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Grants to USA Nonprofits for National and International
Initiatives to Improve the Environment

National and International Environmental Program Grant

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The New York Community Trust (NYCT)

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Deadline Date:

10/15/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for initiatives that improve the environment. Funding is intended to support national and international projects that address climate change, reduce greenhouse gases and other toxic pollutants, protect public health, and preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation.

The Trust’s National and International Environment Program helps to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; adapt and become more resilient to the consequences of a warming world; protect public health and the environment from toxic chemicals; and connect critical wildlife habitat through the establishment and preservation of conservation corridors. 

National Environment Grants

The goals of this program are to mitigate climate change; make communities more resilient to climate change; protect public health from the hazards of toxic chemicals and pollutants; and preserve biological diversity.

Grants are made to promote more environmentally sustainable, resilient, and just communities that:

  • Mitigate climate change by:
    • Promoting energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy for buildings;
    • Shifting to electric or low-emission vehicles and greater use of mass transit;
    • Promoting a smarter, more resilient grid and distributed (on site) generation;
    • Reducing emissions from existing fossil fuel-powered facilities and extraction activities; and
    • Establishing regional programs, performance standards, and regulations that help reduce emissions.
  • Make communities, especially the most disadvantaged, more resilient to a changing climate by:
    • Creating infrastructure that reduces storm-water run-off and absorbs storm surges;
    • Protecting shoreline communities by conserving or enhancing natural barriers;
    • Encouraging more sustainable building design and land use through policy reforms; and
    • Better planning and preparation for weather-related emergencies, especially for low-income and other vulnerable residents.
  • Protect public health from the hazards of toxic pollutants by:
    • Supporting targeted scientific research that can be used to develop policy;
    • Promoting safer chemical and heavy metal policies and practices, especially for infants, children and other vulnerable people;
    • Eliminating toxic chemicals from products through market campaigns focused on retailers and manufacturers;
    • Enhancing protections for low-income communities near polluting facilities; and
    • Minimizing the hazards of new and expanded fossil fuel extraction on nearby communities.
  • Preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation by:
    • Establishing, enhancing, and monitoring wildlife migration corridors; and
    • Supporting functional connectivity between fragmented habitat that enables species to move and live safely.

The Fund encourages initiatives that cut across these program areas, especially those focused on smart growth, sustainable agriculture and regional food systems, and sustainable production.

With the exception of those focused on New York State, all projects must benefit more than one U.S. state or territory to be considered.

International Environment Grants

The Trust makes international grants to U.S. organizations that are building the capacity of government, academic institutions, private sector entities, and nonprofits to:

  • Protect biodiversity;
  • Improve environmental health; and
  • Reduce greenhouse gases around the world.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182147

Number of Grants:

The Trust makes two or three internationally focused grants every year.

Term of Contract:

Although the Trust's general practice is to make grants for one year. applicants should be sure to make the case for multi-year funding in their proposal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust typically works with US-based nonprofits. Most competitive grants go to public charities, or to groups sponsored by one. Grantees (or fiscal agents) should have a board of directors with at least five members, and no more than one paid board member.

The Trust does not make grants to individuals, or for general operating support, capital and building campaigns, endowments, equipment, deficit financing, or religious purposes.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A virtual information session on The Trust’s National and International Environment Program and submission procedures will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 2 pm ET.

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Pre-Application Information:

LOIs should be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 15, 2021 to ensure consideration in the Fall 2021 pool.

The Trust does not accept unsolicited proposals for the National and International Environment Program, which starts the process with an LOI. The LOI is to be submitted through the Grants Portal during three-week windows each fall (late September) and winter (late February). A small percentage of those LOIs will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Please direct all questions to Arturo Garcia-Costas at

The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 686-0010

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