Grant Programs

NEGEF grants are designed for groups that:

  • are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
  • are volunteer-driven or have up to 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
  • have an annual operating budget up to $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.

SEED grants

Quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).

Deadline: Apply anytime

(expect a decision in 4 weeks)

Grant range: $250 – $1,000

Apply for a Seed grant if your group:

  • is launching a new or evolving community-based project;
  • expenses are for materials, outreach and/or other project expenses;
  • project costs generally less than $10,000;
  • needs a quick decision;
  • submitted its last successful Seed application at least 1 year ago.

Start application Learn more Grant Report Form

GROW grants

Competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.

Deadlines: March 15 & September 15

(expect decisions early June & December)

Grant range: $1,000 – $3,500

Apply for a Grow grant if your group:

  • needs help evolving and expanding the community group;
  • expenses can 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 at least 1 year ago.

Start application Learn more Grant Report Form

Grantee Services

NEGEF offers other services to its grantees, such as fiscal sponsor services and scholarship grants to attend pertinent conferences, events and trainings. Learn more about these services

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