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 when the philanthropy program was conceived, $1 for every barrel of beer sold was donated to nonprofit organizations in the communities where we sold our beer. This effort spurred the establishment of the coworker philanthropy committee that, to this day, remains the backbone of the program.

This inter-departmental group, open to all interested coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of distribution. Since its inception, New Belgium Brewing has donated more than $9 million through our grant program and in 2016 co-workers donated over 4220 hours of volunteer time to their community. See an example of our grant dollars at work HERE.

New Belgium Brewing’s Grant 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 purpose of New Belgium's Grant 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. In 2017 we will donate over $900,000 to programs in 45 states and the District of Columbia. 

Specifically, we focus our 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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Bike Advocacy

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Smart Growth + Climate

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Water Conservation + Restoration

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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. 

Grant Sizes

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

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.
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