Environmental Conservation (Awareness and Public Benefit Grants)

Triangle Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 23, 2021 8:45pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: North Carolina

Location of residency: Counties in North Carolina: Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, Wake County

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About this funder:



Conservation issues in the Triangle vary in size and complexity, and land conservation itself is often misunderstood as “locking up land” instead of having public benefit for all Triangle residents.  However, many of these issues can be successfully addressed through local, collaborative and small-scale approaches.

Triangle Community Foundation will strategically invest in increasing local land conservation awareness and support and in implementing innovative sustainable land uses through the following grant programs:

  • Awareness grants will assist organizations in expanding conservation awareness and support through community organizing, education, and advocacy.  
    • Local forums, community programs and classes, and issue-specific organizing are examples of projects the Foundation will consider.
  • Public Benefit grants will target projects that prioritize public use such as recreation, community gardens, local agriculture, and community conservation education that are consistent with land conservation and sustainable use.  
    • The Foundation will consider new program funding and capital projects such as trail construction, creation of garden beds, etc., as well as one-time matching funds for projects that produce additional benefits from existing conservation properties, including habitat restoration, access, and infrastructure improvements.

Grants will only be awarded at the $10,000 or $25,000 levels. 

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


  • The Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties with programming that focuses on conservation, preservation, environmental restoration or recreation to apply.
  • Religious congregations, governmental agencies, and organizations operating under fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit are eligible to apply when collaborating with a 501(c)(3) that meets all other criteria.
  • Organizations must meet the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Organizations must have been incorporated at least three years prior to the application deadline.
  • Only one application per organization, per grant program, will be considered.
  • Past grantees may re-apply for continued support, however a plan for sustaining the project beyond the Foundation’s support should be created.
  • Grants may be used to fund the following: personnel, professional services, advertising/printing, equipment, supplies and postage, travel, volunteer labor and in-kind resources, and other expenses related to the project/program.


  • Priority will be given to collaborative proposals.
  • The Foundation prefers that organizations provide or show matching funds with a minimum ratio of 1:1.


  • The Foundation will not consider funding: deficit or debt financing, grants solely for the purpose of re-granting, grants to individuals, or general operating and administrative costs not related to the project.