GNH Green Fund Micro Grants

Greater New Haven Green Fund

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Next deadline: May 31, 2020

Later deadlines: Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Biomedical

Location of project: New Haven County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Note: We consider micro grant applications on a rolling basis from September 1 through May 31 of the following year. 

New Haven faces a number of environmental challenges that make its air, water and soil contaminated and unhealthy for residents. The City has more than its fair share of polluting facilities and high diesel traffic, including: multiple power plants, a confluence of major interstate highways, a regional train depot, a deep-water port facility and associated pipelines that pump oil throughout New England, as well as a sewage treatment plant that imports sludge from around the state to incinerate in New Haven.

Our mission is to promote environmental quality and equity in the most environmentally distressed communities within Greater New Haven by providing grants and other incentives to support initiatives contributing to reduced exposure to air, water, and land pollution and a more sustainable future.


Our priorities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and community engagement for environmental justice, including education about adverse health effects from pollution and tools to improve health outcomes
  • Community-based education about air quality and the adverse health effects from air pollution in the New Haven Port area and lower Fair Haven (funded by the Community Benefits Agreement with PSEG, Inc)*
  • Environmental justice initiatives to improve air quality in lower Fair Haven and the New Haven Port area. (funded by the Community Benefits Agreement with PSEG, Inc)*
  • Sustainability initiatives, including but not limited to creating better community tools for households, businesses, organizations, etc. to integrate sustainability practices into their daily routines
  • Increased public access to natural resources  
  • Air and water cleanup initiatives
  • Innovative technology or processes to advance sustainability and decrease pollution
  • Applied research in environmental and public health areas that addresses community issues
  • Community planning activities contributing to healthier neighborhoods 

Collaborative projects between environmental organizations and outreach organizations are encouraged.


Micro Grants support events, projects, or general organizational needs for organizations that align with the Fund’s mission.

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


  • 501c(3) non-profit organizations are eligible.
  • Our criteria are the following:
    • Consistency with the Green Fund's mission and priority issue areas, which must include direct impact/service in at least one of the municipalities of East Haven, Hamden, New Haven and Woodbridge.
    • Likely or projected impact on environmental equity and quality based on proposed work and clear explanation of how and why it will have an impact
    • Evidence that the applicant will deliver on its promise in the specific proposal under consideration based on capacity (experience, committed resources, and management expertise), track record, evidence of support
    • Plan to measure the impact of the work and agreement and ability to report results of fund investment
    • Cost and cost-effectiveness: budget is clear and appropriate for project