Green Grants

The green grant revolution is now in its prime and for individuals, businesses and organizations holding an ethical sense of social responsibility and justice, the time to act is now when considering green grants. Initially designed to provide funds for more affordable energy and housing, green grants have evolved over the last decade to include the fight against corporate irresponsibility, sustainable social justice values as well as renewable and affordable housing and alternative power resources. Green grants and now the easiest to win and the most abundant offered by all granting entities.

Fundamental change is no longer an option for the United States. Confronted with a squall of ecological, social and economic crises one upon the other that threaten the future of the nation, more and more individuals and corporate foundations are offering green grants. Green grants focus on sustainable, renewable and above all, cost effective solutions in the areas of energy, housing, transportation and food production.

A quick search of the federal government funding opportunity research and application site Grants.Gov turns up several pages of federally sponsored green grants. Offered by a number of federal entities such as the Department of Energy, the Energy Cluster Program and the Department of Agriculture to name a few, federal government green grants provide funds for everything from solar panels to new conservative landscaping. Searches at Grants.Gov using the keywords “green urban development”, “renewable energy”, “sustainable natural resources” and “Restoration Act funding” is a good place to start your hunt.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is an innovate family foundation dedicated to serving sustainable renewable commercial resources of those living inside desert communities. The Blank Family Foundation provides funding resources for those seeking green grants in examining innovative remedies for food desert neighborhoods, including mobile grocery stores, street food and corner stores. The Dyson Foundation has instituted two emergency grant programs that provide assistance to smaller nonprofit organizations that have incurred Hurricane Irene-related damages or losses not covered by insurance, as well as funding for nonprofits providing green grants to help rebuild sustainable renewable energy.

The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation offers green grants in the areas of the arts, education, health, human services, recreation, and other charitable causes. The Green Family Foundation sponsors green grants that enable communities and smaller organizations to build sustainable and renewable self-reliance.

A new concept sweeping through the United States is green recycling for charity. With the primary goal of keeping renewable physical items such as old ink cartridges, cell phones and laptops out of community trash collection points, they also offer smaller 501-C-3 charities a chance to hold local collection drives and earn green grant money for their trouble. Schools and nonprofits with supporting organizations in their communities report more than three times the cash earned than organizations not using this new resource.