The Environmental Fund

This grantmaking program is currently closed, but we encourage you to revisit this page often to learn about new grant cycles.


The purpose of the fund is to inspire ecological, economic, and cultural vitality, resilience, and sustainability through environmentally focused policies, programs, and projects.

The Foundation’s Environmental Fund invests in four key initiatives intended to help Louisiana’s most vulnerable communities respond, redress, and even reinvent themselves in the face of environmental threats.

  1. Help local environmental organizations diversify their base and collaborate with other organizations to increase their effectiveness.
  2. Help low-income communities of color learn about and abate the high levels of lead in their homes, soil, and neighborhoods.
  3. Sponsor research and convene appropriate NGOs and government entities for collaborations that are relevant to the Foundation’s environmental areas of interest, including its coastal work.
  4. Bring together appropriate nonprofits to create a complementary group of pilot projects that will provide models for other coastal parishes to use as they adapt to the realities of wetland loss and limited funding for additional structural protections such as levees.

Previous Grantees

Year Grantee Purpose Amount
2014Idea VillageTo support the Water Challenge$170,360
2014New Orleans Chamber of Commerce FoundationTo support Life City in the development of a Pilot fourth sector economic development initiative.$5,000
2013Global GreenTo support civic engagement activities related to stormwater management issues.$25,000.00
2013Gulf Restoration NetworkTo support the integration of flood protection measures into community development projects.$25,000.00
2013Committee For A Better New OrleansTo support the integration of flood protection measures into community development projects.$15,000
2013Urban InstituteTo expose city leaders and interested members of the general public to innovative integrated water management approaches to flood management and financing models being used in other American cities - Urban Water Series: Strategies That Work.$158,733
2012UNO Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and TechnologyTo provide funding to create an online tool for coastal restoration projects.$25,000
2009United Houma NationTo support research and education on environmental challenges facing UHN.$50,000
2009Tulane Environmental Law ClinicTo support the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic's Citizen Enforcement and Environmental Decision-Making Process.$50,000
2009The Urban ConservancyTo support the New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation.$46,252
2009The Urban ConservancyTo implement continuity planning for New Orleans' local businesses.$20,000
2009New Orleans Food and Farm NetworkTo provide community outreach and capacity building through training and technical assistance.$25,000
2010The Idea VillageTo support entrepreneurs working in water management - Water Challenge.$35,000
2011The Idea Village2011 Water Challenge$125,000
2009Teaching Responsible Earth EducationTo support an environmental science program.$24,727
2009Pontilly Association and Disaster CollaborativeTo design a landscape project for the Dwyer Canal.$40,000
2009Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and DevelopmentTo support the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development.$50,000
2009Longue Vue House and GardenTo develop a program that educates the community about native plant resiliency. $13,750
2009Lead Lab, Inc.To create lead safe exterior environments for children at 10 childcare centers in New Orleans.$50,000
2009Lake Pontchartrain Basin FoundationTo install 4 water level and salinity monitoring stations in Bayou St. John.$48,261
2009Inter-Religious Foundation for Community OrganizationTo expand the capacity of the School at Blair Grocery Urban Micro-Farm.$25,000
2009Friends of Lafitte CorridorTo support the design and implementation of a sustainable water design program for the Lafitte Corridor.$50,000
2009Charitable Film NetworkTo support the Charitable Film Network's environmental justice video competition among at-risk youth. $7,000
2012Nature Conservancy of LouisianaTo bring disparate interest groups to develop and promote a collective vision for the lower Mississippi River.$118,250
2013America’s Wetlands FoundationTo support Big River Works.$15,000