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BECOME an Earth Saver in Six Simple Steps!

  1. You or someone else representing your local park or community site can sign up for an Earth Day Mini-Grant by using our online Application (fully explained below) by March 24th.
  2. Shortly after the 3/24 deadline, the Mini-Grant awardees will be announced.
  3. Once the Mini-Grant awardees have been announced, sign up to volunteer for a project through a forthcoming link on our website.
  4. Tell your friends! Get them to sign up to volunteer too! This is a team effort!
  5. Lace up your work boots, put on your gardening gloves, and show up on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22nd) so you can be an Earth Saver!
  6. Even if you don’t sign up ahead of time to volunteer or don’t see an official project in your neighborhood, contact us! There will be clean-ups and projects in every neighborhood throughout the city– Anyone who wants to be an Earth Saver will be welcome to join in!


5th Annual Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning – 2017 Mini-Grant and Event Application

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, The Providence Department of Parks & Recreation, and The Partnership for Providence Parks are once again pleased to offer a small grants program to provide funds to help with your event for Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2017 on April 22nd. Additionally, we will supply: posters, trash bags, lawn and leaf bags, mulch, gloves, and buttons. Also, per popular request, we will be providing hearty snacks and beverages for your volunteers in lieu of a party on that day. Please let us know quantities you will need for snacks, supplies and buttons (good for some freebies and great deals throughout the city!)

Click here to complete your application now.

Please complete the online application by March 24, 2017!

  • Groups may apply for awards up to $150. We will base our decision for award amounts on scope of project/events. Awardees will be notified on or before April 1, 2017.
  • All events will be listed on a map on Serve RI and will include a description of the event, location, contact information and numbers of volunteers needed.
  • We ask that you encourage volunteers to bring their own lawn tools. The DPW tool bank will also be available for a limited number of lawn tools. Tools are distributed on a first come first serve basis starting April 19th. Please use the attached request form and work directly with the DPW for tool loans.
  • We are asking all awardees to post pictures and a short summary of their Earth Day event on the Partnership for Providence Parks Facebook or email them to us that weekend. We will have a brief survey for you to fill out so we know how to do things even better next year.
  • The event is rain or shine. There will be no Rain Date. In the event of heavy and sustained rain, you may choose to reschedule your event for the next day or following weekend. If your event includes projects involving the Parks Department, please consult with Wendy Nilsson ( before making any decisions.
  • All supplies, food, beverages can be picked up at Recreation and Partnership Headquarters at 11 West Drive, Providence RI. You will be notified of dates and times when you can pick up your supplies when you are notified of the award.

What we will fund:

  • Clean-up supplies
  • Garden tools
  • Plants and Trees
  • Activities for children related to the environment
  • Education and Conservation Activities

What we won’t fund

  • Music and Entertainment
  • Food

Please ask if you are not sure

If you have any questions about the online registration, please contact Catarina Merolli at

By Mail: Partnership for Providence Parks, 11 West Drive, Providence, Rhode Island 02904

The 2016 Smaller Sights and Sounds seeks to engage the smaller or newer Park Friends Groups in transforming their neighborhood parks into community hubs for the arts, healthy living, and play. Additionally, families from across the city will be encouraged to sample a selection of activities at a different park each week.

Smaller Sights & Sounds Performance

2015 Smaller Sights & Sounds Performance at Peace & Plenty Park

This initiative will provide park groups and community partners with an opportunity to “test the waters”, without exceeding their group’s capacity.

All participants will receive technical assistance and support from the Partnership in areas of recruiting and managing volunteers, organizing and promoting events, and facilitating play.

To apply for a Smaller Sights and Sounds grant, please fill out this application and return it to Helene Miller at

Narragansett Bay Commission Earth Day Grants Available

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Narragansett Bay Commission Earth Day Grants Available

Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) just announced their Earth Day clean up grants.

EPA 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants

October 23rd, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Grants - (Comments Off on EPA 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is seeking applicants for a total of $1.5 million in environmental justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. EPA’s environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Grants are available for up to $30,000 each.
“Environmental justice grants support efforts to raise awareness about local health and environmental concerns,” said Lisa Garcia, EPA’s senior advisor to the administrator for environmental justice. “By supporting local projects in under-served communities, communities are able to develop plans website and partnerships that will continue to improve their local environment and better protect human health into the future.”
The 2013 grant solicitation is now open and will close on Jan. 7, 2013. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host four pre-application teleconference calls on Oct. 30, 2012; Nov. 14, 2012; Dec. 1, 2012; and Dec. 13, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements.
Previous grants have supported activities including projects to better protect children in the Boston-area from incidences of lead poisoning and asthma attacks, conduct research on air quality in a portside Philadelphia community and provide support to residents on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota to repair failing septic systems and identify water that is unsafe to drink.
The principles of environmental justice uphold the idea that all communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low income and indigenous communities – deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work. Since 1994, the environmental justice small grants program has provided funding in more than 1,300 communities, to community-based non-profit organizations and local governments working to address environmental justice issues. The grants represent EPA’s commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.
More information about the Environmental Justice Small Grants program:
Environment Justice Small Grants 2013 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application teleconference calls:

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

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Program:  Civil

Rights, Social Action, Advocacy, Community Improvement, Capacity Building, Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification, Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition

State: National

Maximum Grant:  $15,000

Deadline:  September 15, 2012

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The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots community organizing groups throughout the United States. They fund organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems through constituent-led organizing and activist strategies.
Their broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems.
The first step is to submit a letter of interest on-line. Letters of interest may be submitted between July 1st and September 15th. Based on the letter of interest, an organization may be approved to submit a full proposal.
They fund organizations with budgets under $500,000. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status, or who have a fiscal agent with this status are eligible to apply.


Patagonia Environmental Grants Program

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Grants - (Comments Off on Patagonia Environmental Grants Program)

Shannon Rowan, Patagonia, Inc., PO Box 150, Ventura CA, 93002
Contact: (917) 441-0011 for Columbus Avenue Store, or (212) 343-1776 for Wooster Street Store.
Deadline: April 30 and August 31
How much: $3,000 to $8,000
What: Patagonia provides funding for environmental work, with a preference for buy viagra online organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Supports work that is action-oriented; builds public involvement and support; is strategic; focuses on root causes; and accomplishes specific goals and objectives. The company supports small, grassroots activist organizations with direct-action agendas.

Roots Program for Community ActionContact

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Phone: (800) 846-TREE
Deadline: Varies
How much: Varies
What: Supports 501(c)(3) urban and community forestry, and conservation-related organizations working to improve the health of their urban and community cheap generic cialis forest by assisting groups as they implement projects.


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National Tree Trust

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Grants - (0 Comments)

1120 G Street, NW, Suite 770, Washington, DC 20005
Seeds Program for Organizational SupportContact: (800) 846-TREE
Deadline: Varies
How much: Varies
What: Helps to strengthen the capacity of 501(c)(3) urban and community forestry organizations by providing matching grants for day to day operations.

Community Training and Assistance Center/Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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30 Winter Street, Boston MA 02108
Contact: (617) 423-1444
Deadline: Call for information
How much: Up to $15,000
What: Supports low-income groups which identify and address problems in their own neighborhoods, rather than efforts carried out or led by others on their generic viagra cheap behalf. Groups must have a multi-issue focus on strengthening a specific low-income neighborhood, or neighborhoods in a specific area.


Youth Garden Grant

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Grants - (0 Comments)

Contact: (800) 538-7476
Deadline: November 1
How much: An award package which includes tools, seeds, garden products, and educational resources.
What: Will award gardening supplies to 500 schools and community organizations working with groups of children. Selection will be based on leadership, educational, social and/or environmental programming, innovation and sustainability, need, and community support.