ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS FOR SCHOOLS
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Prepared by the Audubon Naturalist Society. Deadlines and other information may have changed; contact funders to confirm all information.
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American Heart Association Teaching GardenSchool teaching gardenhttp://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/TeachingGardens/How-to-Get-a-Teaching-Garden_UCM_436627_SubHomePage.jsp
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Annie's School Gardens grantsMost are $2,500. Some are $5,000.Gardens at K-12 schools in U.S. with a focus on connecting kids to real food.Early Dec.http://www.annies.com/giving-back/school-gardens/grants-for-gardens/grant-application
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Aquatic Resources Education Grant Program (Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources)$2,000/yr for schools. $4,000/yrs for envir. ed. centers that are part of a school system.Aquatic based projects at public and private schools (pre-K -12) and environmental education centers in Maryland that are part of the public school system. (Has been used to fund Trout in the Classroom projects.)Rolling deadline. Allow 4-6 weeks for approval.Cindy Etgen at 410-260-8716. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/aregrants.asp
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Big Green (Nickelodeon)$1,000Environmental projects at public or private schools. All 50 states eligible.Marchhttp://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/What-We-Do/Big-Help.aspx
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Captain Planet Foundation grantsSeed funding of $500 or less for applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. Occasionally considers grants up to $2,500.To promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects.
February 28th- typically for fall and winter projects.
http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/
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Captain Planet Learning Gardenshttp://captainplanetfoundation.org/learning-garden/
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Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini-Grants for K-12 Environmental EducationUp to $5,000Projects that increase student awareness and student involvement in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its local streams and rivers. MD and DC only.three deadlines per year; check website for detailshttp://www.cbtrust.org/site/c.miJPKXPCJnH/b.5457547/k.28ED/Mini_Grant.htm
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Christopher
Columbus Fellowship Foundation

$2,000 scholarships and a $25,000 community grantTeams of middle school students compete for scholarships and a community grant by identifying a
problem in their community and creating a solution to the problem using science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Early Februaryhttp://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/
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Disney Friends for Change grants $1,000This program offers young people across the U.S. the chance to make lasting, positive change in the world, awarding grants for youth-led service projects that demonstrate youth leadership, creativity, and a commitment to making a positive impact on the community. Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply.Early Februarywww.YSA.org/grants/disney-friends-change-grants
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Donors ChooseVariesAccepts project proposals from teachers and posts it to the website. Private donors can visit the website and choose which projects to fund. ongoinghttp://www.donorschoose.org/
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ING Unsung Heroes Award$2,000. Three finalists each year are selected for additional financial awards.Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive awards that reflect innovative teaching methods, creative educational activities, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Aprilhttp://ing.us/about-ing/responsibility/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes
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Katie's Krops Gift card of up to $500 to a garden centerFor youth between the ages of 9 and 16 for funds to start a Katie's Krops vegetable garden in their communities with the purpose of donating the whole harvest to people in need.Decemberhttp://katieskrops.com/apply-for-a-grant.html
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Lexus Eco Challenge$10,000 - $30,000 grants and scholarshipsTeams of teachers and students in grades 6-12 take action and compete for awards.See website.http://lexus.scholastic.com/
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Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program$100-$500Project that enhance and develop an appreciation for nature using native plants. All 50 states.Octoberhttp://www.wildones.org/seedmony.htm
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Lowe’s Outdoor Classroom Grant ProgramUp to $2,000For creating outdoor classrooms.Not currently accepting applicationshttp://www.lowes.com/cd_Corporate+Citizenship_674540029_
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Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants$2,000-$5,000)Technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvementsJan. 1-Feb. 15 and Aug. 1-Oct. 15http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
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Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation GrantsUp to $1,500Support educators in developing environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving. Funds globally.Septemberhttp://www.mgaef.org/index.html
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Montgomery County (MD) Rainscapes for Schools programUp to $5,000Materials and funding for curriculum-based stormwater management-oriented projects. Montgomery County, MD.March 15 and Dec. 15http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/dectmpl.asp?url=/content/dep/water/rainschools.asp
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Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools Educational FoundationUp to $1,000Funds new, creative, and innovative projects not funded in the regular MCPS budget through the Small Grants Program.Septemberhttp://mcpsfoundation.org/grants/small-grants.php
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National Education Association Foundation Student Achievement Grants$2,000 and $5,000Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.February 1, June 1, October 1http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/
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National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grant Award$1,000 or $500 gift card to Home DepotFor schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. All 50 states. Early Decemberhttp://grants.kidsgardening.org/2013-youth-garden-grant-award
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Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants (The Nature Conservancy)$1,000 - $2,000For the the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses.Octoberhttps://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/#grants
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North Face Explore Fund $2,500Programs to Connect Children With NatureOctober http://www.explorefund.org/
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Piedmont Environmental Education Foundation$250- $1,000For teachers and/or students in Washington metro area. Proposals could include funding requests for, schoolyard habitat restoration, original student research, air or water quality monitoring, organic farming, and community outreach and educational environmental trips although they do not rank as high on our evaluation list as other activities.December 15Piedmont Environmental Education Foundation, ATTN: Jim Brown, Box 442, Barnesville, MD 20838
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Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenWorks!Up to $1,000 for PLT trained educators or Up to $3,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant!September 30 annuallyhttp://www.plt.org/greenworks
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Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge$5,000The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. See website.http://www.wecanchange.com/
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Suburu (and National Gardening Association) Healthy Sprouts Garden Grant$500 - $1,500Provides youth and school garden programs with funding and support to start or sustain established gardens. Applying programs should have a focus on environmental education, and health and nutrition studies.Novemberhttp://grants.kidsgardening.org/2013-subaru-healthy-sprouts
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Target Field Trip GrantsUp to $700Fund field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Between August 1 and September 30https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants
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Toshiba America Foundation Grants VariesFor improving math and science instruction. All 50 states.Oct. 1 for K-5. Ongoing for grades 6 - 12 for grants less than $5,000. Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 for grant requests for grades 6-12 of more than $5,000http://www.toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp
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US Airways Field Trip FUNd$500Field trips eligible for consideration include visits to art, science and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career-enrichment opportunities, or other defined educational events or experiences away from school.Sept. 15 of each year.http://www.usairways.com/en-US/aboutus/corporategiving/default.html?re=1
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Virginia Chesapeake Bay Restoration FundAverage around $5,000Environmental education or action-oriented conservation and restoration within Chesapeake Bay watershed

Early Octoberhttp://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm?x=fnd
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Virginia Environmental Endowment mini-grantsUp to $5,000One-time, start-up environmental education projects in VADec. 1 and June 15http://www.vee.org/mini.cfm
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Wal-Mart Foundation -- Local Giving Program$250-$5,000Education for youth ages 12-25 and Environmental SustainabilityDecemberhttp://walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/238.aspx
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Water Planet Challenge Grants –NEA Fdn & Earth Echo Int’l$2,000Grants middle and high school public educators for student service-learning programs designed to help improve the health of our water planet. Octoberhttp://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/nea-foundation-earthecho-grants/ Applicants must cite specifically how they are utilizing EarthEcho's Water Planet Challenge Action Guides.
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Westinghouse Electric Company N-Vision a Brighter Future Grants $1,000 for a project plus $1,000 for science department enhancement at the schoolGrant is awarded to schools that exhibit creativity in science, technology, engineering and the mathematics education of K – 12 students. Novemberhttp://www.westinghousenuclear.com/Community/EducationalGrants.shtm
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Whole Kids Foundation$2,000School gardensNovemberhttp://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php
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Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grantsup to $500Provide plants, seeds and in-kind donations from nurseries for project that expand learning opportunities by enhancing schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. They also help schools locate experts and information specific to their area.Octoberhttp://www.wildones.org/seeds-for-education/sfe/
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World We Want FoundationUp to $5,000For youth between the ages of 13 and 25 who want to make a difference through a range of social action activities, including community service projects, service-learning projects, and social ventures. Qualified applications must have a project team of one or more youths, a partner organization that supports and sponsors the team, and a project mentor to guide and advise the team.

Rollinghttp://www.theworldwewantfoundation.org/start-your-project
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