SMALL 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.
2018 SMALL GRANT GUIDELINES
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
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
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.
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: