WATER CONSERVATION + RESTORATION
GRANT PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.  



2017 NEW BELGIUM GRANT GUIDELINES

Our funding decisions are made by our Sustainability Department and our Coworker Philanthropy Committee.

Please see below for details regarding our grant program's funding cycle, geographic regions, exclusions, grant sizes, our application process, and reporting requirements. 

Questions?  Please review the Frequently Asked Questions.


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FUNDING CYCLES


Youth Environmental Education – Accepting applications February 1, 2017- March 31, 2017 

Sustainable Agriculture – Accepting applications April 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017 

Smart Growth – Accepting applications July 1, 2017 August 31, 2017 

Bike Advocacy – Accepting applications July 1, 2017 August 31, 2017

Water Conservation & Restoration – Accepting applications September 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017 

 


WE DO NOT FUND

  • 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


GEOGRAPHIC FUNDING AREAS

States to receive funding in 2017 are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

GRANT SIZES

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

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • If you are based in one of our geographic areas and your work matches one of our funding interests, please come back on 2/1/18 for further details on how to apply.

  • Please choose the best funding category to match your organization.  

  • If you are looking for sponsorship of an event or a product donation please refer to those guidelines.

  • Questions?  Please review the Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, please reach out to the grants committee at grants@newbelgium.com.



GRANT REPORTING

Grant recipients are required to fill out our reporting form for any grant of $2500 or more.  You can find our reporting form at http://www.newbelgium.com/sustainability/Community/Philanthropy/followup.aspx.

Reporting deadlines for grants made Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 are as follows:  

  • Youth Environmental Education – March 31, 2017
  • Sustainable Agriculture – May 31, 2017
  • Bike Advocacy - August 31, 2017
  • Smart Growth - August 31, 2017
  • Watershed Conservation and Restoration - October 31, 2017