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FUNDING SOURCES

National Park Foundation Grants
Over 100 years ago, private citizens committed themselves to protecting, and then preserving and endowing, the places they loved as national parks. The National Park Foundation - chartered by Congress as the only national charitable partner of our parks - has been the steward of that legacy. The Foundation's mission is to connect all Americans to their 391 national parks by making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and establishing special funds that enhance the national parks.

Learn more about how you can apply for National Park Foundation grants.

Grants.gov
One stop shopping for federal grants. Choose from topics such as: Agriculture, Arts, Business and Commerce, Community Development, Environmental Quality, Housing, Natural Resources, Transportation and many more. A unique feature is the Grant Opportunity Notification which will notify you of grants announcements from the Federal Grants Opportunities FGO when grants become available based on your selection of agencies, grant categories, interest or eligibility groups.

Their quarterly newsletter, Succeed, provides information on recent awards, statistics, and upcoming events. Also learn about the progress of several agencies in launching grants.gov system-to-system interfaces and how to get started on your own agency interface.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
This Web site maintained by the Government Services Administration provides access to a database of all Federal grant programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

Finding Funders - The Foundation Center's Grantmaker Web Sites
The Foundation Center maintains and regularly updates four distinct directories of annotated links to more than 2,400 grant maker Web sites. The links are organized by grant maker type, which are described on the Web page. Select a grant maker type to search or browse the summaries of the sites collected there.

Southwest Border Resource Protection Program
The Southwest Border Resource Protection Program (SWBRPP) seeks to improve cultural and natural resource stewardship of protected lands located along the border shared by the United States and Mexico by fostering relationships and collaboration between agencies and organizations and by providing financial and technical assistance to parks and protected lands. To learn about SWBRPP's mission and current initiatives and to submit a project proposal, please view the above link.

If you have questions, please contact Krista Muddle, Intermountain Regional Partnership Coordinator at 303-969-2356, Krista_Muddle@nps.gov or Sandy Capolungo, Administrative Assistant at 303-969-2844.

The Sonoran Institute's Fundraising - Finding Funding Sources
The Sonoran Institute's Web page on finding funding sources includes links to databases for federal grants, foundation and corporate grants, and directories. Highlights of the Federal Grant section include Web sites on federal funding sources available to a variety of watershed protection projects, and federal programs that may provide support for partnerships between gateway communities, the NPS, and other federal agencies, and Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs), announcements that appear in the Federal Register.

The Foundation and Corporate Grants section provides links to a database of grants, cost sharing, and technical assistance available for natural resources projects as well as useful fundraising information related to strategies for writing a successful proposal, and links to fundraising resources and training centers.

Of particular interest is the National Park Service Guidebook, found in the proposal writing section. The guidebook is specifically designed to meet the needs of NPS staff who are seeking grants to support park partnerships and activities and includes information on training opportunities. This is in pdf format.

Gateway Opportunities Guide to Federal Programs
This guide offers a basic inventory of federal programs that may provide support for partnerships between gateway communities, the NPS, and other federal agencies. Its objective is to create awareness of the opportunities that exist for collaboration, resource conservation, and community development. Its primary audience includes managers of the National Park System and leaders of gateway communities. This is in pdf format.

The NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program Helpful Tools
Although the Rivers & Trails program does not offer grants or funding, they suggest good funding sources on their Web site. The site contains a searchable database of grants, cost sharing, and technical assistance designed to help local communities reach the information, potential partners, and financial support needed to complete grassroots conservation projects in the western United States. Another searchable database on the site, the Trail and Greenway Funding Guide, contains information about a variety of federal, state and private funding sources for trails and greenways.

The Grantsmanship Center - Funding Sources
This Web site offers information on federal and state funding sources. Through links to state home pages and related agencies, you are able to find funding sources that relate to your work. Also included are links to community foundations, international funding, and Federal Register announcements.

Articles Related to Fundraising
This Web site at the Grantsmanship Center offers a broad array of articles pertaining to fundraising. Topics include, but are not limited to, fundraising via the internet and direct-emailing, planning a capital campaign for grassroots groups, innovative ways to donate, determining fundraising readiness, and new IRS rules for charitable donations.

Philanthropy News Digest Request for Proposal Bulletin
The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest Request for Proposal Bulletin provides an up to date list of Request for Proposals for grants related to a variety of issues, including education and the environment. These grants are issued by some of the largest organizations and foundations in the US. You can search the RFP database by category or by a word search.

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
The Environmental Protection Agency's Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

USDA Rural Development Funding Notices
The United States Department of Agricultural Rural Development Online announces the availability of money for many of its programs at this site.

GrantsNet
Operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), GrantsNet provides information on HHS and other government funding opportunities as well as information on grant-related issues such as grant writing, grants management and useful resources. The calendar of events section posts grants information and activities related to special events, national/regional/local conferences, and press releases.

GrantSmart Welcome
GrantSmart is an informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community. They have gathered data about private foundation activities that may be of interest to grant seekers, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors. This Web site can be used to find private foundations with areas of support that match your needs or support projects similar to the ones you are funding, or to see how private foundations spend their money.

GuideStar - The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
GuideStar, a national database of U.S. charitable organizations, gathers and distributes data on all IRS-registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations that may accept tax-deductible contributions. Currently, there are more than 850,000 organizations in their database. The Web site displays information on each nonprofit organization. Information available on these free mini-Web sites depends on the participation level of the organization. Information provided on the organization may include mission and programs, finances, accomplishments and goals, or leadership.

California State Parks
California State Parks Planning Division recently completed and released on their website two free documents: Getting A Grip on Grants and a Directory of Grant Funding Sources for Park and Recreation Providers. Both documents are on the Department's web page at www.parks.ca.gov and are easily downloadable. Although the focus of these publications are parks within California, other parks and recreation providers will find the information useful.

The Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund works in partnership with public land agencies, private landowners, foundations and corporations to purchase lands for the protection of the nation's land and water resources and sites of historical significance. Works with the NPS, USFS, and USFWS to provide training for professionals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Provides seed grants and administers leadership awards through corporate and foundation partnerships.

Earth Share
Earth Share, a federation of America's leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations, works to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization whose goals include species conservation, habitat protection, environmental education, natural resources management, habitat and ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration, and leadership training for conservation professionals. Awards challenge grants through which public and private partnerships are created and investments in conservation activities are increased.

National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF)
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF) offers information on K-12 educational performance, business and environment, healthcare and environment, and environmental stewardship. Has a competitive challenge grants program for environmental education excellence and health and the environment.

The Non-Profit Directory 2005
The Non-Profit Directory 2005 lists more than 85,000 nonprofit organizations and foundations in the United States and Canada, some of which are funding sources. Each listing includes the name of the non-profit, its website address and a full description of the organization's activities and objectives. The directory is also fully searchable with Acrobat Reader using key words. The CD is available through Canada Books at www.canadabooks.net/grants-and-loans.htm (Foundation Directories by State. Most states have published directories of foundations and grant making organizations that make grants within that state.)

Toolbox for the Great Outdoors
The Toolbox for the Great Outdoors Second Edition is available on-line at www.tools4outdoors.us. The website helps public lands and partners, including nonprofit organizations, harness funding sources and other programs which can be used to connect Americans to public lands and to enhance visitor experiences. First developed in a CD-format in 2003, the Toolbox Second Edition explains the use of 50 "tools" in 7 "drawers" or categories and showcases dozens of examples of the successful use of these tools at recreation sites.

NOAA Community-based Restoration Program
The NOAA's Community-based Restoration Program invites the public to submit proposals for available funding to implement grass-roots habitat restoration projects that will benefit living marine resources, including anadromous fish. The Federal Funding Opportunity describes the conditions under which applications (project proposals) will be accepted under the CRP and describes criteria under which applications will be evaluated for funding consideration. Projects funded through the CRP will be expected to have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that provide educational and social benefits for people and the communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources.

Funding ranges from $30,000 to $250,000. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit using grants.gov. More information and other funding opportunities are available at NOAA Restoration Center Funding Opportunities.

State of Florida - Although this inventory was set up by the State of Florida, you can search with the broadest search criteria and find a number of national grant opportunities (for wetland restoration but also many other broader environmental funding opportunities): http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wetlands/fwric/funding.htm.

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