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Donor Services & Environmental Grants Manager
David Horst


[email protected]

Environmental Stewardship Fund

Addressing environmental challenges and encouraging appreciation for nature.

Families of Funds


Environmental Stewardship Grants

The Environmental Stewardship Fund was established in 2003 when 54 founding donors contributed at least $1,000 each in response to a $50,000 matching grant offer from the Board of Directors. These grants support smaller projects that help people preserve, enjoy or understand nature better. For larger projects, see the Environmental Sustainability focus area of the Bright Idea Fund.

Range of Grantmaking: Up to $2,500

Deadlines: Apply at any time by calling the contact listed below.

What We Fund


  1. Furthering preservation or protection of nature;
  2. Enhancing enjoyment of nature;
  3. Improving public knowledge and awareness of the natural world.

What We Don't Fund

Environmental Stewardship grants typically don't support the following:

  • General operating expenses not related to the proposed project.
  • Capital projects, except minor capital expenses directly related to the programs.
  • Projects so large that our grant would have little impact.
  • Medical research
  • Travel costs for projects that occur outside of the Fox Valley region.
  • Fund-raisers

To Apply

First, read the Community Foundation’s general grant policies to see if your project qualifies. Then discuss your environmental stewardship grant proposal with:

David Horst
Donor Services & Environmental Grants Manager
[email protected]