New England Grassroots Environment Fund: Grow Grant

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

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Next anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 16, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $3,500

Fields of work: Sustainability Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice & Advocacy Horticulture & Gardening Environmental Stewardship

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Show all

Location of residency: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Show all

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About this funder:



Grow grants are geared to established groups who are ready to expand the scope of their work. Grow groups often have 1+ year experience running community projects and are ready to take on (pieces of) local system strategy around their issue. Grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders. The Grassroots Fund interprets the word ‘environment’ broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities. Whole systems-thinking is critical to initiatives focused on making our environment better, healthier and more sustainable.

Examples of Grow grant projects include:

  • a community garden looking to initiate a food policy council and take on food security challenges in their community;
  • a local energy committee planning to implement a community-wide energy plan;
  • a sustainability committee establishing a time trade effort to support local resources.

The overall goals of Grow Grant program are to:

  • Increase civic engagement, volunteerism, emerging leaders and community initiatives that create healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities at the neighborhood and town level in New England;
  • Help community leaders move single issue, backyard debates to positive, inclusive, systemic, constructive, and lasting community solutions;
  • Link community-based advocacy with the work of state-wide and national organizations without losing local identity; and
  • Establish and maintain informed networks of activists across the region that are committed to building a just and equitable society.

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


  • Apply for a Grow grant if your group:     
    • needs help deepening and expanding the community project;    
    • expenses include general operating, stipends, capacity building, program development, expert assistance, etc.    
    • has been active for more than 1 year;    
    • submitted its last successful Grow application no less than 1 year ago.
  • Group Eligibility Criteria:     
    • Is doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;    
    • Is volunteer-driven or has no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);    
    • Has an annual operating budget of under $100,000


  • Please note that NEGEF does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. Our focus is on community-based, local initiatives.
  • NEGEF funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.
  • The Grassroots Fund does not fund the following projects:     
    • Lobbying or partisan political activities     
    • Acquisition of land and/or buildings    
    • Studies with no follow-up action     
    • Publication of books or reports     
    • Micro- or mini-grant programs    
    • Individuals    
    • For-profits


This page was last reviewed July 30, 2020 and last updated March 17, 2020