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Grants and Funding: Park Foundation Environment Program Drinking Water and Energy Grants

July 12, 2018

Environment Program Guidelines

The Foundation’s Environment Program has two major interests:

  • to ensure drinking water is clean, affordable, and accessible, protected and managed as a public necessity; and
  • to challenge continued shale gas extraction and infrastructure expansion.

Drinking WaterThe Foundation supports efforts on a national scale or in New York State that promote: strong and enforced water policies; increased investment in publicly owned and operated water infrastructure; empowerment of communities and individuals to exercise their rights to protect drinking water resources; and reduced consumption of bottled water.

On a limited basis, the Foundation is exploring opportunities to support organizing and advocacy at the national scale to address lead in drinking water.

Energy: The Foundation supports statewide efforts in New York that decrease reliance on fossil fuels, particularly natural gas, by challenging the expansion of its infrastructure, including pipelines, compressor stations and new natural gas power plants. The Foundation will also consider requests that will help shift the state’s energy needs away from conventional fossil fuel sources and toward a clean energy system that is accessible, affordable and protective of citizens’ health.

Types of Activities Funded

The Foundation is interested in catalyzing action and is willing to consider diverse approaches that raise awareness and offer solutions to drinking water and energy concerns, including, but not limited to, policy development, advocacy, organizing, and corporate responsibility.

Additionally, the Foundation will consider support for investigative reporting outlets that raise awareness and provide new information on drinking water and shale gas energy issues. Stories may be national in scope, but funding is generally targeted to coverage of issues that are relevant to New York State.


Other environmental grants that cover additional geographic and issue areas are made at the Foundation’s initiative and the scope of these interests is separate from these guidelines. Please contact the Foundation for more information.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder’s website.

See also the Park Foundation’s funding opportunities in a wide range of areas including animal welfare and wildlife, media, education, and school food and nutrition.


  • Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


  • Requests for funding for documentary projects related to civil society and democracy, environment and animal welfare greatly exceed available resources and preference is given to projects with wide distribution and community engagement.


  • The Foundation will not provide funding that would make it the sole or primary funder to an organization and will not replace governmental support.
  •  The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction.
  • The Environment Program does not directly support single river or watershed programs.

2018 Proposal Submission Deadlines

  • July 12
  • September 21

Proposals must arrive at the Foundation’s office by the dates listed to be considered for a grant at the next quarterly Board meeting. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email, usually within a week of receipt. While the Foundation does not guarantee it, most decisions on full proposals are made within the quarter. Occasionally, proposals are deferred to a subsequent quarter for reasons of volume, need for additional review, or other circumstances. Applicants will be notified if a deferral occurs.

Apply by mail or submit an electronic application.


July 12, 2018