mutual organizations, 2) corporations, 3) LLCs or LLPs, 4) states or local governments, 5) Tribal governments, 6) US territories$100,000 to $25,000Rural United States
5-Jun-24Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental ContaminantsU.S. NIHFunds multidisciplinary, community-driven research regarding health risks of environmental exposures, including the "development and implementation of an environmental public health action plan based on research findings".Nonprofits, community-based organizations, higher education institutions, governmental entities, for-profit organizations.Up to $500,000United States
21-Nov-24Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants ProgramU.S. EPAFunds partnerships led by community-based organizations to design and implement community-driven projects focused on pollution reduction/prevention, climate resilience, procedural justice, workforce dvelopment, and overall equitable investment.Partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs), or between a CBO and a Federally-Recognized Tribe, local government, or institution of higher education.Up to $20 million, depending on trackUS
RollingSecurity and Well-Being GrantsUrgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights Asia & PacificSupports women and non-binary activists and organizations responding to urgent crises; funds are used to ensure safety from both physical and emotional harm.Women/Non-binary led, human rights focus, and specifically for addressing urgent crises or threats.Up to $5,000Asia and the Pacific
RollingResourcing ResilienceUrgent Action Fund for Women's Rights Asia and PacificFunds women and non-binary human rights defenders who are seeking to implement an initiative that would support their activism.Women or Non-binary LedUp to $5,000Asia and the Pacific
RollingEnvironmental and Climate Justice GrantsUrgent Action Fund - AfricaFunds environmental women human rights defenders and woman-led grassroots environmental organizations to confront systemic environmental injustices in Africa.Woman/trans-led organizations resopnding to urgent situations.Up to $15,000Rainforest Zones Across Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Togo
RollingOpportunity GrantsFondo de Acción Urgente -América LatinaFunds strategic actions to defend women's and LBTIQ+ rights, falling under a broad a range of topics from women's rights to gender, racial, or environmental justice.Woman/trans-led organizations resopnding to urgent situations.Up to $5,000Latin America and the Caribbean
RollingProtection and Security GrantsFondo de Acción Urgente -América LatinaFunds actions focused on protection of women and trans activists (and their organizations) when at-risk due to their work defending human rights and/or land.Woman/trans-led organizations resopnding to urgent situations.Up to $5,000Latin America and the Caribbean
RollingSecurity GrantsUrgent Action FundSupports the safety and security of women/trans/non-binary activists in unanticipated, time-urgent situations.Funds must support women/trans/nonbinary activists in response to unanticipated situations.Up to $8,000Middle East, Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, Canada and the United States
RollingCharity Pot GrantLUSHSupports small, grassroots organizations in North America and around the world that are working on the root cause of issues and creating long-term sustainable change.
Funds organizations working in areas of animal protection, environmental justice, and human rights
Registered or unregistered organizations/charities, non-profits, or Indigenous and community groups with an annual revenue of $500,000 or lessUp to $25,000Worldwide
RollingEJII Capacity Building GrantsWisconsin Environmenal Justice Infrastructure InitiativeSupports Wisconsin communities raising community awareness on environmental justice issuesWisconsin grassroots organizations (501(c)(3) not required)$200,000Wisconsin
RollingFederal Access Center GrantsJust Transition FundProvides financial and technical assistance to communities impacted by the coal economy to access government funding501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and local governments serving coal communitiesUp to $100,000US
RollingSeed GrantsNew England Grassroots FundFunds groups launching new projects or starting to significantly change the direction of an existing projectGroups doing local, grassroots work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont (tax status and fiscal sponsor not required)$500 - $1,000New England
RollingGrassroots GrantsStory of StuffFunds projects on water privatization, plastic pollution, and other environmental justice focus areas.Groups must be led by and serving black, indigenous, and communities of colorUp to $5,000U.S. only
RollingThe Catalyst FundRoddenberry FoundationSupports groups anywhere in the world with early-stage idea or project that addresses pressing global challengesMust be 18 years of age or older and submit an application in English$2,500 - $15,000Worldwide
RollingCornell Douglas Foundation GrantsCornell Douglas FoundationFunds proposal in the following areas of focus: environmental health and justice, land conservation, mountaintop removal mining, sustainability of resources, watershed protection$15,000 - $50,000NA
RollingEDLC GrantsEnvironmental Defender Law Center (EDLC)Covers expenses of public interest litigation against those responsible for resource development projects that harm the human rights, health, and environment of communities in developing countriesNAWorldwide
RollingNorman Foundation GrantsThe Norman FoundationPromotes economic justice and development through community organizing, coalition building and policy reform efforts; work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities, and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice; link community-based economic and environmental justice organizing to national and international reform effortsPriority given to organizations with annual budgets of under $1 million~$30,000US
RollingPetchem Frontline FundCenter for International Environmental LawSupports groups and organizations fighting the petrochemical buildout and infrastructure in the United StatesNAUS
RollingTechnical Assistance Grant ProgramU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyHelps communities participate in Superfund cleanup decision-making by providing funding to community groups to contract their own technical advisor to interpret and explain technical reports, site condi­tions, and EPA’s proposed cleanup proposals and decisionsGroup may apply if members’ health, economic well-being, or enjoyment of the environment is, or may be, hurt by a Superfund site. Group must must incorporate for the purpose of participating in decision-making at the site. Nonprofit and tax-exempt status not required.Up to $50,000US

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