Dear Environmental Grant Seeker,

Thank you for your interest in the Carolyn Foundation.

This section of our website provides information you need to assess your potential fit with Carolyn Foundation and how to apply for a grant – please ready it carefully.

Environmental grantmaking 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 proposal, please read all of the tabs in this section, including the FAQs, for important information you will need during the application process.

Application Deadlines:

February 1 – for grants paid in June

August 1 – for grants paid in January

Applications are due by midnight of the due date. We do not accept paper or emailed applications. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the applications are due by midnight the next business day.


Becky Erdahl, Executive Director