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Environmental Stewardship Fund

Addressing environmental challenges and encouraging appreciation for nature.

Foundation-Directed
Donor-Directed
Families of Funds

Purpose

Environmental Grants

The Environmental Stewardship Fund was established in 2003 with gifts of at least $1,000 from 54 founding donors and a match approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. This fund contributes its available grant money to the Bright Idea Fund specifically to support creative, economically feasible and environmentally sound solutions that benefit broad segments of the population to improve the well-being of current and future generations. A variety of environmental grants are available from the Bright Idea Fund ranging from $2,500-$25,000. Learn more here.

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

What We Fund

Priorities:

Purpose: Support creative, economically feasible solutions that benefit broad segments of the population to improve the well-being of current and future generations. Requests must meet at least one of the fund’s stated priorities:

Priority 1: Access and Inclusion — Provide opportunities and remove barriers so all people can experience nature and learn the importance of a healthy environment.Priority 2: Community Education & Awareness — Improve environmental education and increase public awareness about environmental topics affecting our communities, homes and places of business.Priority 3: Well-Being — Preserve, protect and enhance the region's natural resources in ways that will improve the well-being of current and future residents.

 

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 apply through our Bright Idea Fund grant process here.