Water Conservation And Restoration Grants Program

New Belgium Brewing Co

Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Partnering with nonprofit organizations and community involvement have always been a big part of New Belgium. It's so important to us to show up authentically in the communities where we do business, to give back to those who have supported us along the way and to advocate for a future that's bright for all. In 1995 we committed $1 for every barrel of beer sold to nonprofit organizations in the communities where we sold our beer. Since then, New Belgium Brewing has donated more than $9 million through our Grants Program. In 2018 we will donate over $900,000 to projects across the United States.

Small Grants Program Overview

The coworker grants committee was established in 1995 and to this day, remains the backbone of the Small Grants Program. This interdepartmental group, open to all interested coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of distribution. 

The purpose of our Small Grants Program is to serve and connect with communities where we sell our beers. We want to cultivate relationships and support those making an impact. Our goal is to improve the health of the planet and inspire others to joyously embrace sustainable choices.

Category: Water Conservation + Restoration

The communities in which we brew our beer are intrinsically bound to great American rivers: the Cache la Poudre in Fort Collins, CO and the French Broad River in Asheville, NC. Access to clean water is a (threatened) basic human right, and the effects of climate change exacerbate the aridity of the West. Since water makes up over 90% of our beer, we approach our role as stewards of these rivers sincerely. We aim to take only what we need and return any excess water as clean as we got it. This means reducing our water consumption wherever we can and avoiding the use of toxic cleaning agents or anything else that might compromise the purity of the water as it leaves our facility. 

Of course, we can do everything within our power to reduce the quantity and increase the quality of the water re use, but that alone won’t preserve and rebuild the country’s many threatened rivers. We are a small splash in a giant pond, and we want to make our splash ripple. 

We are in support of Water Conservation and Restoration projects that: 

  • Support conservation policy and advocacy
  • Restore and protect ecosystem health and biodiversity
  • Promote management practices that improve the use of water resources for the protection
  • and benefit of public health, human communities and or animal welfare

Please note, while we are deeply connected to the rivers in our backyard, we offer support for water projects in all of our geographic funding areas.  

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


  • New Belgium beer is now available nationwide! Which means all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible for small grants in 2018. 
  • Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.


  • We do not fund:
    • Programming or projects that fall outside of our 5 grant categories: Youth Environmental Education, Sustainable Agriculture, Bicycle Advocacy, Smart Growth and Climate, and Water Conservation and Restoration
    • Organizations receiving New Belgium funding, sponsorship and/or in-kind donation of beer or any New Belgium goods amounting to 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 and receive funds from this event
    • 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 operating requests, institutional overhead, indirect costs, or facilities and administration costs
    • Foundations who allocate requested funds to other organizations, individuals, or schools
    • City, County or State agencies
  • We do not offer small grants to international programs at this time.
  • In order to encourage diverse income sources, organizations that have received consecutive grant funding over a three year period are not eligible to apply for one calendar year
  • Requests for in-kind product donations and/or sponsorship will be immediately declined.
    • Event sponsorships: Opportunities to partner with organizations interested in trading New Belgium brand exposure for product or sponsorship dollars.
    • Product donations: In kind donations of beer and groovy goods to benefit worthy causes e.g. wearables, bike, etc.

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