Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect
Drinking Water and Natural Gas Resources
Drinking Water and Natural Gas Resources
Foundation / Corporation
Grants to USA nonprofits to address environmental issues, specifically the protection of clean drinking water resources, as well as efforts to challenge the development of natural gas use and infrastructure in New York State.
The Foundation is interested in diverse approaches that raise awareness and offer solutions to drinking water and energy concerns, including, but not limited to, policy development, advocacy, organizing, and corporate responsibility.
Additionally, the Foundation will consider support for investigative reporting outlets that raise awareness and provide new information on drinking water and shale gas energy issues. Stories may be national in scope, but funding is generally targeted to coverage of issues that are relevant to New York State.
Program Area Details:
- The Foundation supports efforts on a national scale or in New York State that promote: strong and enforced water policies; increased investment in publicly owned and operated water infrastructure; empowerment of communities and individuals to exercise their rights to protect drinking water resources; and reduced consumption of bottled water.
- On a limited basis, the Foundation is exploring opportunities to support organizing and advocacy at the national scale to address lead in drinking water.
- The Foundation supports statewide efforts in New York that decrease reliance on fossil fuels, particularly natural gas, by challenging the expansion of its infrastructure, including pipelines, compressor stations and new natural gas power plants. The Foundation will also consider requests that will help shift the state’s energy needs away from conventional fossil fuel sources and toward a clean energy system that is accessible, affordable and protective of citizens’ health.
Other environmental grants that cover additional geographic and issue areas are made at the Foundation's initiative and the scope of these interests is separate from these guidelines. Please contact the Foundation for more information.
Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Please note: Capital grants are highly selective and generally limited to nonprofits in Tompkins County, NY.
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction.
2017 Deadlines: January 6, March 31, July 7, September 29
Calls or emails to program staff are also welcome to help assess fit with program interests. Proposals and letters of inquiry are reviewed on a quarterly basis according to the dates above.
Prospective applicants may want to consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry as a preliminary step before submitting a full proposal. Although a Letter of Inquiry is not required before submitting a full proposal, the Foundation does recommend it specifically for (1) documentary requests; (2) when an organization is new to the Foundation; or 3) if the applicant is unsure whether the request fits the Foundation’s guidelines.
Proposals must arrive at the Foundation’s office by the dates listed to be considered for a grant at the next quarterly Board meeting. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email, usually within a week of receipt. While the Foundation does not guarantee it, most decisions on full proposals are made within the quarter. Occasionally, proposals are deferred to a subsequent quarter for reasons of volume, need for additional review, or other circumstances. Applicants will be notified if a deferral occurs.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit a letter of inquiry here:
Submit full proposals here:
If applicants have questions about the electronic forms or process, please call the office at 607.272.9124 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For program-specific questions, contact Amy B. Panek, Environment Program Officer at email@example.com.
Emailed or faxed proposals or letter of inquiry are only accepted with prior approval from the Foundation. Please use the application documents provided below and submit all written correspondence to:
Park Foundation, Inc.,
140 Seneca Way, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850
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