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STEM Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 @ 17:03 PM

“Science is not only a discipline of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” -Stephen Hawking.


As the world mourns the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists of our time, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities continue to be the fastest-growing of all occupational sectors, according to The NEA Foundation. Most of these STEM jobs require education beyond high school, and the United States is projected to fall short of demand for highly-educated workers by as much as five million by 2020 (NEA Foundation). As a result, school districts across the nation are striving to give students tools to get them excited about and interested in STEM fields. Below are some grants that can help get STEM initiatives into more schools.


Expert Advice: Be clear on need. Examples:

• Adjusting your curriculum to meet The Next Generation Science Standards.

• Preparing students to meet goals on standardized tests.

Also, be clear and realistic on goals. Examples:

• Put in place new collaborative curriculum geared toward STEM.

• Helping students reach test benchmarks in these subject areas.


The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation supports STEM education by increasing access to and improving the quality of STEM programs in underserved communities. Grant funding can be used toward in-school, after school, or summer activities. This grant can also be used for professional development for educators, as long as such teacher training relates to STEM initiatives. Last year two districts were awarded $150,000 grants. Applications are accepted at any time and are reviewed three times a year.

ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants

These grants focus on the science part of STEM. Funding can be used to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Specifically, grants can be used for laboratory equipment and supplies, instructional materials, professional development, student-conducted field studies, and student-led science outreach events. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applicants must be U.S. high school chemistry teachers. The deadline for the 2018-19 funding is April 16.

Honda Foundation

Through this foundation, Honda has awarded more than $37 million to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S.  Honda supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects. Non-profit organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. The deadline for application submission for applicants who have received a Honda grant in the past is May 1. The deadline for application submission for applicants who have not previously received a Honda grant is Aug. 1.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation

Focusing on the technology section of STEM, the ESA Foundation’s grant program seeks to ensure youth aged 7-18 have access to and are educated by technology, computers, or video games. Programs that “train the trainer” are also eligible for funding, as long as those trained will use their education to impact youth through technology. Eligible candidates are non-profit organizations or governmental units.

There is no set amount for ESA Foundation grants, though it is unlikely that first-time ESA Foundation grantees would receive more than $50,000. Letters of intent must be received by May 15.

  Expert Advice: To meet non-profit eligibility requirements of some foundations, schools can partner with parent teacher organizations (PTO, PTA) or local municipalities.


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Grants for Disaster Preparedness

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

In 2017, there were many devastating natural and other disasters around the world. In the wake of such harrowing events, response organizations tend to focus on disaster relief and recovery. But governmental and community disaster prevention and preparedness programs are equally important, as they have broad reach and proactively help save lives, reduce injury rates, and reduce property and environmental damage when disaster strikes.Disaster Prep.jpg There are many grant opportunities for those organizations who focus on disaster prevention and preparedness in addition to disaster relief and recovery.

Before you review and consider applying to the specific disaster preparedness grant opportunities listed below, here’s a quick reminder of some important, general preparatory actions your organization should take before applying for any grant.

Build a Relationship with the Grantmaker:
Many grants require your organization to work with someone at the grant funding entity in order to apply for a grant. Be sure to research if the grant opportunity you’ll apply to has such a requirement. Even when a particular grant does not require connecting with the grantmaker ahead of time, building a rapport with the funder and seeking their input on your project ideas in advance will increase your chance of funding.

Establish Project Partnerships: Many grants require or encourage partnerships with one or more organizations outside your own. It is best to secure collaborators before you begin or early in the project planning process so the partnering institution(s) can provide project planning input. 

Plan the Project: The vast majority of grant opportunities fund specific projects, not general operating costs.  This statement is especially true for disaster preparedness grant opportunities. Be prepared to present data justifying the need for the project, a detailed project description, a project budget, and specific goals and measurable outcomes.

Here are some specific disaster preparedness opportunities to consider, as well as several relationship building, partnership establishment, and/or project planning tips:

FEMA Disaster Preparedness: Hazard Mitigation, Fire Prevention, and Flood Prevention Grant Programs

FEMA offers a variety of grants to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments fund and sustain programs to help prevent or prepare for a variety of potential safety, health, and security hazards. Under their Hazard Mitigation Grants category, FEMA offers general grants for post-disaster preparedness projects for annual prevention programs and future prevention and planning programs post-disaster. In addition to general Hazard Mitigation programs, FEMA also offers more disaster-specific programs, such as their Firefighters Grant Program intended to enhance firefighting personnel and fire prevention programs or their Flood Mitigation Assistance Program for initiatives that help prevent flooding and flood damage in flood-prone areas. For the grant award amounts and application cycle information for the grant in which you’re interested in applying, see the website above.

  Project Planning Tip: To help prepare a specific, detailed project plan that will appeal to the FEMA grant application reviewers, first review FEMA's "Mitigation Ideas" documents for examples of the specific types of programs FEMA typically funds. Be sure your own program is similarly specific but also includes a new or innovative aspect beyond what is included in FEMA’s sample project ideas.  


Hospital Preparedness Program

While most of us think of natural disasters when we hear the phrases “disaster prevention” or “disaster preparedness,” it is also important to prepare for potential healthcare crises, including possible disease outbreaks or healthcare resource and supply shortages. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control awarded over $850 million to state, city, special district, and county governments for initiatives to help build and sustain public healthcare preparedness programs. Grant award amounts range from $300,000 to $42 million. Applications are typically due in April or May.

  Project Planning Tip: This grant requires that the project increase health gains for at-risk individuals or special needs populations. So, be sure to review the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) to confirm which populations this grant program considers “at-risk,” choose a specific special needs population to target for your project, and research the current number of individuals your hospital currently assists within that population, to what extent, etc.  

  Partnership Establishment Tip: Based on your specific project focus, consider partnering with a local health-focused organization or even another healthcare provider toward reaching your project goals.  

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants

Under their Safety Grants category, State Farm offers grants for auto accident prevention, home safety initiatives, fire prevention education, and other disaster-preparedness programs. Eligible applicant organizations for Safety Grants include educational institutions, non-profits, governmental entities, and some community organizations, such as fire companies. Grant applications are typically available starting in early September, with deadlines at the end of October.

  Relationship Building Tip: Contact your local State Farm Agency. While awarding decisions for this grant are made at the national level within the company, working with your local State Farm representatives can help you gather data on the largest needs in your community and thus help you focus your proposed project. More importantly, showing on your application that you’ve built a relationship with State Farm at the local level will appeal to the national funding decision-makers.


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Playground Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:02 AM

3540071656_af5abb05a6_m.jpgWe get a tremendous number of requests from municipalities for help finding grants that fund playground upgrades. Such grants are highly sought-after and thus extremely competitive.  If you seek to create or refurbish playground equipment in your community, we can help you put your best foot forward. Below are a few grant opportunities to get you started.


There are two grant opportunities for funding from Lowe’s, depending on your need.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education: Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has provided over $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country. There are four focus areas this year, including facility renovations. Any public/charter K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with such a school is eligible to apply. Grant awards of between $2,000 and $5,000 per school are available. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project, like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be finished within the year of the award. The next cycle for the Toolbox for Education program opens on Aug. 6, with a deadline of Sept. 28.

Community Partners Grants: For those schools needing larger grant awards, Lowe’s also provides Community Partners Grants. Non-profit parent-teacher organizations would need to apply on behalf of schools for this program. Grounds improvements and building renovations/upgrades are fundable projects. These grants range from $2,000-$100,000. The spring grant cycle is currently open until May 11. The fall cycle will be from July 2-Aug. 24.

Voices for Healthy Kids

Playgrounds can be funded by grants that promote healthy living or aim to reduce childhood obesity. The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have partnered to create the Voices for Healthy Kids grant program. This program promotes physical activity and physical education by funding more frequent, effective physical education in schools--including funding for recess and playgrounds. Awards of up to $125,000 are available. Applications will open on June 4, with a deadline of July 13.

American Academy of Dermatology

Is your playground lacking shade? The American Academy of Dermatology offers grants of up to $8,000 to public schools for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun. Since its inception in 2000, the Shade Structure Grant Program has funded 324 shade structures. A member of the AAD must recommend your school for receipt of the grant. The website has an easy search tool to find an AAD member in your area to contact. The 2018 application period has passed. Next year’s program should open in September 2018.

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Grants for School Security

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 16:02 PM

16281105614_7b84887348_m.jpgSchool security is yet again a focus as 17 lives from Parkland, Florida are mourned by the entire country. This latest tragedy has sparked debate in the social media world, the news, and houses across the United States. No one knows the answer to solving these repeated heartbreaks.

While the discussion continues, schools want to do everything in their power to keep their students and faculty safe and feeling secure. As a starting point, download our two-page School Emergency Preparedness Overview.  In terms of potential funding, the most promising sources are usually found through existing local, regional, and state channels.

  Recommended Grant Approach: Contact district, regional, and state offices to determine local funding opportunities and approaches.   

The most practical step you can take is to ask local authorities what funding avenues they’re already aware of. Chances are they know of some, and they may have already applied. Furthermore, by working through  larger entities, such as a county or an educational region, you will increase your credibility with the funding agency. By working through larger groups, you may also be eligible for more grant dollars, since you can impact a larger region.  A regional or state office may also help align your current security plan with a regional or state plan, which is important in a funding request.

  Recommended Grant Approach: Know and site your state, regional, or district plan. 

Funding agencies want reassurance that your goals are aligned with those established for your geographical region. Demonstrate that you are aware of current planning on a larger scale than just your school and are aligned with current plans. Also, many times an established state, regional, or district plan will provide data about the importance and need for better security—data that you can site in your grant proposal for school security.

State Departments of Education

We recommend looking at your state’s Department of Education or other state departments. Some states have school security grants. For instance, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has Safe Schools Targeted Grants. This grant provides funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, as well as programs or security-related equipment that address school safety and violence. The state of Connecticut announced in the beginning of February a new round of grants to enhance school security in that state. Past grant awards have been used to purchase door locks, security cameras, fencing, lighting, and more. The program was created in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators in December 2012.

National Programs

Below are a couple national grant programs that provide school security grants.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

This home improvement store donates up to $5 million annually to K-12 public and charter schools. That’s as many as 1,000 schools yearly. Eligible projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. Maximum grant awards are $5,000. The spring 2018 grant cycle is closed, so mark Aug. 6 on your calendar, as that is when the fall application cycle opens for this grant.

Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

State Farm wants to build better, stronger, and safer communities. They focus on safety and education, making this a perfect fit for school security grant proposals. The 2018 grant application window has closed. The grant application cycle for 2019 will likely open in September 2018.


The following are various school security and emergency preparedness resources that may interest schools as they plan emergency response efforts or make their case for emergency preparedness or school security funding.

This website provides many additional resources for emergency preparedness and security for schools.

This PDF document is a detailed guide for creating emergency preparedness plans.

This website provides guidelines for how to handle an active shooter situation, as well as additional resources for these types of situations.

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Grants for Dog Welfare and Enrichment

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 16:02 PM

Grants for Dog Welfare and Enrichment

Tomorrow, February 16th, marks the start of the Chinese New Year. In honor of the Year of the Dog, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the many hardworking, non-profit organizations that work tirelessly every day toward the welfare of man’s best friend. Whether your organization seeks to fund research, shelters, adoption programs, training programs, or other initiatives to benefit dogs, there are many foundations eager to support canine welfare and enrichment programs.

Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc.  

The Laura J. Niles Foundation primarily funds grants to non-profits in the Northeastern U.S., though all U.S. non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The foundation historically funds collaborative, financially-sustainable programs focused on dog welfare. Programs may relate to animal protection, animal adoptions, animal-human companionship, canine health research, search and rescue training, and assistance animals. Funding typically ranges from $2,000 to $50,000. Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at foundation meetings approximately once per month, usually around mid-month.

Grey Muzzle Grants

As the name suggests, Grey Muzzle Grants funds non-profit organization programs that benefit at-risk, senior dogs, such as improved marketing programs for senior dog adoptions or medical care programs for elderly dogs who need special care. Grant awards range between $2,500 and $7,500. The online application system opens on Friday, February 16th. For interested applicants, Grey Muzzle will hold a “Grants 101” webinar on February 22nd to review the full application process, including application deadline information.

Planet Dog Foundation

Planet Dog’s goal is to help dogs actualize their full potential for providing companionship and help for humans in need, primarily by funding non-profit programs to train and place assistance and therapy dogs. The foundation also funds projects that train dogs for other service roles, such as police work or search and rescue programs.  Planet Dog’s grants are for a maximum of $7,500. The next grant application cycle will open in late 2018.

The Stanton Foundation

The Stanton Foundation provides grants to various organizations that improve canine welfare and seek to “strengthen the human/dog bond,” including grants for dog health research, mobile adoption vans, dog parks, and police K9 training and placement. While some of the available grants are limited to organizations in the New England area, most of the grants are available to organizations throughout the U.S. The grant programs are quite diverse and thus vary greatly in typical award amounts, with some programs ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, while others have maximums as high as $150,000. Please visit The Stanton Foundation’s website to confirm the typical grant amounts and annual application deadlines for the grants to which you’d like to apply.

Don’t go it alone in the dog-eat-dog world of canine welfare grants. The Grant Helpers can assist with all aspects of the grant application process, including grant searches, program planning, and grant applications. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

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5 Overlooked Grant Basics Part III: Demonstrating Value and Impact

Posted by Roland Garton on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

In Part II of this series, I talked about the importance of using numbers to support the29281721846_67b62bda62_m.jpg need for your project and the impact it will have. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of numbers to quantify all the good that will result from your project. But to expand beyond that point, I’ll suggest some ways you can go beyond the numbers themselves to tell a convincing story about the importance of your project.

Demonstrated Impact. One important way to demonstrate impact is to outline the outcomes your organization has already achieved. History is a good predictor. Showing existing success builds confidence that you can deliver on what you propose.

  Insider Tip: Demonstrate impact in two areas:
1) the impact your organization has already had
2) the additional impact the proposed project will have

 Next are some different populations to consider when discussing demonstrated and future impact.

Impacts to Individuals. Statistics tend to be faceless and cold. You can increase the personal appeal of your proposal with references to individuals whose lives you have made better. Occasional testimonials and quotes can pull in a reviewer and put a human perspective on the data. If the proposal format allows, pictures of those benefitting from your organization are worth the proverbial thousand words. Of course, any quotes have to be relevant to the goals of your project and your organization.

Impacts to Society in General. Most projects serve specific populations and in doing so improve society in general. If you’re feeding hungry people, in most cases you’re also reducing crime. If you’re providing mentoring programs for at-risk youth, you’re also increasing diversity at the college level, since more at-risk youth will be able to attend. You’re also providing meaningful civic and personal engagement for mentors, often retired individuals. Where possible, provide numbers to support impact, but if statistics aren’t available, describe the impact in text. 

Impacts to the Funder. This is so obvious it’s often overlooked. Funders benefit from your ability to meet their goals, which I often point out. But many foundations also crave publicity, banks and railroads being prime examples. Consider ways your project can put their name in front of lots of people in a positive light.  Make sure to mention that in the proposal. Refer to our blogs on stewardship and thanking funders for ideas of ways to recognize funders.

Not a target population, but Assessments from Authorities can carry a lot of weight as well--the  “don’t take our word for it…” approach. Think of any governing bodies, respected individuals, or other organizations whose assessment you could include in a proposal. Get a quote from them and place it in your proposal. Many times you can move the process along by drafting a version of the text and presenting it for edits, revision, and approval.

We can suggest more ways to strengthen your case for more dollars.  Feel free to contact us at no charge for initial ideas and approaches you can use.

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Educational Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

7754784154_54087ca082_m.jpgThere are so many opportunities for educational grants that it is hard to cover every single opportunity. Today, we present several grants for schools that cover a wide variety of topics. These grants have upcoming deadlines, so the time is right to work on them.  We can work with you to make your grant competitive.

  Insider Tip: To distinguish your proposal from the mountain of others, frame the outcomes in terms of impact to target populations and to society in general. Use numbers (e.g., "This curriculum will help over 500 under-represented youth increase their reading comprehension.") to support your case.  

Braitmayer Foundation Grants for Innovation in Education

This third-generation family foundation awards grants to K-12 schools throughout the United States. Proposals should focus either on curricular and school reform initiatives or professional development opportunities for teachers. Braitmayer grants can act as seed money, matching funds, or challenge grants. The foundation does not support grants for childcare, afterschool activities, or pre-kindergarten. The foundation awards grants of up to $35,000. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15.

Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants

Math and science programs are the focus of the Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants Program. Specifically, this foundation awards grants to help develop new programs for these subject areas. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Entertainment Software Association Grants for Youth Programs

Computers, technology, and video games are now main parts of a young person’s life. This grant program focuses on using these to boost learning. Non-profit organizations and governmental entities that provide programs and services that utilize technology, computers, or video games to educate youth ages 7-18 are eligible to apply. Programs or projects must be available in at least two states to be eligible for funding. The foundation awards grants of up to $50,000. The deadline is May 1.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

This foundation aims to support new or expand existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations that help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 17.

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Tourism Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 18:01 PM

2951486999_4fbe62478a_m.jpgTourists spend more than $200 billion dollars in developing countries every year, placing tourism in the top five export income-earning categories for 83% of developing countries.  In the US, tourism revenue was $503.7 billion in 2016. Because of tourism’s economic impact, governments and private foundations award grants to protect and enhance the resource base on which tourism depends. Following are three grants to help fund tourism needs in the states and abroad.


Economic Development Assistance Programs

This program is broader than tourism, but it can help support efforts that boost tourism in U.S. communities. Grants from programs through the U.S. Economic Development Administration assist communities in infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development to help alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment in economically-distressed regions. Rehabilitation of historic properties is an eligible activity if there is significant job creation. Rural and urban municipalities and non-profits hoping to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions are eligible to apply. Proposals and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Bob Whitley Memorial Fund

Bob Whitley had a tourism career spanning 40 years and was integral in creating Tourism Cares, which supports tourism throughout the world in many ways. When Mr. Whitley passed away, donations for Tourism Cares led to the creation of the Bob Whitley Memorial Fund. The fund continues to support groups that Mr. Whitley cared about, including the Honorary Rangers Program at Table Mountain National Park in South Africa and the Bruce Beckham NTA Mentoring Program.


This worldwide escorted travel company is also dedicated to preserving and restoring North and South American tourism sites. Since 2004, this foundation has awarded more than $250,000 to help sites such as Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska and Freedom Trail Association in Boston. Last year, the group targeted “American Icons” for its funding. Awards have not been announced for the 2017-18 year. Watch the web site for new program announcements.

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Grants for Domestic Violence Assistance

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

According to the Mary Kay Foundation, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Organizations across the country are working together to reduce that statistic. Following are some grants that can help such organizations.5645164344_1d072fab2f_m.jpg

U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has several grant solicitations currently open for grants to assist with domestic violence needs. Application deadlines vary, with most due in February and one due in March. Also located on the website linked above is a schedule of the Office on Violence Against Women’s proposed grant solicitation dates for 2018. This calendar would be a helpful tool to plan for upcoming applications.

One of the grants available now is the Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies. This grant is a two-pronged grant opportunity. The first portion of this grant funds comprehensive projects that serve children and youth who are victims of or are exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking. These grants are available to non-profit and governmental entities. The second part of this grant supports projects to engage men and boys. Non-profits or municipalities that create effective public education campaigns to encourage men to work as allies with women and girls are eligible to apply. These campaigns should help prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking. The deadline for this grant is Feb. 15.

Domestic Violence Shelter Grant

The Mary Kay Foundation provides funding for the creation and support of domestic violence shelters across the country. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to more than 150 women’s shelters. A grant is awarded yearly to at least one shelter in every state that applies. Remaining funds are distributed based on each state’s population. Applications are available now until April 30.

Purple Purse

Finances often play an important role when victims of domestic violence are considering leaving their abusive relationship. This organization’s Moving Ahead Grant Programs help non-profits assist survivors in building financial independence by addressing their unique financial needs. This grant awards money to state domestic violence coalitions to provide financial empowerment programs for domestic abuse survivors. The program funds four project areas: financial literacy, microloans, job readiness and job training, and microenterprise. In 2016, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million to state domestic violence coalitions through grants ranging from $45,000 to $75,000. The request for applications will be released in July, with applications due in August.

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Grants for Outdoor Education

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 16:01 PM

One of the latest and greatest trends in experiential learning,
outdoor education inOutdoor Ed.jpgcludes any education that takes place in and teaches about the natural world. Whether your school or non-profit seeks to fund an outdoor conservation education program, a wilderness survival curriculum, or an outdoor art education initiative, there are many grants available to fund such outdoor education projects.

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

Each year, the National Environmental Education Foundation offers a variety of grants in many outdoor fields, including environmental and conservation education, outdoor volunteering initiatives, and outdoor recreation programs. The NEEF grants funds to a variety of organizations, especially educational institutions and other non-profit organizations. Grant award amounts typically range from $1,000 - $20,000.

Youth Outside

Youth Outside funds non-profit organization programs that connect youth with the outdoors. This program prioritizes culturally-relevant programs for underrepresented youth and also focuses largely on conservation education programs. Youth Outside awards approximately 30 grants each year of between $15,000 and $20,000 each.

Cabela's Outdoor Fund

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grants funds to non-profit organizations that focus on outdoors advocacy, education, conservation, and philanthropy. Cabela’s prioritizes funding for hands-on outdoor learning and self-led outdoor education, with particular emphasis on outdoor education in the following three areas: camping, fishing, and hunting and shooting. Cabela’s Outdoor Fund accepts funding requests on a quarterly basis. This Fund has donated over 10 million dollars to support outdoors-related projects. 

The Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation  

This fund provides support to varied organizations—including individuals, schools, non-profits, and religious organizations—that provide “education and adventure through activities in the outdoors.” This organization primarily funds smaller institutions rather than large schools and companies. Since the Foundation was established in 2002, it has awarded grants to 53 different recipients.

Ready to get started finding, applying for, or managing a grant? We are here to help no matter where you are on your grant journey. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.
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