External Grant Landscape Architecture

Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

Deadline: July 14, 2021 3:00 pm

Source: State of California; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Description: Program furthers the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and provides environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies. Benefits of the projects include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased water supply, clean air and water, reduced energy use, flood and storm water management, recreation, urban revitalization, improved public health, and producing useful products such as biofuel, clean energy, and job creation. These grants are designed to assist communities to create or implement multi-benefit projects with a focus on environmental, economic and social benefits to urban communities with an emphasis on disadvantaged and low-income communities. Project types include Urban Forest Expansion and Improvement; Urban Forest Management Activities; and Urban Forestry Education and Workforce Development. See grant guidelines for full details. Informational webinars will be held June 15 & 16, 2021. Register here.  

Award: $150,000 – $1,500,000

Eligibility: Applying organization must be one of the following: a city, a county, a qualifying district or a non-profit organization as classified under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All projects shall be designed to further the goals of the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978. Project area must be in an urban area or immediately adjacent to an urban area. Projects must show that they have authentically engaged the local community to develop the project. All grant types require a cost share rate of 75/25. See grant guidelines for full eligibility requirements.

Deadline: Concept proposals due by 3 pm PDT, July 14, 2021

External Grant Heritage Conservation

Community-Based Archive Grants

Deadline: June 25, 2021 6:00 am

Source: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Description: Program provides direct support to community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability. For the purposes of this call, community-based archives are defined as collections of materials gathered, collected, and shared primarily by members of a marginalized community to document their collective histories. This year, the Foundation plans to prioritize those applications that are based in community advocacy and archive activation efforts.

Award: $50,000-100,000 grant 

Eligibility: Open to U.S.-based organizations with tax-exempt status as a 501(c) (3) public charity and an established and actively collecting archive (in operation for two or more years) with an annual operating budget between $50,000 and $750,000. Universities and historical societies ineligible.  See website for full eligibility details.

Deadline(s): Registration request due by 9 am ET, June 25, 2021; full application due by 9 am ET, July 2, 2021.

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New Earth Foundation Grant

Deadline: July 1, 2021 12:00 am

Source: New Earth Foundation (NEF)

Description: New Earth Foundation seeks to fund innovative projects that enhance life on our planet and brighten the future, furthering peace. Smaller, newer 501(c)(3) organizations are the focus of grants given, so that the foundation’s gift can make a more significant contribution to the work of the recipient organization. NEF grants support a wide variety of projects in many fields of endeavor, including but not limited to environmental initiatives that are working to help eliminate pollution and to save the planet’s ecosystems, community efforts that create models of social sustainability, educational innovations that prepare youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future, and strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities. NEF particularly appreciates projects that are replicable so that excellent ideas and work can multiply and benefit many.

Award: Unspecified

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status 

Deadline: LOI due July 1

All Disciplines External Grant

AWS Imagine Grant Program

Deadline: June 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Description: Program goal is to empower nonprofit organizations to prioritize technology as a mission-critical component of their projects and provide support for organizations pursuing technology driven goals. They are seeking proposals for pilot projects, proofs of concept, or existing programs that utilize technology in a new or expanded way. There are two award categories: The Go Further, Faster Award will provide support for highly innovative projects that leverage the cloud. These projects will have the potential to produce scaled, repeatable solutions and may impact an entire industry or field. They will be force multipliers for organizations and will include the application of and/or seek integrations with advanced cloud services, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), high performance computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and more. The Momentum to Modernize Award provides support to nonprofit organizations seeking to transform and enhance their core mission operations with technology, many organizations need funding for foundational technology projects, such as migrating servers to the cloud and modernizing new and existing applications. 

Award: Awardees receive a package including financial support, AWS promotional credit, and project kickoff workshop and implementation support. See website for details.

Eligibility: Open to registered 501(c nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

Deadline: June 30, 2021; please note that this is a limited submission opportunity. USC faculty should submit an application first through the USC Office of Research by 12 pm PT, June 4, 2021.

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RJE Sprout Fund

Source: Russell J. Efros Foundation

Description: The RJE Sprout Fund was established in 2021 to support artists across the nation with direct funds in order to provide financial means to projects that will be completed within the next 12 months. All artists are encouraged to apply – formally trained, self-taught, and those whose creative work falls outside of traditional forms of art. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities such as art classes, therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects.

Award: unspecified

Eligibility: Open to all artists. 

Deadline: Rolling. Note: An initial total of $50,000 will be awarded in June 2021. Awards will continue to be administered throughout the calendar year on an ongoing basis.

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The Hopper Prize

Source: The Hopper Prize

Description The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis. The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work.

Award: Twelve artists receive funding annually (six in spring, six in fall). Four artists receive $3500 (two in spring, two in fall); and eight artists receive $1,000 (four in spring, four in fall).

Eligibility: Open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. 

Deadline: unspecified

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Energize the Environment Grant Program

Deadline: June 30, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: Quadratec

Description: Program offers two grants per year (one in fall, one in spring) to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment in their community. Examples include park beautification events, sustainable land management activities, community environmental education projects, and youth educational engagement events.

Award: $3,500

Eligibility: Any individual, group, or organization in the United States who has a love for all things environmental, and has an idea or event designed to help improve our environment, is eligible. Any questions or clarification on what constitutes eligibility can be emailed to

Deadline(s): 11:59 pm EST, June 30; 11:59 pm EST, Oct. 30

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Community-Focused Economic Mobility Grants

Deadline: June 25, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Description: The Bank of American Charitable Foundation works to develop strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations working to address issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities. The foundation welcomes proposals that address economic mobility in a community context, with a focus on affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization. Examples include housing development for vulnerable population through the construction or preservation of affordable single, multi-family, transitional, and supportive housing; sustainable development efforts creating healthy living environments through energy efficiency upgrades, retrofits, solar and other green building efforts; transit-oriented development efforts; community arts and cultural institutions that provide economic opportunity and contribute to the vitality and livability of communities; and environmental efforts through the preservation, creation or restoration of open space, parks, and community gardens. See website for more info.

Award: $5,000-50,000 in larger markets; $2,500-25,000 in smaller markets.

Eligibility: Open to organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and note classified as a private foundation. See website for full eligibility. details.

Deadline: Applications accepted May 31-June 25, 2021

External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory Landscape Architecture Residency

Oak Spring Garden Interdisciplinary Residencies

Deadline: July 15, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Description: In 2022, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation will host five-week and two-week interdisciplinary residencies in support of artists, conservationist practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens, and landscapes. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the time and space to pursue their creative projects alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives.

Award: Five-week residency & $2,000 grant; or two-week residency & $800 grant

Eligibility: Residents will be exceptional practitioners who desire time and space to work on their creative projects. Awards will be granted based on excellence and merit, the applicant’s interest in joining an interdisciplinary cohort of artists-practitioners-researchers-scientists, and their work’s relationship to OSGF’s mission. Awardees cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and must reside on-site for the entire duration of the program. 

Deadline: 11:59 pm EST, July 15, 2021

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CTBUH International Research Seed Funding

Deadline: June 22, 2021 10:00 am

Source: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Description: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is accepting proposals for its 2021 International Research Seed Funding. The goal of the seed funding is to assist talented researchers in developing projects/ideas to a level that would secure additional, more significant, funding—in conjunction with the CTBUH. Research proposals should relate to the tall building typology/urban habitat, but are open to any topic/discipline, including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, energy harvesting, environmental engineering, façades, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, geotechnics, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy making, resource management, seismic design, social aspects, structural engineering, systems development, urban planning, vertical transportation, wind engineering, etc. The proposals should have the potential to improve tall buildings and cities from a wide perspective. See website for more info.

Award: $15,000 

Eligibility: Open to research professionals. See website for full submission & eligibility requirements.

Deadline: 12 pm CST, June 22, 2021