Thank you for your interest in the Carolyn Foundation. Environmental grant making has been a key priority of the Carolyn Foundation for the past 30 years. Over that time we have funded a wide range of programs in many different communities. Our current priority is to support groups working in the Upper Midwest five state area (ND, SD, MN, WI, IA) to mitigate climate change. We are not accepting other types of proposals at this time.

To understand our priorities and processes, please carefully read all of the pages in this section of our website: priorities, evaluation criteria and  frequently asked questions. Please note our past environmental grants in our Grant Search section do not necessarily reflect our current priorities. Before submitting a request please read all of the information in this section including FAQs for important information regarding submitting your application.

Application Deadlines:

February 1 – This is our deadline for grants paid in June.

August 1 – This is our deadline for grants paid in January.

Deadlines are at midnight online submission dates. We do not accept paper or emailed applications. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday applications are due the next business day.


Becky Erdahl, Executive Director