Types of Grants

Project Grants

We fund projects that are most likely to protect and preserve the greatest concentrations of ecologically valuable resources, and that produce clear, concrete results.  We typically make grants for projects that have local, statewide or regional significance, though in limited cases that affect our region, we will make grants that address federal policies.  We also provide a limited number of grants each year to current grantees for institutional and administrative capacity building that are aimed at improving organizational effectiveness.

General Support Grants

Grants are made to support general operating expenses for prior grantees that have a proven track record working on issues that are consistent with the Foundation’s priorities.  In rare circumstances, we provide general support to new organizations that have been formed to resolve an especially urgent environmental problem.

Emergency/Opportunity Grants

In special cases, the Foundation makes grants to recent grantees or known organizations in response to an emergency or unexpected opportunity.  Priority will be given to proposals that fit within our current program areas.  These grants are limited to $10,000 or less, and can be made at any time between March 15 and December 31.  For information on emergency or opportunity grants, contact Kay Treakle, kay@theharderfoundation.org.