Earth Day Action Grants

The 2016 application deadline has passed.

These small grants, awarded by St. Louis Earth Day, provide an opportunity for people, groups and non-profit organizations to “take action” on an environmental issues, or implement an Earth Day program or project throughout the year.

Applications should be relevant to at least one of the three principal goals of the Earth Day Action Grants:

  1. Provide an opportunity for people to “take action” on an environmental issue.
  2. Provide support for small groups and non-profit organizations seeking to implement an Earth Day program or project.
  3. Provide support for small groups and non-profit organizations that implement Earth Day-aligned programs, projects or services throughout the year.

Grant Awards

In its third year, our goal is to raise at least $10,000 to support the implementation of environmental stewardship projects within the St. Louis community through these grants. Grant requests for up to $2,000 will be considered; we anticipate the average grant award will be between $500 and $1,500. Partial project funding may be granted — indicate on the application whether partial funding would be accepted. Grants will be announced to the public at the St. Louis Earth Day Eve event (Saturday, April 23, 2016). We will request that a representative is present to receive recognition at the Earth Day Eve event. Funds will be distributed within one week of the Festival. If the project is Earth Day related and funds are available, grant funding may be awarded as early as April 1, 2016.

NOTE: The level of funding available for the Earth Day Action Grant program is based strictly on the amount raised through the St. Louis Earth Day Festival as well as our individual giving campaign. St. Louis Earth Day will only be able to award funding as generated through fundraising efforts and does not guarantee being able to distribute $10,000 if that amount is not raised.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include: schools, non-profit organizations, 501(c)3 corporations, small community groups, including community gardens. Grants may be awarded to small community groups without official 501(c)3 status, but will require a fiscal agent, reimbursement basis or similar arrangement. Only proposals that take place in the St. Louis region will be considered (St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Madison County, and St. Clair County). With the exception of schools, first preference will be given to organizations with an annual operating budget under $500,000. If you are uncertain about eligibility, please contact

Examples of Eligible Proposals

  • Supplies for a small group trash pick up
  • Computer to enable a non-profit environmental organization to carry out their mission
  • Seeds and trees for a community garden
  • Licensing fees to show an environmentally-themed documentary
  • Tools for a school garden or outdoor classroom
  • Supplies and instructor expenses for an environmentally-themed workshop or special course
  • Speaker fees for an environmentally-themed program
  • Rain barrel installation at a school or community center
  • Native plants for a bird sanctuary or butterfly garden
  • Materials for environmentally-themed teacher training
  • Implementing recycling & composting at an Earth Day event
  • Plants for an outdoor classroom
  • Tools for a bike repair workshop

Grantee Requirements

Grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement, submit a final report that includes both a financial and narrative summary, and comply with all terms of the agreement. Projects must be completed by March 1, 2017 and the final report is due within 4 weeks of project completion or equipment/supplies purchase. Final reports should include pictures and copies of publicity/news articles (if applicable).

Proposal Formats and Requirements

1. Send in one or two photographs or images that capture the project, plan or group involved in the proposal. (This will appear as part of a project profile on the St. Louis Earth Day website).

2. Complete the online application, which requires information in the following areas (please note character limitations on the form):

  • Project description: Give a detailed but concise description of project objectives, activities, and an associated timeline (grant funds will be distributed by May 1, 2016 and projects must be completed by March 1, 2017).
  • Measurable outcomes: Identify specific, measurable outcomes that can be used to track progress, such as the number of people participating in a trash pick up, the total number of volunteer hours worked, the pounds of trash picked up, and the size of the area cleaned up.
  • Project partners: List any partner organizations and describe the contribution (financial, in-kind or volunteers) of each partner to the project. Do not include paid contractors as partners unless the services are donated.
  • Project budget and grant request amount: Include an itemized budget that indicates the source and intended use of funds. Include values for matching funds and in-kind contributions.) Indicate whether partial funding would be accepted.
  • Project location: Give a description of the area that the project would take place.
  • Project participants: Give a description of the kinds of people who would participate in or benefit from the project and how many people will be involved or impacted.
  • Organization(s) and contact information: Identify project’s lead organization and partner organization. Include organization contacts (e.g., staff names, titles, addresses, phone number and email address). Schools should include a letter of support from the school principal and identify a staff member as the lead project contact.
  • Fiscal responsibility: Identify the grantee fiscal agent and signature authority for grant agreement, and list nine-digit Federal Tax ID Number. Provide contact information for the signature authority.
  • Letter of partner commitment, if applicable.

Proposal Ranking

A committee composed of St. Louis Earth Day staff, board members and community representatives will rank the proposals based on the following criteria (100 points possible):

  • Community engagement: 20 points
  • Connection to the outdoors: 20 points
  • Community/ecosystem impact: 20 points
  • Long-term sustainability: 10 points
  • Connection to Earth Day: 10 points
  • Enable/promote sustainable behaviors: 10 points
  • Budget is reasonable and cost effective; ability to leverage matching funds: 10 points

Important Dates

October 22:  Applications available at the St. Louis Earth Day website
January 15:  Applications for grant proposals close; all proposal materials are due
April 1:  Judges complete application reviews; all applicants will be notified about grant status
April 23:  Grant recipients are recognized at St. Louis Earth Day Eve.

Read about the 2015 Action Grant recipients.

Applications are now closed.
Look for next year’s grant application opening in October 2016!

Read about the winning grants here!

About St. Louis Earth Day

Review the above linked page to familiarize yourself with St. Louis Earth Day’s vision, mission and values.

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