Thriving Communities: National and International Environmental Grantmaking

New York Community Trust

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $60,000

Fields of work: Sustainability Urban Planning Energy Environmental Conservation Environment Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology Environmental Health Green Infrastructure Climate Change Resilience Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity, College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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National Environment

Program goals: to mitigate climate change; make communities more resilient to climate change; protect public health from the hazards of toxic chemicals and pollutants; and preserve biological diversity.

Grants are made to promote more environmentally sustainable, resilient, and just communities that:

  • Mitigate climate change by:
    • promoting energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy for buildings;
    • shifting to electric or low-emission vehicles and greater use of mass transit;
    • promoting a smarter, more resilient grid and distributed (on site) generation;
    • reducing emissions from existing fossil fuel-powered facilities and extraction activities; and
    • establishing regional programs, performance standards, and regulations that help reduce emissions.
  • Make communities, especially the most disadvantaged, more resilient to a changing climate by:
    • creating infrastructure that reduces storm-water run-off and absorbs storm surges;
    • protecting shoreline communities by conserving or enhancing natural barriers;
    • encouraging more sustainable building design and land use through policy reforms; and
    • better planning and preparation for weather-related emergencies, especially for low-income and other vulnerable residents.
  • Protect public health from the hazards of toxic pollutants by:
    • supporting targeted scientific research that can be used to develop policy;
    • promoting safer chemical and heavy metal policies and practices, especially for infants, children and other vulnerable people;
    • eliminating toxic chemicals from products through market campaigns focused on retailers and manufacturers;
    • enhancing protections for low-income communities near polluting facilities; and
    • minimizing the hazards of new and expanded fossil fuel extraction on nearby communities.
  • Preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation by:
    • establishing, enhancing, and monitoring wildlife migration corridors; and
    • supporting functional connectivity between fragmented habitat that enables species to move and live safely.

We encourage initiatives that cut across these program areas, especially those focused on smart growth, sustainable agriculture and regional food systems, and sustainable production.

International Environment

Each year, we make only two or three international grants to U.S. organizations that are building the capacity of government, academic institutions, private sector entities, and nonprofits to:

  • Protect biodiversity;
  • Improve environmental health; and
  • Reduce greenhouse gases around the world.

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


  • Most of our competitive grants go to public charities, or groups sponsored by one. 
  • Grantees (or fiscal agents) should have a board of directors with at least five members, and no more than one paid board member. 
  • We fund programs that promote change in policy or systems, build capacity of organizations, and expand and/or improve direct service.
  • With the exception of those focused on New York State, all projects must benefit more than one U.S. state or territory to be considered.


  • We do not make grants to individuals, or for general operating support, capital and building campaigns, endowments, equipment, deficit financing, or religious purposes. 


This page was last reviewed August 08, 2022 and last updated February 08, 2022