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Foundation Grants

  • Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations: Comprehensive list of 1,614 Pennsylvania foundations. Book is available online or hard copy for $35.00. For more information, click here.
  • The Norman Foundation: Supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental, and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. These efforts may promote economic justice and development through community organizing, coalition building, and policy reform efforts; work to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice; link community-based economic and environmental justice organizing to national and international reform efforts. For more information, click here.
  • Pennsylvania American Water Environmental Grant Program: This program awards grants of up to $10,000 to support diverse types of environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts. For more information, click here.
  • Coldwater Heritage Partnership: Grants for up to $6,000 to facilitate community support for natural resource conservation in Pennsylvania. The overall goal of the funding agency is to improve streams, water and fishing sources throughout the state. The purpose of the available funding is to build local awareness and support for the long-term stewardship of cold-water streams and their surrounding watersheds. For more information, click here.
  • National Trails Fund: Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 for non-profit organizations that are committed to protecting nature and helping Americans enjoy the outdoors. The purpose of this grant is to support organizations that establish, protect and maintain foot/hiking trails across America. For more information, click here.
  • Lee Initiatives Health and Wellness Grants: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 for non-profit organizations that improve the overall health of residents. The foundation's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the community and make the region a more enjoyable place to live. This grant will therefore fund programs that encourage individuals to put more effort into ensuring their good health as well as programs that make quality healthcare more accessible to the masses. For more information, click here.
  • Fiskars Foundation: Grants of $3,500 in cash, as well as $1,500 worth of equipment are available in order to create community gardens throughout the USA as well as in Canada. Projects must involve the creation of a new garden and should promote teamwork and community togetherness. The goal of the funding is to increase civic and community collaboration and to beautify outdoor spaces. For more information, click here.
  • Pennsylvania Grant Watch: This site lists many grant opportunities, some of which support environmental and health initiatives. You may browse the archives for free or pay a weekly/monthly subscription. To view the list of grant opportunities, click here.
  • Colcom Foundation: The foundation's principal funding interests reflect a primary concern for quality of life, which it strives to address with honesty, compassion and responsibility. Through the practice of strategic grant making, the foundation focuses its philanthropic program on environmental sustainability, natural resource preservation, land and water conservation, and efforts to establish a sustainable population. For more information, click here.
  • TreeVitalize Metros Grant: Responding to an alarming trend of the loss of trees in Pennsylvania's metropolitan areas, TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership to help restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for our environment, and build capacity among local governments to understand, protect and restore their urban trees. For more information, click here.
  • Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds: The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds is a grant-making foundation that invests in local efforts to protect healthy, natural streams, to clean up pollution and to restore degraded wildlife habitat. This is a source of matching funds for local, state and federal grants. Matching grant funds are provided to both small and large groups and organizations throughout most of Pennsylvania (this currently does not service areas east of the Susquehanna River). The foundation's goal is to assist grassroots organizations with project implementation. Convening Grants are intended to assist organizations with developing partnerships, providing community outreach, and support special events. For more information, click here.
  • Heinz Endowments: Heinz has a history of providing funds for economic development targeted at addressing the needs of low-income areas in the Pittsburgh region. Rewarding an average of $60 million in grants annually, Heinz is among the top 50 largest foundations in the country. For more information, click here.
  • The McCune Foundation: The McCune Foundation was established to enable Pittsburgh communities and nonprofit institutions to improve the quality and circumstances of life for present and future generations. Its objective is to stimulate long-lasting sustainable progress relating to community vitality and economic growth. It has funded a number of city-wide economic development projects since the foundation was established in 1979. For more information, click here.