Our Focus: Environmental Conservation (Awareness & Public Benefit)

Conservation issues in the Triangle vary in size and complexity, and land conservation itself is often misunderstood as “locking up land” instead of having public benefit for all Triangle residents.  Many of these issues, however, can be successfully addressed through local, collaborative, and small-scale approaches.

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

  • Awareness grants will assist organizations in expanding conservation awareness and support 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 such as recreation, community gardens, local agriculture, and community conservation education that are consistent with land conservation and sustainable use.  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 target low-income neighborhoods or communities of color.


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.
  • Organizations must have been incorporated at least three years prior to the application deadline.
  • 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:

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15th at 11:59pm

Site Visits: May 6th – 24th

Grantees Announced: June 14th

Grant Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

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Jessica Aylor

Vice President of Community Engagement
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4022
Email jessica@trianglecf.org