The Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources seeks to fund projects and programs that strengthen “environmental education, pollution prevention and citizen monitoring” and foster collaboration among businesses, citizens, communities, local governments and state agencies.  The Foundation supports non-regulatory, voluntary efforts that address priorities outlined in the Foundation’s business plan such as River Basin Strategies, Outdoor Classrooms, Forestry and Agricultural education and programs of ‘statewide importance’.  Projects must employ best practices of environmental education, engage citizens and students in meaningful activities or help organizations achieve program sustainability.   Awards will be based on application review and fund availability.

Each year, the Foundation will seek out projects based on its goals and will carefully select projects based on technical and financial criteria.  Projects that meet the criteria for potential funding are listed in the annual “Projects Catalog.”  The Foundation will actively seek to find donors for all projects, but listing in its annual catalog does not guarantee funding.  

Click here to download the full funding criteria document in MS Word format (.doc)

Click here to download the grant application in MS Word format (.doc)

Click the “Continue Reading…” link below for application instructions.

  1. Download a read the Funding Criteria Document. If you are eligible to apply and feel your project fits within the criteria outlined, continue with the steps below.
  2. Download and fill out the Grant Application. Right-click on the link and select “Save Target As…” and browse to a folder on your computer where you want to save the application file. Open the document using Microsoft Word. The application will include detailed project plans, funding details, and a timeline.
  3. Email the application to FVNR. When you have completed the application, compose an email to Jay Gilliam and Brenda Taylor at the following email addresses with the application file attached:,
  4. Jay Gilliam or Brenda Taylor will reply to your email and update you with the application’s status.