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Grant & Award Opportunities

Tennessee River Basin Network: Shade your Stream Grant Program

Shade Your Stream is a riparian education model that uses an extremely cost-effective method to restore riparian buffers through light-touch restoration techniques, also known as live staking. More information about Shade Your Stream and how it has been implemented in North Carolina and Georgia can be found at It is highly advised to visit the Shade Your Stream website before drafting a proposal.

Total Funding: * $26,000 | Awards between $5,000 - $10,000 (higher amounts may be considered with justification).

* No more than 20% of project budget should be allocated for outreach/educational components.

Release of Request for Proposals: February 22, 2023 Proposal submission deadline: 11:59pm EST April 11, 2023 Awardees announced: May 15, 2023

Final Reports due: One year from project start date

Click here for additional information and to apply

2023 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award Nominations Open

Any individual, business, organization, educational institution, or agency is eligible, provided it is in Tennessee and the project was fully implemented and/or finalized in the two years prior to December 31, 2022, or for long-term projects finalized by the year prior to the nomination deadline. All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive years of overall environmental compliance with TDEC. Self-nominations are encouraged.

A panel of judges representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmental, and academic professionals will select award recipients based on criteria including level of project or program completion, innovation, and public education. The deadline for nominations is March 17, 2023. Award recipients will be announced in the summer of 2023.

Click here for additional information and to nominate.

Green Infrastructure Funding Microsite

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) launched a new funding microsite for communities interested in pursuing federal funding and/or technical assistance for nature-based solutions and green infrastructure projects. The interactive database allows users to search and sort the more than 70 types of federal grants that fund nature-based solutions based on factors such as eligible recipients, project purpose, and the match required. It also provides information about the typical application cycles, and contact information for each program.

Access the database here:

Organizations and Businesses that provide environmental grants

Clif Bar Family Foundation

  • Awarded three times per year, entry deadline Feb 1, June 1 & Oct 1.

Wells Fargo

  • Awarded annually, grant opens January 10

EPA Grants


  • Corporate Grants Program

  • Media Grants Program


Harley Davidson

International Paper

  • Shelby County, TN only

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

East Tennessee Foundation

Frist Foundation

  • Nashville Area Only, not sure about environmental grants

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