WHAT NEF SEEKS TO FUND

New Earth Foundation seeks to fund innovative projects that enhance life on our planet and brighten the future. Smaller, newer 501(c)(3) organizations are the focus of grants given, so that the foundation’s gift can make a more significant contribution to the work of the recipient organization.

The grants given by NEF support a wide variety of projects in many fields of endeavor, including but not limited to environmental initiatives that are working to help eliminate pollution and to save the planet’s ecosystems, community efforts that create models of social sustainability, educational innovations that prepare youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future, and strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities.

NEF particularly appreciates projects that are replicable so that excellent ideas and work can multiply and benefit many.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • GRANT SEEKERS If you have a project in line with NEF’s vision and mission, the initial step is to send a Letter of Inquiry for your project, after reading the requirements below and fulfilling them.

  • INQUIRERS Once you sent a Letter of Inquiry, the NEF Board of Directors will determine if your organization will be asked to submit a Grant Application.


WHAT NEF DOES NOT FUND

Although groups with their specific types of projects listed below do valuable and important work, NEF does not fund organizations that

  • are likely candidates for governmental funding
  • offer mainstream social services or are local organizations that are affiliated with a national organization such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, the Cancer Society and other such organizations
  • are involved in general community housing and renovation
  • have standard after-school programs, outdoor summer camps, or regular gardening programs
  • are capital improvement, building projects, or land acquisitions
  • repeating and maintenance projects, or
  • personal/educational expenses

However, NEF may consider community housing, after school programs, children, youth, summer camps or garden programs that are significantly innovative, transformative and effective.


BEFORE APPLYING

Please see Past Grant Projects for examples of what NEF has funded in the past, and read the NEF criteria for grant-giving below. If other programs or projects similar to yours exist elsewhere, please think about how yours differs.

 

NEF’S CRITERIA FOR GRANT-GIVING

New Earth Foundation (NEF) funds projects through Letters of Inquiry and Grant Applications according to the criteria listed below. The project

  • meets NEF’s Vision and Mission (see Home Page)
  • contains transformational and practical aspects
  • fulfills an important need
  • has clearly defined goals, implementation plan and expected results
  • indicates who will benefit and how
  • is replicable
  • involves those who are served
  • contains an evaluation process to measure success, progress and future decision-making
  • seeks community involvement and/or collaboration with other organizations
  • is cost-effective, with a realistic budget appropriate for the proposed program and a suitable balance between administrative costs and benefits to those served
  • has a plan of acquiring future funding from other sources
  • has qualified staff/volunteers to carry out the project, with staff qualifications clearly specified

 

GRANT APPLICATIONS

NONPROFIT FUNDING New Earth Foundation (NEF) funds projects of 501(c)(3) organizations. If your organization applies under a 501 (c)(3) umbrella organization, your application must be accompanied by a letter of agreement detailing your project and the nature of that organization’s support or involvement. This letter must state an agreement of the umbrella organization’s Board of Directors and be signed by the president/chair of the organization. Include the organization’s name, address and phone number and a copy of its 501(c)(3) authorization letter.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

LETTER OF INQUIRY Before applying for a grant, a time saving Letter of Inquiry is sent to NEF at any time during the year. Click on Letter of Inquiry, follow the directions, fill in the forms and send. This will save both the applicant and NEF time and funds, in case the project is not one that NEF can sponsor at that time or not at all, for various reasons. NEF reviews inquiries two times a year (see NEF Due Dates below) and will contact you within about four weeks, to let you know if NEF would like your organization to submit an application for a grant. In the inquiry/grant application process, if you have questions or are an organization outside of the U.S., please Contact NEF.

THE APPLICATION FORM If your organization is invited by New Earth Foundation to submit a grant application, you will receive a link to the application form with instructions for required information. Please keep a copy of your application. After submitting your application NEF will contact your organization with its granting decision in about four weeks after the application due date. Please see the NEF Due Dates below. If you have questions, please Contact NEF.


NEF DUE DATES

NEF reviews Letters of Inquiry twice a year.

  • NEF will respond around March 1st to Inquiries received by February 1st.
  • NEF will respond around August 1st to Inquiries received by July 1st.

NEF evaluates invited Grant Applications twice a year.

  • NEF will respond around June 1st to Applications received by May 1st.
  • NEF will respond by November 1st to Applications received by October 1st.

NEF Due Dates Chart

Grant Application Due Dates

For a “Letter of Inquiry” Click Here.

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