Innovation Grants

The Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants Program supports creative and ambitious projects that engage diverse communities and find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

All information related to this year's Innovation Grants program can be found in the application guidelines section of this website.

Each year, the Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants fund projects that:

  • Conserve or restore habitat and protect species, improve water quality or quantity, and reduce the threat of climate change by reducing energy use and improving efficiency;
  • Engage new and diverse audiences in community conservation; and
  • Use innovative approaches to  forge partnerships and reach audiences that are brand new to your organization.

Innovation Grants fund innovative community-based conservation projects. We seek applications from organizations within the Audubon network that are working with partners in their communities, and that have the passion, commitment, and vision to move people to take action and achieve lasting conservation results. If you are interested in applying but your organization is not part of the Audubon network, we encourage you to try to find an Audubon group you can partner with near you. If there are no Audubon groups in your area, your organization may apply with partners of its own.

In 2013, we will award 30-40 grants, ranging from $5,000 to $80,000, with an average grant size of $25,000. Note that requests above this amount are likely to face considerably more competition than requests of $25,000 or less.

In addition, we will be offering three to five planning grants of $5,000 or less. See Planning Grants for details.

To learn more about the benefits of the program and how to apply, please use the menu at the top of this page.

What's New in 2013:

  • Project Leader: Each project must put forward an individual who is the primary project representative and the project “champion”. This person is required to attend an in-person training October 28 – November 1, 2013, which is a way to connect to other grantees and participate in professional development workshops. Costs associated with attending the training, including travel, meals, and lodging will be covered by Toyota TogetherGreen. This person is also responsible for all grant reporting, as well as seeking media attention and being the spokesperson for the project.
  • Volunteer Awards: If you are selected to receive an Innovation Grant or Fellowship and you plan to engage volunteers in your efforts, you will be eligible for a small financial award at the midterm of the grant period. During each grant period we will award 5 – 10 small grants ($1,000) to Grantees and/or Fellows who are using innovative approaches to recruit volunteers as part of their conservation efforts.  Awards will be given based on the most creative, most strategic recruitment strategies.
  • Collaboration Grants: Since partnerships are required, all Innovation Grants are technically collaborations. However, in 2013, we are seeking applications for collaborations between multiple past TogetherGreen funding recipients (Fellows, Innovation Grantees, and Volunteer Days grant recipients) that have potential to result in substantial increases in conservation impact.
  • Matching Funds: All awardees are required to raise matching funds to support their project. Matching funds can include in-kind or direct financial support (a minimum of 25 – 50% of grant). For example, if you receive a grant of $80,000, you should secure between $20,000 and $40,000 in matching funds either prior to or during your project. As the Innovation Grants are considered seed funding for creative projects, the intent here is to leverage existing funding to increase impact and ensure sustainability.