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 will open next spring for 2020.

Questions about the Environmental Action Grant can be directed to Dana Berkes at 260-439-1330 or by email at dberkes@NiSource.com.

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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