The Community Engagement and Restoration 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, 2021 – June 30, 2022) 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, trails, 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. See 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