Smart Growth Grants Program

New Belgium Brewing Co

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2018

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California Expand all

Location of residency: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California Expand all

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Partnering with non-profit organizations and community involvement have always been a part of New Belgium. In 1995 when the philanthropy program was conceived, we began donating $1 for every barrel of beer sold to non-profit organizations in the communities where we sell our beers. This effort spurred the establishment of a philanthropy committee that, to this day, remains the backbone of the program. This inter-departmental group, open to all interested coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of distribution. Since its inception, New Belgium Brewing has donated more than $8 million through our grant programs and in 2015 co-workers donated over 2773 hours of volunteer time to their community. 

New Belgium embraces growth as a way to bring opportunity and prosperity to co workers and their families.  This path underscores the responsibility to prove business can be a force for good.  One way we evidence this ideal is by incorporating Smart Growth practices in our breweries and our communities in Fort Collins, CO and Asheville, NC.  We support systems that promote clean air, clean water, and strong local economies.  We all deserve to live in places that optimize environmental, economic, and social well-being.  By funding projects that support smart growth, we're creating opportunities for New Belgium beer drinkers to advance sustainable infrastructure in communities where we sell our beer.  Let's make great neighborhoods all over the place.

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


  • The states to receive funding in 2016:
    • Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
  • Organizations must be Non-Profit by its kind.
  • New Belgium is in support of Smart Growth projects that:
    • Influence development and revitalization that protects natural resources and promotes clean air, water and energy.
    • Incorporate strategies to strengthen or create safe transportation infrastructure with all users in mind- including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
    • Emphasize proactive, sustainable, inclusive planning.
    • Take into account climate change mitigation and adaptation.
    • Promote economic transition plans in fossil fuel based communities.


  • The New Belgium does not fund:
    • Organizations who receive a NBB sponsorship of more than $2500 in a calendar year.
    • Organizations without 501(c) (3) status, we do not fund organizations utilizing a fiscal sponsor.
    • Organizations who partner with Tour de Fat or Clips of Faith and receive funds from these events.
    • Debt reduction.
    • Requests from individuals including scholarships.
    • Conferences, conventions or workshops.
    • Organizations for religious purposes.
    • Fundraising events, music festivals, film festivals or cultural events.
    • Direct submittals from public or private schools.
    • Production of films or other media-related projects.
    • General operations.
    • Foundations who allocate requested funds to other organizations, individuals, or schools
    • City, County or State agencies.
    • In order to encourage diverse income sources, organizations that have received consecutive funding over a three year period are not eligible to apply for one calendar year.

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