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Funding Opportunities for Citizen Science Projects

Federal Grants

  • EPA Grants: Get an overview of grants available at EPA
  • EPA Research Grants: Explore research funding opportunities at EPA
  • USDA, US Forest Service: Supports projects focusing on management of the nation’s water resources; engaging youth in conservation stewardship; promoting healthy, active lifestyles; and serving communities
  • Grants.gov: The hub for information on available grants throughout the federal government
  • National Science Foundation: Provides funding in many areas, including environmental research and education

Examples of Foundations that May Offer Grants

  • Knight Foundation: Funds projects that foster innovation, communities and the arts to create informed and engaged communities
  • Toyota: Supports international, national and local programs focusing in environment, education and safety
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Funds projects that sustain, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats
  • The Conservation Fund: Supports projects that enhance rural communities
  • Earthwatch Institute: Provides citizen scientists and financial support to research projects addressing urgent global needs all over the world
  • The Bush Foundation: Community Innovation Grants support communities that use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Funds projects that results in a strong benefit to society where funding from the private sector, government, or other foundations is not widely available

Other Types of Entities that May Offer Grants

  • Local organizations
  • State agencies
  • Private foundations
  • Corporate programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Academic incentive programs