Grants & Awards


The Edith Chase Conservation Award is given to “a living individual in recognition of his/her/their meritorious contribution to resource use, allocation, and protection, especially the natural environment. It honors creative work of particular effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge, promoting awareness, or other innovative work to the conservation of energy, habitat, water, wetlands or wildlife. Individuals nominated for the award have made significant and well-recognized contributions to conservation, either in a volunteer role or above and beyond the responsibilities of their professional role.”

The awardee is honored at the Portage Park Foundation dinner in May.

2022 Edith Chase Conservation Award Nomination Form (Due March 22, 2022)


KEC offers mini-grants (less than $200) throughout the year, funded by members’ extra contributions. Click Here for the Mini Grant application (docx).

KEC’s “Legacy for the Environment” grant is funded by its endowment and bequests. Grants are available by announcement only.  Requests for Proposals go out as funds become available, typically every year or two. Funding varies, but typically several applicants receive between $500 and $1,000.

KEC accepts proposals from persons or organizations with ideas for improving the environment in Portage County.  Areas of consideration will include, but are not limited to, environmental education, storm water management, the mitigation of stream and river degradation, the protection of other surface and groundwater resources, enhancement of alternative energy usage, and/or the creation of sustainable communities. We also welcome other areas of consideration that would improve air or water quality, natural beauty, and environmental awareness in Portage County. For 2021, we emphasized smaller community projects and gave preference to marginalized communities.

Request for Proposals

KEC will not be sending out Requests for Proposals in 2022 for Legacy for the Environment Grants.  Please check back in 2023.