NIPSCO Environmental Action Grant

NIPSCO is accepting applications for its 2019 environmental action grant to support local non-profit organizations with environmental initiatives. In its fourth year, NIPSCO’s Environmental Action Grant aims to provide funding for restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana. 

Grants are available in the amount of $500 to $5,000. Applications will be accepted through April 5, 2019, with grant awards announced the week of Earth Day, April 22. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 or other non-profit as determined by the Internal Revenue Service with an environmental project focus and have a direct impact in the NIPSCO service area.

Applications accepted through NIPSCO’s online request portal at When submitting an application online, please select the “Environmental Stewardship” option in the Area of Impact drop-down box on the application. Creating opportunities for volunteerism is an important part of the grant, in addition to providing monetary support to the organization.

Questions about the Environmental Action Grant can be directed to Dana Berkes, 1-260-439-1330 or by email at



Photo Courtesy of: Trees Indiana


Winners of the 2018 Environmental Action Grant:

  • Boys & Girls Club of White County, community environmental education programming
  • Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Spaceship Earth education programming
  • City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department, erosion control project
  • Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy, ecosystem education programming
  • Highland Community Foundation, community tree canopy project
  • Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, scholarships for the Stewards of Tomorrow
  • Little River Wetlands, urban turtle education and conservation efforts
  • Michiana Area Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air
  • Michigan City Area Schools, high school environmental restoration team
  • Porter County Parks Foundation, Sunset Hill Farm County Park Pond restoration phase IV
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust, educational guidebook project
  • St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, nature education and literacy trail
  • Tippecanoe Environmental Lake & Watershed Foundation, Winona Lake Limitless Park restoration project,
  • Trees Indiana, Woodland trails urban forest education
  • Wildcat Guardians, Waterworks Dam Portage trail


Winners of the 2017 Environmental Action Grant:

  • Acres Land Trust, restoration at James P. Covell Nature Preserve
  • Causes for International Change, native plant and accessible garden
  • Fort Wayne Zoological Society, Spy Run Creek River Watch
  • Friends of Potato Creek State Park for invasive plant mapping and removal
  • Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Promoting civic engagement through civic science for middle school students
  • La Porte County Soil & Water Conservation District, Trail Creek Week
  • Little River Wetlands, Monarch Festival 2017
  • Logan’s Landing Association, 2017 Downtown Green & Clean Day
  • NICHES Land Trust, Gish restoration project
  • Porter County Convention, Recreation & Visitor Commission, Native American Ethnobotany Trail
  • Porter County Parks Foundation, Sunset Hill Farm County Park Pond restoration phase III
  • Pulaski County Soil & Water Conservation District, Tippecanoe River State Park stream bank restoration
  • Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, Trail Creek watershed restoration & community engagement project
  • The Child Care Consortium, Rain garden & outdoor environmental education
  • Trees Indiana, Woodland Trails urban forest education


Winners of the 2016 Environmental Action Grant:

  • Friends of Robinson Lake in Hobart for shoreline stabilization
  • Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center in Chesterton for environmental education
  • La Porte County Conservation Trust for restoration at McCloskey Wetlands
  • La Porte County Soil and Water Conservation District for Michigan City’s Trail Creek Week
  • Martin T. Krueger Middle School in Michigan City for prairie restoration
  • Martin Luther King Montessori School in Fort Wayne for an outdoor classroom
  • NICHES Land Trust in Carroll County for Moyer Gould Woods Habitat restoration
  • Northwest Indiana Paddling Association in Valparaiso for Little Calumet River East Branch Stream restoration
  • Porter County Parks Foundation for Sunset Hill Farm County Park pond restoration
  • Save the Dunes Conservation Fund in Michigan City for 2016 Dunes Blowout: A Festival of Performance and Ecology
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Valparaiso for Meadowbrook native seed garden
  • Trees Indiana in Fort Wayne for Nature Explore education
  • Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation in Syracuse for habitat restoration
  • Wildcat Guardians in Kokomo for public access site on Wildcat Creek