Water Conservation And Restoration Grants Program

New Belgium Brewing Co

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

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2018

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

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

Location of residency: United States

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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. 

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 we 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. 

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


  • Organizations must be 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.
  • New Belgium is 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 any of the 40 states where we distribute our beer.


  • 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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