Partnering with non-profit organizations and community involvement have always been a part of New Belgium. In 1995 when the philanthropy program was conceived, we began donating $1 for every barrel of beer sold to non-profit organizations in the communities where we sell our beers. This effort spurred the establishment of a 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 $6 million through our grant programs and in 2014 co-workers donated over 2500 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.

Grant Program and Application

The purpose of New Belgium’s Environmental Stewardship Grants Program is to serve and connect with the 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 2015 we will donate $945,365 to programs in 38 states.

*Youth Environmental Education

We believe environmental stewards draw inspiration from their earliest experiences in the outdoors. At New Belgium Brewing Company we are reminded every day that we are a part of the natural world because producing world-class beers depends on the health of the environment.

As environmental stewards we are enthusiastic about programs that foster connectivity between humans and nature. We aim to discover programs that engage youth from a variety of backgrounds in the outdoors and prepare them to make knowledgeable choices about the environment. New Belgium is devoted to honoring nature at every turn of the business, and we are privileged to support programs that share our commitment. Let’s go outside!

We are in support of Youth Environmental Education (grades K-12) projects that: 
  • Apply an interdisciplinary approach
  • Influence positive behavior change
  • Experientially engage students in the outdoors
  • Incorporate a comprehensive curriculum tied to national and state learning standards

Please note projects and themes may include but are not limited to the three other grant categories we fund (Sustainable Agriculture, Water Conservation & Restoration and Sensible Transportation & Bike Advocacy).  

*Sustainable Agriculture

Beer is an agricultural product, born from nutritious soil, water, and hard-working hands. New Belgium Brewing purchases barley, hops, and various spices primarily from the United States and Canada, as well as a very small amount from abroad. Our business depends on these high quality, affordable, and reliable ingredients to make the delicious beer we all enjoy. Because of this, we value a vibrant and complete ecosystem to support our livelihoods and great beer for many generations to come.

Agriculture accounts for the majority of water consumed by human-based activity on the planet, and it emits significant greenhouse gas emissions. Through our charitable contributions and work with our suppliers, we hope to do our part in encouraging agriculture to become more sustainable and even regenerative.

We are in support of Sustainable Agriculture projects that:

  • Strengthen and protect ecosystem health and biodiversity
  • Break down barriers and foster support for the young farmers entering the profession
  • Protect public health, human communities and or animal welfare

*Water Conservation & Restoration

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 heath 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 any of the 38 states where we distribute our beer.

*Sensible Transportation & Bicycle Advocacy

We like bikes. The bicycle is near and dear to our New Belgium hearts, as you might notice from the label of our flagship beer, Fat Tire! Not only is the bicycle all kinds of fun to ride but it keeps us healthy, and, when ridden in place of a car, it is better for the planet.

We are in support of Sensible Transportation projects that:

  • Strengthen and or create infrastructure with all users in mind- including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities
  • Break down barriers and fosters support for young cyclists
  • Integrates land use planning with transportation planning and promotes energy efficiency

2015 Environmental Stewardship Grant Guidelines

Funding decisions are made by our Sustainability Department and our Coworker Philanthropy Committee.  Specifically, we focus our grants on the following four strategies to mitigate human impacts on the planet:

Youth Environmental Education – Accepting applications February 1, 2015- March 31, 2015. 

Sustainable Agriculture – Accepting applications April 1, 2015- May 31, 2015.

Sensible Transportation & Bike Advocacy – Accepting applications July 1, 2015 –August 31, 2015.

Water Stewardship – Accepting applications September 1, 2015-October 31, 2015.

Our geographic funding areas:

The states to receive funding in 2015 are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


  • Organizations who receive a NBB sponsorship of 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 or Clips of Faith and receive funds from these events
  • 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 operations
  • Foundations who allocate requested funds to other organizations or individuals
  • City, County or State agencies
  • In order to encourage diverse income sources, organizations that have received consecutive funding over a three year period are not eligible to apply for one calendar year

How much to request:

Grants range from $2,500-$10,000

How to APPLY:

In order to encourage diverse income sources, organizations that have received consecutive funding over a three year period are not eligible to apply for one calendar year.

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

Reporting deadlines for grants made in 2014

  • Youth Environmental Education – 3/31/2015
  • Sustainable Agriculture – 5/31/2015
  • Sensible Transportation & Bike Advocacy -8/31/2015
  • Watershed Conservation and Restoration - 10/31/2015

2014 Grants Summary