Grants & Corporate Fundraising

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Grants & Corporate Fundraising

Increasingly, chapters and councils have found that local foundations and corporations interested in environmental causes can be a powerful avenue for raising funds. In many of these cases, these funders already have stated programs and efforts to support local water quality or habitat programs and the projects offered by TU fit their funding interests.

Tapping into these funds can be quite simple, and open new doors to larger projects and activities. But, funding from foundations and corporations requires a much more focused approach and a much more intensive level of follow-up and adherence to reporting back measurable activities and outcomes in order to satisfy the promises made to these funders.

As in all matters, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Volunteer Operations Staff to discuss potential grant funding or corporate partnerships and funding before diving in locally.

Applying for Grant Funding

From where to start in your search for foundations offering grants, to navigating the grant-writing process and reporting requirements, these resources will help you make the decision if your chapter or council is ready to begin applying for grants and what activities are most likely to get funded.

Finding Corporate Funding

Key to tapping into corporate funding – or entering into corporate partnerships – is understanding what the companies you hope to connect with are looking for in terms of publicity, impact and opportunity. Not all corporations offer funding, and not all corporate funding is appropriate for TU to apply for, but these resources will help you get started.


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following events:

In-Person Trainings:

2021 Annual Meeting
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Annual Meeting is cancelled.

2021 Regional Rendezvous
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Regional Rendezvous are postponed.

Online Trainings:

View past training recordings or join an upcoming live, online webinar, held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

February 23 — Virtual Advocacy: Using Online Petitions to Grow Impact (8PM)

March 4 — Filing the NEW Annual Activity Report & IRS Reporting Requirements (8PM)

March 15 — Embrace A Stream Grant Training (8PM)

March 29 — Effective Digital Communications During COVID (8PM)

April 8 — TU Event Registration Tools to Better Manage and Promote Your Activities (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning