Partnering with nonprofit organizations and community involvement have always been a big part of New Belgium. It's so important to us to show up authentically in the communities where we do business, to give back to those who have supported us along the way and to advocate for a future that's bright for all. In 1995 we committed $1 for every barrel of beer sold to nonprofit organizations in the communities where we sold our beer. Since then, New Belgium Brewing has donated more than $9 million through our Grants Program. In 2018 we will donate over $900,000 to projects across the United States.

Our program consists of both small and large grants. Large grants allow us the opportunity to deepen relationships with organizations we've worked with over time and expand our impacts on causes we care about. Large grants are by invitation only. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note, New Belgium Brewing Company's Grants Program is a separate and distinct entity from the New Belgium Family Foundation.  You can learn more about the New Belgium Family Foundation HERE


The coworker grants committee was established in 1995 and to this day, remains the backbone of the Small Grants Program. This interdepartmental group, open to all interested coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of distribution. 

The purpose of our Small Grants Program is to serve and connect with communities where we sell our beers. We want to cultivate relationships and support those making an impact. Our goal is to improve the health of the planet and inspire others to joyously embrace sustainable choices.

Categories + Application
Specifically, we focus our small grants on the following five strategies to mitigate human impacts on the planet. 
You can learn more about each grant category and apply for funding by visiting the links below.

Sustainable Agriculture

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Youth Environmental Education

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Bicycle Advocacy

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Smart Growth + Climate

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Water Conservation + Restoration

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Funding decisions are made by our CSR Department and Coworker Grants Committee. Please see below for details regarding our funding cycle deadlines, geographic regions, exclusions, grant sizes, our and reporting requirements. Application posted on individual grant category pages.
Questions? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Small Grant Sizes

Our small grants range in size 
from $500 to $5,000

Funding Cycles

Youth Environmental Education – Accepting applications February 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Sustainable Agriculture – Accepting applications March 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018  

Bicycle Advocacy – Accepting applications April 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018  

Smart Growth and Climate – Accepting applications May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018 

Water Conservation and Restoration – Accepting applications September 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018 

We Do Not Fund


  • Programming or projects that fall outside of our 5 grant categories:  Youth Environmental Education, Sustainable Agriculture, Bicycle Advocacy, Smart Growth and Climate, and Water Conservation and Restoration 
  • Organizations receiving New Belgium funding, sponsorship and/or in-kind donation of beer or any New Belgium goods amounting to more than $2500 in a calendar year
  • Organizations without 501(c)3 status, we do not fund organizations utilizing a fiscal sponsor
  • Organizations who partner with Tour de Fat and receive funds from this event
  • Debt reduction
  • Requests from individuals including scholarships
  • Conferences, conventions or workshops
  • Organizations for religious purposes
  • Fundraising events, music festivals, film festivals or cultural events
  • Direct submittals from public or private schools
  • Production of films or other media-related projects
  • General operating requests, institutional overhead, indirect costs, or facilities and administration costs
  • Capital campaigns
  • Foundations who allocate requested funds to other organizations, individuals, or schools
  • City, County or State agencies
  • In order to encourage diverse income sources, organizations that have received consecutive grant funding over a three year period are not eligible to apply for one calendar year
Geographic Funding Area

Cheers! New Belgium beer is now available nationwide! Which means all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are eligible for small grants in 2018. We do not offer grants to international programs at this time. Thanks for your understanding.