NIPSCO is accepting applications for its environmental action grant to support local nonprofit organizations with environmental stewardship initiatives through April 2, 2021. In its sixth year, NIPSCO’s Environmental Action Grant continues a tradition of funding restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana.
“This program is an integral part of our commitment to strengthen and support partnerships with organizations improving the quality of the environment and the Environmental Action Grant helps fund those projects that otherwise might not happen,” said Rick Calinski, NIPSCO director of public affairs and economic development. “Working together with our neighboring communities and conservation groups, we strive to be a leader in the preservation, protection, and restoration of critical habitats and to help make a positive difference in the places we call home.”
Prior funding recipients included environmental groups, community groups, schools, and other nonprofit organizations. In 2020, the NIPSCO Environmental Action Grant funded 15 projects with a total of $50,000 awarded. Projects included water quality monitoring, pollinator gardens, woodland restoration, virtual science education, outdoor and environmental programs, and more.
Grants are available in the amounts of $500 to $5,000 for organizations seeking funds for environmental restoration projects and education programs. Applications will be accepted through April 2, 2021, with grant awards announced the week of Earth Day, April 22.
Nonprofit organizations with an environmental restoration or education project or program are invited to submit a grant request through NIPSCO’s online request portal at NIPSCO.com/Community. When submitting an application online, please select the “Environmental Stewardship” option in the Area of Impact drop-down box on the application. Applications should include a project description, budget, timeline, and evaluation.
Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, with an environmental project or program focus and have a direct impact in the NIPSCO service area.