Grant Programs

Grassroots Fund Seed, Grow & Young Adult Leader 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 no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
  • have an annual operating budget under $100,000;

Please note that Grassroots Fund does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. Our focus is on community-based, local initiatives. Grassroots funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.

Watch a webinar on Grassroots Fund grant programs and how to apply here!

Want to particpate in our grant review process?  

We are inviting anybody to help read through applications and share your perspectives. General time commitment as a grant reader is 5 to 10 hours spread out over 4 to 6 weeks. Sign up to help read Grow applications (projects looked to deepen or broaden their work) and/or Young Adult Leader grant requests (projects giving meaningful leadership roles to young adults).  

Join as a Grow grant reader

Join as a Young Adult Leader grant reader

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 to 6 weeks)

Grant range: $250 – $1,000

Apply for a Seed grant if your group:

  • is launching a new or recently evolving community-based project;
  • expenses are for materials, outreach and/or other project expenses;
  • project costs are generally less than $10,000;
  • needs a quick decision;
  • submitted its last successful Seed application no less than 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 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.

Start application

Learn more

Grant Report Form 

Young Adult Leaders Grant Program

Capacity Building grants for groups empowering youth-led initiatives that allow young adults to design, lead, and engage a community-based effort from inception.

Deadline: Letter of Interest deadline is March 12 and Full Application Deadline is March 26

Grant range: $5,000 - $7,500

Apply for a Young Adult Leaders grant if your group:

  • is a past grantee or established group with at least 2 years of project history
  • has a project led by young adults between the ages of 15-25 years old
  • is seeking to substantively incorporate youth into governance and program design/delivery


Submit Letter of Interest


Learn more

Grant Report Form