Our Focus: Environmental Conservation (Awareness & Public Benefit)

Conservation issues in the Triangle vary in size and complexity. Land conservation is an important strategy for protecting our natural places and resources, but it is often misunderstood as “locking up land”. In reality, conservation can provide public benefit to all Triangle residents. And many environmental issues facing the Triangle can be successfully addressed through local, collaborative, and small-scale approaches.

Triangle Community Foundation will strategically invest in increasing local conservation awareness and in implementing innovative, sustainable land uses through the following grant programs:

  • Awareness grants will assist organizations in expanding public knowledge of and support for conservation through community organizing, education, and advocacy. Local forums, community programs and classes, and issue-specific organizing are examples of projects the Foundation will consider.
  • Public Benefit grants will target projects that prioritize public use of land for activities such as recreation, community gardens, local agriculture, and community conservation education that are consistent with land conservation and sustainability goals. The Foundation will consider new program funding and capital projects such as trail construction, creation of garden beds, etc., as well as one-time matching funds for projects that produce additional benefits from existing conservation properties, including habitat restoration, access, and infrastructure improvements.

Priority will be given to collaborative proposals and projects that aim to conserve natural resources in economically and/or socially distressed communities in the Triangle.


Organizations may apply at either the $10,000 or $25,000 funding level and must demonstrate diverse committed funding for requested projects.  The Foundation strongly encourages organizations to show matching funds with a minimum ratio of 1:1.

Past grantees may re-apply for continued support of a previously funded project, however a plan for sustaining the project beyond the Foundation’s support should be created.  No more than three years of support will be provided per project.

Grants may be used to fund personnel, professional services, advertising/printing, equipment, supplies and postage, travel, and other expenses related to the project/program.

The Foundation will not consider funding for deficit or debt financing, grants solely for the purpose of re-granting, grants to individuals, or general operating and administrative costs not related to the project.


  • The Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties to apply. Religious congregations, governmental agencies, and organizations operating under fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit are eligible to apply when collaborating with a 501(c)(3) that meets all other criteria.
  • Organizations must meet the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Only one application per organization, per grant program, will be considered.

Application Procedure

Proposals must be submitted using the Foundation’s online grants management system.

Frequently asked questions can be accessed here. A glossary of terms related to the grant program can be downloaded here.

Important Dates

This is a timeline of the 2019 application process.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm
Site Visits: April 29 – May 22, 2019
Grantees Announced: June 14, 2019
Grant Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Info session webinar: View recording here and download slides here.

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Sarah Guidi

Program Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4014
Email [email protected]