Annual Environmental Grants

The Rockfall Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Nov 9, 2024 9:00am PST

Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Environmental Education Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Natural Resources

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Connecticut: Middlesex County, New London County

Location of residency: United States

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Annual Environmental Grant Program

The Rockfall Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2023 Annual Environmental Grants Program, available to non-profit organizations, municipalities, and schools. The Environmental Grants are for projects and programs that support the environment through conservation, preservation, restoration, or education in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, which includes Middlesex County as well as Lyme and Old Lyme.

Funding for materials, transportation, program/presenter fees, intern stipends and similar items are eligible.  Funding must be applied to the items/activities described in the application form. Substitutions are not permitted unless prior approval has been obtained.

Applications are rated on the following criteria:

  • likelihood of proposal reaching fruition;
  • clear alignment and benefit to a priority area;
  • innovation;
  • engagement of youth leaders;
  • environmental justice;
  • implications beyond the immediate purview of the proposal;
  • likelihood on continuation without further funding from the Foundation; and
  • a budget that is clear and reasonable.

Types of programs, projects and initiatives that are funded include:

  • environmental education,
  • responsible environmental planning,
  • preservation of the Connecticut River Watershed,
  • innovative solutions to waste stream management and pollution,
  • open space acquisition,
  • environmental justice, or
  • anything consistent with the priorities listed.

Environmental Education is broadly defined, and not limited to school curricula; environmental education programs can target any age from preschool through adults. Activities that engage young people, provide hands-on experiences, offer internships, or creative approaches to learning are encouraged.

Capital projects that facilitate learning are not prohibited but will be carefully scrutinized for their application to hands-on learning. Planning projects should be approached with consideration for the natural environment and those that support sustainable communities. Preservation of the Connecticut River Watershed includes projects designed to protect and benefit the water quality of the Connecticut River watershed and raise awareness of responsible living in the watershed. Given the current situation, extra attention will also be paid to digital and virtual platforms in this grant round.

Priority Areas

  • Preservation – work to protect ecosystems, species, and other irreplaceable elements of the region’s natural heritage.
  • Conservation – work to minimize our use of finite natural resources and our negative impacts on ecosystems and communities.
  • Restoration – work to re-establish the healthy functions of an ecosystem or parts of ecosystems.
  • Education – work to foster a stronger awareness and understanding of environmental and sustainability issues.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible projects are those that support the environment through preservation, conservation, restoration or education.
  • Organizations certified as 501(c)(3) nonprofits, towns, religious institutions and schools are eligible to apply.
    • Prospective applicants may partner with a 501(c)(3) or a municipality, as co-applicants, to comply with this requirement.
    • A letter of agreement of this partnership from the host entity must be included with the application, stating that they agree to be equally responsible for compliance with all grant requirements.
  • Organizations or projects must be based in one of the focus towns: Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, or Westbrook.
    • Proposals that focus on the Connecticut River corridor or Long Island Sound will be considered as long as there is a demonstrated impact in at least one of the focus towns.


  • Items such as food, regular operating expenses (e.g. insurance, rent, and other overhead), indirect labor salaries and benefits are not generally funded, but may be considered for organizations under extreme financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This page was last reviewed August 21, 2023 and last updated August 21, 2023