The Community Engagement Mini Grant Program is designed to engage a diverse array of organizations in activities that both benefit your communities and raise public awareness of and engagement in natural resources issues.

Funding: Requests up to $5,000

Deadline: The program is currently open! Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until funds for this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) are exhausted.

Project examples (include but are not limited too): Community clean-ups, tree plantings, installation of pollinator habitat/native gardens/community gardens, and educational workshops.

Our goals are:

  1. To provide funding to groups that have traditionally been under-engaged with environmental issues, but who have a project idea that benefits both their communities and natural resources (such as local parks, rural or urban forests, streams, rivers, and other natural spaces)
  2. To engage residents in small-scale community-based restoration and protection projects
  3. To provide applicants who may not be experienced in applying for grants an introduction to the grant life cycle

Application process: Review the Request for Proposals, then start an application at

Need a mentor for this application? The Trust offers a mentorship opportunity to new applicants. View a list of willing mentors, a description of how the mentor can help you with this application, and a description of the mentorship opportunity at