Each year, The Nature Conservancy dedicates funds to support the work of volunteer groups by providing stewardship tools and safety equipment and by funding newsletters, websites, and educational materials through the VSN Stewardship Fund.

This year, in addition to the Stewardship Fund, the Volunteer Stewardship Network has launched the Community Convening Fund to assist organizations that are:

  • Fostering community connections to nature;
  • Engaging BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) and other historically underrepresented and overburdened communities in the programming, care and protection of green space with native habitat elements;
  • Providing co-benefits for human and environmental health.

The application deadline for both funds is: Friday, June 25, 2021.

Below you will find application materials for both funds as well as a one-page fact sheet that provides information about and differences between the two funds.

Volunteer Stewardship Network Application

Community Convening Fund Application

Additionally, please save the dates below for online information sessions, which will include background on the Volunteer Stewardship Network, information about each of the two funding opportunities and plenty of time for questions.


Info Session 1: Thursday, June 10 at Noon

Info Session 2:  Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

Info Session 3: Saturday, June 19 at 11 a.m.


Please share this information with anyone you know that might benefit from being connected to the VSN!