Whether you are building trails, restoring habitats, conducting research or planning a field trip, you know how challenging it can be to find sufficient funding to help you achieve your goals. Let our Grants page serve as a stepping stone to help you find the funds you need.

If you are new at writing grant proposals, check these tips, courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Use this checklist to help quantify the quality of your application, courtesy of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

Conservation Grants

Access Fund (Climbing Conservation)
American Hiking Society National Trails Fund
American Hiking Society Trail Assistance
Balsam Mountain Trust
Carolina Thread Trail Grants
Conservation Alliance
Conservation for Agricultural Producers
Conservation Partners Program (NFWF & their partners)
Conservation Trust for North Carolina  (land trust grants)
Cornell Lab of Ornithology  (mini grants)
Home Depot (e.g., planting trees with a community impact grant)
L.L. Bean Grants and Product Donations
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Geographic Conservation Trust
National Park Service Community Projects
Private Landowner Network
Recreational Trails Program  (FHWA)
REI Local Grants Program
Sierra Club Nearby Nature Grants
US Army Corps of Engineers
Wells Fargo – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
World Wildlife Foundation  (conservation workshops)

Environmental Education Grants (K-12)

L.L. Bean Grants and Product Donations
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation  (see traditional grants)
Project Learning Tree
Target Field Trip Grants
Other Grants  (updated by NC Environmental Education

Expedition and Travel Grants

American Alpine Club
GORE-TEX Shipton/Tilman Grant
Land Rover
National Geographic Expeditions Council
RootsRated University Inspiration Grant  (Student Travel)
Royal Geographic Society
Scott Perlman Field Award (The Explorers Club)
SheAdventures Scholar  (Travel to British Columbia)
The Adventure Fund
The North Face Adventure Grant


Carolina Bird Club
Conservation  (assorted Federal agencies)
Environmental Protection Agency
National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
Royal Geographic Society Fieldwork Grants
The Explorers Club