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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Environmental Protection and Restoration Projects

Virginia Program


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 5:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and government agencies for environmental protection and restoration projects. Eligible projects may fall into one of the following categories: land conservation and use, climate adaptation, water issues, and environmental education and public awareness.

Current grant-making priorities in the Virginia Program are focused on improvement of local rivers and protection of water quality, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, innovative land conservation and sustainable land use practices, environmental literacy and public awareness, and emerging issues of concern.

Water Issues

  • Improve local rivers and protect water quality throughout Virginia:  With a focus on tangible improvements to water quality, pollution reduction and pollution prevention, preference will be given to projects and policies that promote implementation of best practices for advancing agricultural stewardship, address local and regional stormwater infrastructure needs and achieve on-the-ground improvements that contribute to healthy watersheds.
  • Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay: With a focus on implementation of Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan to meet the Bay’s total maximum daily load (TMDL) interim and final goals by 2017 and 2025, respectively, preference will be given to innovative and creative strategies designed to reduce implementation costs and pollution and accelerate progress, when possible. Improved fisheries management, restoration of keystone fisheries and expanded recreational access are also an interest.

Land Conservation and Use

  • Enhance land conservation and sustainable land use:  Special emphasis is placed on strategies, policies and projects focused on conserving large landscapes, restoring and protecting riparian buffers and headwater streams, establishing conservation practices on land previously placed under protective easement, and establishing local land trusts in areas where a gap exists. A nexus with water quality protection is important. 

Environmental Education and Public Awareness

  • Advance environmental literacy and public awareness:  Preference will be given to outcomes-based proposals that incorporate best practices related to student learning and teacher/principal training, including regional standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and those that offer meaningful experiential learning opportunities which connect students and families to nature. Regarding public awareness, projects that tie environmental stewardship to jobs and those that use innovative, collaborative, and creative approaches such as media messaging to reach non-traditional environmental supporters are also encouraged.

Climate Adaptation and Emerging Issues

  • The Virginia Environmental Endowment is interested in using its strategic investments to make a difference on emerging issues, such as climate adaptation for coastal communities and projects that advance water supply planning and implementation, and efforts to mitigate invasive species.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE) makes grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations and institutions and governmental agencies.

VEE is interested in knowing how, if at all, your proposal might positively impact traditionally under-served areas, low income and socially vulnerable communities; engage people of color; and/or improve the environmental quality of life for these communities and individuals.

Grant funds are not provided for general support, overhead, indirect costs, capital projects, land purchases, building construction or renovation, endowments, lawsuits, or to individuals.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: December 1 and June 15

Proposals must be received by VEE by 5 p.m. (ET) on the deadline dates. When the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the following business day will be the deadline.

June applications are typically acted on in October. December applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors in April.

Projects are required to have matching funds in amounts equal to or in excess of the grant request. Challenge grants may be offered to provide leverage in fundraising.

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Contact Information
Email proposals to

Virginia Environmental Endowment
P.O. Box 790
Richmond, Virginia 23218-0790

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