RFP process is open for the 2014 Environmental Solutions for Community Grants program

By Krista Van Tassel
September 10th, 2013

We’re excited to announce that the RFP process is now open for submission for the 2014 Environmental Solutions for Community Grants program. Nonprofits can send us proposals to fund their work for 2014.

The mission of our Environmental Solutions for Communities program is to help communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship.

How the RFP process works

To be considered for funding, submit your proposal  to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Grant awards will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000, with an average grant amount of $40,000.

The submission period lasts from September 10 to December 16.

Scroll down the page to view a list of eligible markets/geographic locations.

The Wells Fargo/NFWF collaboration

Environmental Solutions for Communities program is a 5-year, $15 million collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), a leading conservation organization that helps us allocate resources to selected local environmental projects across our communities. NFWF also helps us track the outcomes of our investments.

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Collectively, investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by:

  • Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and land stewardship;
  • Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality;
  • Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods;
  • Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
  • Encouraging broad-based citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation.

Areas of focus for grants include:

  • Energy efficiency: These grants focus on education and awareness for energy conservation
  • Environmental education: These grants engage the public and communities about the health of their environment.
  • Forestry: These grants support parks and forests in order to build out new green space as well as protect current landscapes in urban and rural areas.
  • Land conservation: These grants focus on the protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife and of natural resources such as forests, soil, and water.
  • Sustainable agriculture: These grants support efforts to make farming more sustainable and connect communities to their food sources
  • Urban infrastructure: These grants support environmental improvements taking place in urban areas such as waterway restoration, storm water management, urban tree planting and green city planning
  • Water quality and resources: These grants support efforts to clean up waterways and beach fronts and provide educational programs around water conservation.

Geographic priorities

The markets below are eligible for the 2014 Environmental Solutions for Community Grants program:

Alaska: Anchorage/Fairbanks/Juneau
: Phoenix
California: San Francisco/Greater Bay, Fresno/Central Valley, Inland Empire
Delaware:  Statewide
Florida: Brevard, Citrus, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sumter Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach
Georgia: Augusta, Savannah, Athens, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Rome, Dalton
Idaho: Boise/Rural
Illinois: Chicago
Indiana Indianapolis
Iowa: Des Moines
Maryland: Frederick
Minnesota:  Minneapolis/St. Paul/Mankato/Rochester
Missouri: St. Louis
New Mexico: Albuquerque/Santa Fe
New York: New York City
North Carolina: Charlotte/Raleigh/Winston-Salem
Oregon:  Portland/Coastal Oregon
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio
Utah: Salt Lake City
Virginia: Roanoke
Washington: Seattle
Wisconsin: Milwaukee/Great Lakes


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Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Mike Waltonon October 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm:

I am with Creative Energies, a solar contractor with offices in Salt Lake City, UT, Driggs ID and Lander WY.
I found your blog (which is filled with interesting resources) and want to learn more about the 2014 Environmental Solutions grant, specifically in Salt Lake City UT.
Are photovoltaic solar systems eligible to submit?
In what capacity is the grant to be used? Can it be directed at one solar project on a non-profit or for-profit facility? Or is the grant to be dispersed to a group within a community such as homeowners?

Thank you.

Krista Van Tasselon October 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm:

Hi Mike – Thank you for your interest in our grant program and participation on our blog. Our Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program is only available to nonprofits with 501c status in our selected markets. We do not provide funding to individual homeowners or for-profit organizations. The grants can support renewable energy work in a particular community, but any renewable energy project would need to be part of a larger program or request administered by a local nonprofit. I hope this helps!

Tamaraon October 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm:


Do you all fund projects for Brownfield revitilazation and /or land revitalization?

Krista Van Tasselon October 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm:

Hi Tamara – Thank you for your question. Our grants help fund a variety of nonprofit work around land conservation and creating more sustainable communities through land revitalization. Please visit our envrionmental grant website at https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr/ea/environmental-giving (reports tab) to see some examples of projects we’ve funded in the past.

Jessicaon October 16, 2013 at 12:03 am:

I notice that Michigan is not included on your list of
markets that are eligible for the 2014 Environmental Solutions for Community Grants program. If I have a project taking place in Michigan am ineligible to apply?

Krista Van Tasselon October 16, 2013 at 3:54 am:

Hi Jessica – We are only accepting applications for projects in our 2014 eligible markets. Michigan is not an eligible market for 2014, so we would not be accepting proposals from Michigan.

Matton October 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm:

Hi Krista,
St. Louis is selected for Missouri, does that mean grant proposals can only be for the greater St. Louis area or can grant proposals be for other area’s in Missouri? Thanks!

Krista Van Tasselon October 18, 2013 at 1:38 am:

Hi Matt – We are only accepting proposals from the states and locations noted on the blog post and in our RFP. So for Missouri, we are looking to fund projects in greater St. Louis.

mikeon October 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm:

Hi Krista,

We are in the process of looking at funding a city wide storm water basin engineer assessment. The estimated cost is $350,000. Would we be eligible for the grant to fund a portion of this.


Krista Van Tasselon October 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm:

Hi Mike – It is hard to say without knowing more about your organization or the grant. Please read through the RFP details, which are listed here:

We can only accept proposals from eligible nonprofit organizations in the markets listed above. We will only review proposals submitted through our RFP site. Thank you.

Gloriaon October 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm:

Hi Krista,

The Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission is an agency of Columbus Consolidated Government. Our mission is to engage and educate individual to; protect the environment, enhance beautification and eliminate litter and blight. We are not a 501c (3) organization; however we are affiliates of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. We plan and implement the largest cleanup and water awareness project in the state, “Help-the-Hooch”. Will the grant support Government Agencies?

Krista Van Tasselon October 29, 2013 at 2:42 am:

Hi Gloria – If you are working with a 501c3 for your project, such as Keep America Beautiful or Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, then your project may be eligible for funding. I would recommend reviewing the application with your nonprofit partner to determine if you should apply. The application is available at http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/home.aspx

Scott Tedfordon November 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm:

When attempting to view your indirect cost policy, the site said “page not found”. Does this grant cover indirect costs charged by a university?

Krista Van Tasselon November 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm:

Hi Scott – I am not sure exactly what you are referring to in terms of the link, etc. But the grant process and all information on budgets is included in the RFP link at http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/2014rfp.aspx

Anonymouson November 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm:

Thank you Krista,

I was referring to the FAQ section:
“19. What is NFWF’s policy on charging indirect costs to grants?
a. NFWF’s indirect policy is located in detail here: http://www.nfwf.org/indirect“. I just want to make sure I am aware of any limits on indirect costs which I would ask the grant to pay for.

Thanks for your help:)

Krista Van Tasselon November 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm:

Thank you for this background. Please reach out to NFWF with this question. Thank you.

Wade Pattersonon November 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm:

Hi Krista,

We are looking to apply for this grant for a particular project, but another non-profit we partner with is interested in a different project that takes place on land we own. Do you perceive there being any restrictions on such an arrangement? Is that allowable? Our name would come up in both (one as the actual applicant and manager of project #1 and the other as land owner and long term steward for project #2)? I realize we would be competing against ourselves in a sense, but both are worthy projects and I am inclined to have us both apply and let the chips fall where they may.

Thanks for any guidance you can provide,

Wade Patterson

Krista Van Tasselon November 13, 2013 at 12:06 am:

Hi Wade – Thank you for your question. I think applying for both projects should be fine, especially since you know that they are both supporting your work. We often see multiple applications from nonprofits in different regions or for different projects. It is a very competitive grant, so I wish you luck on both applications! Thank you.

Caitlin Cornwallon November 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm:

Hi, does San Francisco/Greater Bay include Sonoma County? We’d love to apply. Thanks, Sonoma Ecology Center

Krista Van Tasselon November 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm:

Hi Caitlin – Yes, Sonoma County would be included in our SF Bay Area work. We look forward to reviewing your application.

DeAnnon November 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm:

What a great program! We have an incredible STEM Education Program that is ready for expansion, but we are located in metro-Atlanta! Any chance of being included?

Krista Van Tasselon November 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm:

Thanks, DeAnn – We appreciate your interest in our grant program. We rotate our eligible markets each year. So while Atlanta is not on the list of eligible markets for 2014, it is likely to return to our list in the coming years. Please check back next year to see if Atlanta is on the list. I would encourage you to apply when your market is on the list as we do not consider applications outside of our eligible markets.

Lauraon December 17, 2013 at 2:52 am:

Hi, I work for a for-profit that delivers school assemblies about sustainability, food, climate change and conservation in over 10 of the locations this grant supports. We would like to offer our assemblies for free to schools, through a grant program like this. As a for-profit, would we be eligible to apply if the funding could go through the schools we work with? Thanks!

Krista Van Tasselon December 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm:

Hi Laura – Thank you for your question and interest in our grant program. Unfortunately, our RFP is now closed for 2014. We also limit our grants to nonprofit organizations. You may want to check on our grant guidelines for 2015 next year. We will post the RFP in the fall and again on this blog.

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