New England Grass Roots Environmental Fund

Deadline: Varies

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 two full-time paid staff (or equivalents)
    •   Have an annual 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 cannot be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs, or large capital acquisitions.

There are two grant programs that NEGEF offers:

SEED Grants
Quick, project-focused grants dedicated to helping volunteer groups launch and build their newly-evolving project(s).

Deadline: Apply anytime (expect a decision in four 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 one year ago

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

Deadlines: March 15 and September 15 (expect decisions early June and December)
Grant range: $1,000 – $3,500

Apply for a GROW Grant if your group:

  • Needs help evolving and expanding the community group
  • Is seeking funding for expenses that include general operating, stipends, capacity-building, program development, expert assistance, etc.
  • Has been active for more than one year
  • Submitted its last successful Grow application at least one year ago.

Get more information and apply for grants.