GNH Green Fund Small and Large Grants

Greater New Haven Green Fund

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 11, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: New Haven County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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The New Haven Green Fund, Inc., (“Greater New Haven Green Fund” “the Green Fund” or “the Fund”) a 501c(3) non-profit corporation was incorporated in 2006. The constituent municipalities of the Greater New Haven Regional Water Pollution Control Authority (GNHWPCA) agreed to establish an environmental fund of $1,000,000 when they purchased the Water Pollution Control Authority from the City of New Haven. The creation of the Greater New Haven Green Fund, Inc. fulfills this requirement. 

The Fund was created to support environmental and public health initiatives in overburdened areas of New Haven and the other municipalities that make up the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority and is governed by Greater New Haven Green Fund through a board of directors. 

Greater New Haven Green Fund also receives funds on behalf of the community from community benefit agreements that result from Connecticut’s Environmental Justice Law. These funds will be invested back into the community in the form of small grants to support environmental and public health initiatives with an environmental focus to mitigate the impacts of pollution. The first instance of this involves $20,000 received under the City’s first Community Benefits Agreement with (Public Service Enterprise Group, Incorporated (PSEG, Inc.), owner of the Harbor Power Plant in New Haven. These funds are for grants to support projects focused on air quality and the adverse health effects from air pollution in the New Haven area.

Vision for the Greater New Haven Green Fund 

The Greater New Haven Green Fund will be a driving force to engage and empower citizens and organizations working to create a clean, healthy, and sustainable greater New Haven community. 

Mission of the Greater New Haven Green Fund

The mission of the Greater New Haven Green Fund is to promote environmental quality and equity in the most environmentally distressed neighborhoods within Greater New Haven by providing grants and other incentives to support initiatives that reduce exposure to air, water, and land pollution and to create a more sustainable future. 

The Fund will support progressive initiatives of environmental organizations and grassroots organizations that advance environmental justice, community sustainability, and restoration of the natural environment.

Grant Categories

  • Major Grants: Grants of $3,000-$10,000 to established environmental and community organizations with a track record of addressing issues in priority areas.
  • Small Grants: Grants of $1000-3,000 to support community-based efforts.

This funding can be used for mission support and capacity building. Of the approximately $46,000 to be awarded this year, our goal is to award $14,000 in small grants and $32,000 in major grants. 

Environmental Conditions Addressed

New Haven has many factors that make our air, water and soil contaminated and unhealthy for residents. We have more than our fair share of polluting facilities and high diesel traffic including power plants, a confluence of major interstates in our city's center, a train depot for converting train engines from electric to diesel, a deep water port facility to connect oil from cargo ships to a pipeline that pumps oil throughout New England as well as a sewer plant that imports sludge from around the state to incinerate in New Haven.

New Haven has a long history of being an industrial city powered by coal and heavy fuel oil. Local zoning laws have allowed our city to accumulate a high proportion of waste transfer stations and other polluting industries. As a result we have many brown fields due to pollution from past activities, making it all the more difficult for our city to generate new business opportunities.

The adverse health effects from the poor air quality alone account for increased asthma hospitalization (highest in the state of CT), increases in respiratory illness, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature death, and stunted lung growth in children in our population. Specific instances of community health issues with environmental origins include:

  • Obesity is an epidemic here as in many cities; how do we encourage children to play outside and for adults to be active when the air they breathe is unhealthy?
  • Residents fish in our local rivers and harbor; many are low income and depend on fish for a protein source. The fish are contaminated by exposure to water pollution and not safe to eat for pregnant women and their unborn children.
  • Many gardeners working toward sustainability by growing their own food have to import clean soil in raised beds because our soil is so contaminated.

These are examples of the many problems related to environmental pollution that need to be addressed with creative solutions.

Grant Categories

The Fund will make grants in three categories for activities that are prioritized by the Greater New Haven Green Fund Board of Directors:

  • Major Grants: Grants of $3,000-$10,000 to established environmental and community organizations with a track record of addressing issues in priority areas.
  • Small Grants: Grants of $1,000-3,000 to support community advocacy based efforts.
  • MicroGrants

Issue Areas of Interest

The Fund seeks innovative proposals from committed organizations and individuals for activities that advance our stated mission. Collaborative projects between environmental organizations and outreach organizations are encouraged.

Projects considered for funding will include, but not be limited to:

  • Organizing, advocacy, and community engagement for environmental justice including education about adverse health effects from pollution and tools to improve health outcomes.
  • Climate change resiliency and mitigation initiatives
  • Environmental/conservation/sustainability-oriented educational programs 
  • 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, climate resiliency, and decrease pollution
  • Applied research in environmental and public health areas that addresses community issues
  • Community planning and advocacy activities contributing to healthier neighborhoods
  • Small and Micro Grants for mission support and capacity building 

The Fund is interested in projects and initiatives that are grounded in an understanding of what works to address these issues – this understanding can come from the literature on successful community environmental initiatives or from a group’s own local experience and analysis. We are also interested in new ideas that you think are worth trying. In all cases, tell us clearly why you think your proposal will have an impact, what that impact will be, and how you will measure and report on it. 

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


  • Type of Organizations can be:
    • Community-based Grassroots Organization
    • Established Nonprofit


  • The GNHGF is particularly interested in small grant applications from grassroots organizations.


  • Applicants applying for a major grant will not be considered for a small grant.
  • Applications from any organization with a report due and outstanding from a previous years’ GNHGF grant will not be considered.