Each spring, NIPSCO supports environmental restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana through funding from the Environmental Action Grant.

Grants are available in the amount of $500 to $5,000. 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 are closed for 2020. Check back in early 2021 for information on the next grant opportunity.

Nonprofit organizations with an environmental restoration or education project are invited to submit a grant request through NIPSCO’s online request portal at NIPSCO.com/Community. When submitting an application online, please select the “Environmental Stewardship” option in the Area of Impact drop-down box on the application. Applications should include a project description, timeline and evaluation. 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 by email at dberkes@NiSource.com.

The 2020 NIPSCO Environmental Action Grant winners include:

  • Clear Lake Township Conservancy, Cyrus Brouse Clean Stream Project
  • Dunes Learning Center, Virtual Citizen Science
  • EACS Educational Foundation/Paul Harding High School, Nature Trail
  • Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Teens for Nature – Conservation Crew
  • Friends of Indiana Dunes, Pollinator Gardens
  • Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Woodland Restoration Project
  • Izaak Walton Porter County Chapter, Bat Watch 2020
  • LaGrange County Community Foundation/Friends of LaGrange County Parks, Student water quality monitoring
  • NICHES Land Trust, Woodland Restoration Project
  • Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, East Branch of the Little Calumet River Water Trail Extension Phase II
  • Ryan Park Elementary, Nature Trail Improvement and Educational Enhancement
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust, environmental education programming
  • TEkVenture Incorporated, outdoor wildflower meadow play area
  • IU Kokomo, Camp Persimmon environmental sustainability day camp
  • Windsong Pictures, youth environmental project videos

Past Recipients

2019

  • ACRES Land Trust, Trine University restoration partnership
  • Highland Community Foundation, community tree canopy project
  • Lake Station Community Schools, pollinator garden
  • Little River Wetlands Project, urban turtle education and conservation efforts
  • Michiana Area Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air/Bicycle Parking Project
  • Michigan City Parks Department, Trail Creek Week
  • NICHES Land Trust, environmental steward docent training
  • Porter County Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America, E-STEAM in the Field
  • Porter County Conservation Trust, Eagle Scout project
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross, Urban reforestation and pollinator support
  • St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, playscape native plantings
  • The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, East Chicago Monarch outreach and habitat support
  • Town of Chesterton, Coffee Creek Park riparian restoration project
  • Town of Churubusco/Smith-Green Community Schools, rain garden
  • IU Kokomo, Camp Persimmon environmental sustainability day camp 

2018

  • 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

2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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

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