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2018 Every Day Capacity Building Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Groups Supporting
Public Lands for Capacity Building Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

Deadline Date:

11/05/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA nonprofit friends groups and community-based organizations affiliated with public lands for capacity building activities. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations that support the stewardship and conservation of public lands sites.

Successful proposals will:

-Demonstrate a positive, collaborative partnerships with a local public land site that has been in effect for at least one (1) year.
-Describe a needed and well-planned project that can be carried out by the applicant.
-Demonstrate that the project will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the organization.
-Demonstrate that the project will strengthen the organization's ability to serve the public land site.

For the purposes of this grant, Capacity Building activities are defined as those that strengthen a nonprofit's ability to operate more effectively at an organizational level. To understand capacity building, a nonprofit must think about how it operates, not about a program or initiative. Capacity building is strategic and requires reflection on organizational strengths and weaknesses.

Grant proposals must align with one of the following project types.
- Organizational Assessment (e.g., systematic review of an organization's processes, work environment, and organizational structure; obtain valid information about the performance of the organization and factors that affect performance, etc.)
- Strategic Planning (e.g., define organizational strategy or direction, develop mechanisms for guiding the implementation of the strategy, etc.)
- Board Development (e.g., enhance the skills of the organization's board members)
- Communications (e.g., update or create website, paid social media campaign, etc.)
- Finance (e.g., purchase of and/or training for accounting software, etc.)
- Fundraising (e.g., direct mail campaign, purchase fundraising tracking system, etc.)
- Tax Exemption Process
- Technology (e.g., purchase database software, replace outdated systems, etc.)
- Staff Training (e.g., develop basic training for new staff; attend training(s) that strengthen the skills, competencies, and abilities of staff, etc.)
- Volunteer Recruitment (e.g., develop new volunteer partnerships, develop tools to improve the volunteer experience, etc.)
- Volunteer Training (e.g., develop new training material for volunteers, create a lead volunteer program, etc.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180753

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The grant performance period will be one year from the date grantees are notified of their application status.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


-Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or working through a fiscal agent.

-Have been in existence for at least two (2) years.

-Be a Friends Group or community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is focused on serving a public land site in the United States and the improvement and responsible use of that site. This includes groups that serve more than one site, such as a regional group of parks. Public schools and their grounds are not eligible.

-Have an established collaborative relationship with a local public land site (including federal state, regional, county, city, or other local public land areas) for at least one year.

-Request funding for only capacity building projects - see Description above or visit NEEF's Glossary of Terms and FAQ (link in Pre-Application Information) for explanation and examples of organizational capacity building.

Please note that past NEEF Every Day Grantees (Capacity Building and Event) must have closed out their grant performance periods by submitting a satisfactory Final Report in order to be eligible for the 2018 Capacity Building Grant.

Funds cannot be used for:
-Conducting lobbying, carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.
-Influencing the outcome of any specific election through any means.
-Purposes other than charitable, scientific, or educational.
-Budget shortfalls, general support, or endowment funds.
-Events on public lands.
-Landscaping, land acquisition, or real estate purchases.
-Giveaways, such as t-shirts. However projects that increase your capacity to raise funds by developing items for sale, such as calendars or t-shirts, are allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

This year's grant will be open for approximately 10 months and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
- All applications submitted by 11:59 EST on 4/23/18 will be notified of application status by June 2018.
- All applications submitted by 11:59 EST on 7/17/18 will be notified of application status by September 2018.
- All applications submitted by 11:59 EST on 11/5/18 will be notified of application status by January 2019.

Each applicant may submit one application for this grant program.


Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions, email or call 202-261-6468.

National Environmental Education Foundation
4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 160
Washington, DC 20008-2326

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming