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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies
for Water and Land Conservation Programs

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Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE)

Deadline Date:

12/01/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to Virginia nonprofits and agencies for specific environmental protection projects that will produce measurable results. Current grant-making priorities include improving water quality and local rivers, innovative land conservation and sustainable land use practices, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, environmental literacy and public awareness, and emerging issues of concern. The Foundation encourages a collaborative approach applied to address complex environmental projects that are ever-evolving.

More details on the focus areas are as follows:

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. The Endowment does not provide grant funds for land purchases.

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.

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 environmental impacts due to hydraulic fracturing.

The Foundation favors proposals that have cash matches and the potential to leverage continued support from other sources. The Foundation also looks for proposals that have regional or statewide significance and that benefit Virginians directly. Some additional factors include: need for the project; feasibility and cost; qualifications of the organization and people involved; expectations of specific results that will improve the quality of the environment; ability to be replicated or serve as models.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176103

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Endowment makes grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations and institutions and to governmental agencies.

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:

Proposals must be received by p.m. (ET) on June 15th or December 1. When the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the following business day will be the deadline.

Board decisions about proposals are normally made in April and October.

Two hard copies of the complete proposal signed by the organization’s chief executive officer or board chair must be received by the program deadline date. If possible, please email the proposal to VEE as well.

VEE does not accept unsolicited pure research proposals. VEE will consider proposals for applied research that have a direct tie to policy outcomes consistent with VEE’s priorities but only upon review of a one-page Letter of Intent received at least four weeks prior to the application deadline. After review of the Letter, VEE will notify an applicant of whether it may submit a full proposal.

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.

Approved grants are paid in installments on a reimbursement basis. VEE does not reimburse project costs that are incurred before the authorization date of any grant that might be awarded. Grants are typically awarded in October and April.

Submission requirements:


Contact Information:

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

Mailing Address:
Joseph H. Maroon, Executive Director
Virginia Environmental Endowment
P.O. Box 790
Richmond, Virginia 23218-0790

Package Delivery Address:
Virginia Environmental Endowment
SunTrust Center
919 E Main Street, Suite 1070
Richmond, VA 23219

If possible, please email the proposal to VEE as well: send to

Joseph H. Maroon, Executive Director
(804) 644-5000

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