Our 2021 application period has now expired.
The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community based groups and environmental education organizations funding for local projects that benefit the environment. To be eligible for our grants, your organization must be either tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code OR a municipality (municipalities must submit to us a “government information letter” from the IRS - see details here). Applications can be mailed, faxed or emailed. Any application meeting the grant guidelines that is not successful in one cycle may reapply during any following cycle.
The EPOC Grant Committee will review each application. The applications will be judged against the environmental benefits of the project and compared to the other grant submittals. Environmental benefits can vary widely and successful applications may include projects within Connecticut that improve the environment, such as: property and watershed clean-ups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, monitoring environmental conditions of watersheds or ecosystems and hazardous waste collection efforts. Also, proposals that promote environmental education and development of youth for careers in the environmental field will be considered.
All applicants are expected to include specific measurable goals for projects in their proposals. Grant awards are subject to a Memorandum of Understanding between EPOC and the Grantee that documents the grant use, goals and conditions. At the conclusion of the grant project, the grantee must provide a written report on the project results/impacts. This report should be submitted no later than December 1st of the year in which the grant was awarded.