The communities in which we brew our beer are intrinsically bound to great American rivers: the Cache la Poudre in Fort Collins, CO and the French Broad River in Asheville, NC. Access to clean water is a (threatened) basic human right, and the effects of climate change exacerbate the aridity of the West. Since water makes up over 90% of our beer, we approach our role as stewards of these rivers sincerely. We aim to take only what we need and return any excess water as clean as we got it. This means reducing our water consumption wherever we can and avoiding the use of toxic cleaning agents or anything else that might compromise the purity of the water as it leaves our facility. 

Of course, we can do everything within our power to reduce the quantity and increase the quality of the water we use, but that alone won’t preserve and rebuild the country’s many threatened rivers. We are a small splash in a giant pond, and we want to make our splash ripple. 

We are in support of Water Conservation and Restoration projects that: 

Support conservation policy and advocacy

Restore and protect ecosystem health and biodiversity

Promote management practices that improve the use of water resources for the protection
and benefit of public health, human communities and or animal welfare

Please note, while we are deeply connected to the rivers in our backyard, we offer support for water projects in all of our geographic funding areas.  


Funding decisions are made by our CSR Department and Coworker Grants Committee. 
Questions?  Please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

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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



  • 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
  • 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


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 small grants to international programs at this time. Thanks for your understanding.


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



  • Requests for in-kind product donation and/or sponsorship will be immediately declined.
  • Please choose the best funding category to match your organization's mission and work. 
  • The forms do not allow for saving. Please preview the application to ensure you have gathered all the necessary information- PREVIEW the 2018 small grant application. In an effort to reduce paper waste, please download a copy for electronic use. When possible please refrain from printing paper copies.
  • Please APPLY if:
    • The organization is based in our geographic area
    • The work matches one of our funding interests
    • All "We Do Not Fund" requirements have been met
Questions? First please first review the Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, please reach out to the grants committee at grants@newbelgium.com.   

Due to the volume of requests, we are unable to take individual phone calls or meetings. Thank you for your understanding. 


Grant recipients are required to fill out a report for any grant of $2500 or more. Complete grant report HERE

Reporting deadlines for grants made Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017 are as follows:   

  • Youth Environmental Education – March 31, 2018
  • Sustainable Agriculture – May 31, 2018
  • Bike Advocacy - August 31, 2018
  • Smart Growth - August 31, 2018
  • Watershed Conservation and Restoration - October 31, 2018