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Environmental Grants for Schools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 @ 17:08 PM

Reading, writing, and 'rithmetic. That old educational motto has environment3been amended in modern times with STEM, STEAM, Common Core, and more. Schools are teaching a wide variety of subjects these days, one of which is environmental issues. Environment-related topics could range across recycling, climate change, sustainability, and many others. Below are a few grants that could assist your school in funding these environmental programs.

Captain Planet Foundation

U.S. schools are eligible to apply for these grants that range between $500 and $2,500. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30. Fundable projects must be performed by youth and have real environmental outcomes. The foundation awards grants in hopes that the money will be used to provide hands-on environmental opportunities for youth, serve as a catalyst to get environmental-based education in school, and inspire community service through environmental stewardship activities. Preferential consideration is given to requesters who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. If the Sept. 30 deadline is coming too quickly, the foundation has a second deadline of Jan. 31.

Hot Planet Cool Athletes

Grant money from this organization wants to ensure the next generation is educated about climate change and its ramifications for the future. Fundable projects must be student led and must take action against climate change. Examples of projects funded last year include a school-wide compost system, building stationary bikes to power electronic devices in a school, creating a new school recycling program, and creating a grassroots community-wide effort to ban plastic bags. This fund has two deadlines: Aug. 31 and Jan. 15. One grant of $5,000 is available during each proposal period. In addition to winning funding, at the end of the year a representative from the top two winning proposals will be selected to travel to Washington D.C. to share the projects with Congressmen and other elected officials.

Green Thumb Challenge Grant

What better way to impact the environment than to update your school garden? The Green Thumb Challenge Grant program will help you do just that. The Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company is providing a funding opportunity to help established school gardens. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of youth garden programs in United States K-12 schools. Grants of $250 will be awarded, and applications are due Sept. 30.

Alternative Fuel Foundation

Any public or private K-12 school or associated parent group is eligible to apply for funding from the Alternative Fuel Foundation grant program. Preference is given to programs that promote the awareness and use of alternative fuels or promote the concept of sustainability. Projects that are student led but have parental involvement and/or community support are encouraged. Typical grants range from $250 to $500, though larger grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for this grant is ongoing.

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10 of the Most Money-Giving Private Foundations:

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

dollar sign resized 600When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants.  While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months.  So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals.  Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money. 


10. The PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation supports programs for education and economic development. PNC’s Grow Up Great program has funds set aside for early childhood education. Organizations supporting students in the classroom or community, teacher professional development, and family engagement are specifically targeted by this program. Additionally, the economic development grants support programs to help low-to-moderate-income communities with affordable housing, community development, community services, and community programs for revitalization, stabilization, arts, and culture. Having giving more than $50 million in grant support, the PNC program has shown a commitment to building better communities in the regions it supports.  For a closer look at these regions and an on-line application, visit the Foundation’s website.          


9. Caterpillar Foundation
The Caterpillar Foundation has given more than $55 million in grants since its launch.  This foundation supports programs for women and girls in poverty by “champion[ing] programs that support education, environment, and basic human needs.” Applications are accepted by invitation only, but the Caterpillar Foundation works with the United Way, so contacting your local United Way may be your first step in attracting the attention of the Caterpillar Foundation. This foundation has a “partnership philosophy” and does a lot of grant matching.  Therefore, if you already have some grant funding, you may be able to work with them to get more. The current list of Caterpillar Foundation partners is available on their website.   

    
8. ExxonMobil Foundation
Supporting “math and science education, economic opportunities for women, and malaria prevention,” the ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $72 million in grant support.   $100,000 was given for the 2014-2015 school year to support STEM programs in classrooms with individual grants of up to $4,000 offered.  Teachers, last year’s application was due at the end of September and is still available for you to work from on their website. Plan some proposal writing into your summer break and be ahead of the game when the new application goes up!
 
 
7. Citi Foundation
Focusing on financial inclusion, youth economic opportunities, and urban transformations, the Citi Foundation has given more than $80 million to worthy organizations.  Although this foundation does not take unsolicited grant proposals, your program might benefit from looking into the Pathways to Progress program.  Last year alone, this program helped 24,622 youth and invested $15 million.      
 


6. The Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.
The Coca-Cola Foundation says they are committed to “women, water, and well-being.” In 2013, their grants ranged from $25,000 to over $100,000.  The Foundation takes applications via their online process year-round and reviews them as quickly as possible.  There is no deadline for submission, and no limitation on dollar amount.  A special emphasis is given to programs that support healthy communities.  The Cola-Cola Foundation has given more than $100 million dollars to programs around the world.  


5. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
According to their website, “In 2013, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $210 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 44 countries around the world.” The JPMorgan Chase Foundation supports programs providing workplace development, financial capability, small business development, and community development. In order to apply for a grant you must first submit your letter of inquiry stating your mission and explaining who and where your project serves.  Grant applications are accepted year-round and are broken down by region.   

 

4. GE Foundation
GE Foundation focuses on health, education, and disaster relief. Through its gift-matching program, the GE Foundation has given away more than $1 billion in the last 60 years.  Although the Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, it does work with current or former employees, as well as with The United Way.  You may want to consider whom you know when thinking about this possible grant matching program.
 
 
3. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is working for stronger neighborhoods, a better-educated workforce, and support of basic human needs by helping programs that teach financial stability and create better money habits. This Foundation has invested $2 billion over 10 years toward this goal. Currently two applications are available: Housing—community development (applications accepted April 20-May8); and Hunger—basic human services (applications accepted July 20-August 7). Act fast and submit your application on time.  

    
2. The Wal-Mart Foundation
In 2013 alone, the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in charitable donations globally. The Wal-Mart Foundation accepts proposals for small, local grants as well as for large, more comprehensive grants. The foundation’s focus areas are: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and career opportunities. Grant awards range from $250 to several thousand dollars.  Grants for 2015 are being accepted now through December 31, 2015 and will be reviewed in May, July, October, and January.  Grant applications are available on-line.       


1. Wells Fargo Foundation 
Wells Fargo Foundation is proud of its charitable abilities, and rightly so: “In 2014, we donated more than $281 million to 17,100 nonprofits and surpassed our $1 billion philanthropy goal three years early.” Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in almost every state in the U.S. Each state has a different set of guidelines to be followed when seeking a grant, but they all have commonalities.  Wells Fargo Foundation supports programs in housing, education, the arts, the environment, and civic services. In order to apply for a grant, check your state’s requirements online and contact your local Wells Fargo store for information.     


Foundations are ready to support worthy programs, so work to make your program stand out above the rest.  That’s where we can help. We work with you to find the grant that’s right for you, develop grant proposals, and more.  Contact TheGrantHelpers.com to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.   

 

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Grants to Fund Summer Youth Programs

Posted by Mary Ross on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Summer school, summer camp, summer programs? What summer situation are you in need of funding? With the school year coming to a rapid end, many parents are looking for activities to keep their kids busy for the summer months, and many foundations are looking to support SummerProgram resized 600organizations that can make this happen.  Time is running out on getting grant funding for this summer, so here is a sampling of the grants you should know about.

 

State Farm Youth Advisory Board: Service-Learning Grants 

State Farm is accepting applications now through May 1st for grants of $25,000 to $100,000 that address one of its chosen key areas.  Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, environmental responsibility, and arts and culture and just a few of these areas. If your summer program helps struggling students, or is centered on the environment or the arts, give these categories a look.  Each of these is described on the website, and an online application is available now.

 

The American Honda Foundation

Awarding grants of $25,000 to $75,000 at a time, the American Honda Foundation is accepting online applications from non-profit groups and schools. Generally concerned with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, Honda is specifically looking to fund programs “which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative.” Organizations can submit applications at any time, but only one application can be submitted per 12-month period. This is a national program hoping to achieve long-term benefits.    

 

The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation

Will your organization’s summer work have a national impact? Look into an MEAF grant.  The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation is accepting applications until June 1st.  MEAF prefers to support programs that teach leadership skills and help youth with disabilities. Six to 12 grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are given a year.  "EcoChanges," a program that gives youth with disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities, is one that MEAF has funded in the past.  Take the “grant eligibility quiz” on the website to see if your organization should apply.

 

The Captain Planet Foundation 

The Captain Plant Foundation funds as many small project grants, between $500 and $2,500, as its yearly resources allow.  With rolling deadlines throughout the year, Captain Planet grants are awarded to schools and non-profit organizations for student-led, project-based environmental programs. Organizations can apply online now. Captain Planet funds projects that get kids involved in protecting the earth and using its resources.  In addition to supporting garden programs, The Captain Planet Foundation even puts on its own Earth Day Celebration for kids in its local area of Atlanta.

 

Where will your organization get its funding this summer? If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your group, contact TheGrantHelpers.com. We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

 

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Grants for Environmental Projects

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 @ 15:01 PM

In 2010, the City Council of Asheville, North Carolina adopted a goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 20% over five years. They adopted a broad range of ienvironment2nitiatives with the largest project replacing all 9,000 of the city’s street lights with energy efficient LED fixtures. Of the 17 environmental projects totaling over $10 million in project costs, over half were funded through grants. . For example, the community used funding from The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program from the U.S. Department Energy for phase one of the street light project. The grants totaled over $4 million, 42% of the city’s total costs In the end, the community is expecting to save over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide just by changing the street lights. Additionally, the environmental projects will also save the city millions of dollars in energy reduction.  

Asheville is just one example of a community focusing on energy savings and protecting the environment. If your municipality or non-profit organization is hoping to do the same, check out these grants below. 

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

The Environmental Protection Agency offers this grant program for local environmental and public health issues in a community. The deadline for this fiscal year is January 9 so it may be prudent to begin planning for next year. The main goal of the program is to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental risks, especially issues involved in climate change. Underrepresented communities, small and/or impoverished, are favored in this program. Maximum grant award is $30,000.  

Wells Fargo Foundation

This bank foundation has two environmental grant programs. One program, Environmental Solutions for Communities, puts the focus on environmental concerns in communities. This program includes sustainable agriculture, forestry, water quality, land conservation, and support for building health ecosystems.  Municipalities as well as non-profit organizations and public school systems are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted from September through December each year. The second program, Clean Technology and Innovation, hopes to partner with universities, colleges, labs, and entrepreneur accelerator programs to develop new clean and innovative green technologies. This is an invitation-only program, though you can send an email to be considered for a formal invitation if you have a worthy topic in mind. Both programs favor projects that can involve Wells Fargo employee volunteers, as well as projects that deliver long-term, measurable results.  

Patagonia Foundation

The Patagonia Foundation wants to support local environmental groups taking on a local issue. Eligible entities must be able to produce measureable results with specific goals, objectives, and action plans. Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply. One priority area for this foundation is protecting and restoring native fish populations and their habitat. Other environmental projects, such as protecting wildlife, restoring watersheds, defending forests, and more, are also funded. Applications are accepted twice a year, before April 30 and Aug. 31. The maximum grant award is $12,000.  

Energy Foundation

The Energy Foundation supports six different grant programs. The Buildings Program aims to increase the efficiency of homes and businesses to reduce carbon emissions and utility bills. The Climate Program funds projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Organizations wanting to help move toward cleaner, more affordable source of energy should apply to the Power Program.  The Public Engagement Program seeks to build support for clean energy and strong climate policies. Projects focused on transportation efficiency and clean fuels can be funded through the Transportation Program. The final program, Energy Foundation China, is available only to Chinese organizations. Projects must be larger than a local community, so it is recommended that neighboring communities or several entities partner together. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The Foundation strongly encourages first-time grant seekers to send in a Letter of Inquiry before submitting a full application. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Grants awarded in 2014 ranged from $10,000 to $3 million.

 

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Grants as American as Apple Pie

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 16:07 PM

The Fourth of July conjures thougUS_Grantshts of backyard barbeques, complete with all things as American as apple pie: hot dogs, potato chips, corn on the cob, s’mores, soda pop, and more. In the spirit of celebrating the United States’ Independence Day, TheGrantHelpers.com has put together a blog that highlights a select few foundations of the U.S.’s largest household names. Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

PepsiCo Foundation

The PepsiCo Corporation includes brand names such as Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay, and more. According to its website, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have donated over $600 million in cash and products to qualified nonprofit agencies since 2005. These donations are most often awarded to agencies that work in the environmental, educational, civic, arts, and health and human services sectors.

Strategic priorities include human sustainability, environmental sustainability, and talent sustainability. Awards are made globally. Specific information on the foundation’s grants and deadlines are not published on its website. However, you can visit PepsiCo’s Global Citizenship website to contact them if you are interested in learning more about PepsiCo grants or if you are interested in learning more about their specific programs.

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses on several initiatives, including the following:

  • water stewardship, to support access to clean and sanitary water;
  • healthy and active lifestyles, to promote exercise and physical well-being.
  • community recycling, to increase litter reduction, recovery and reuse, increase community awareness, and support research
  • education, to support scholarships, drop-out prevention, and other education initiatives.

Additionally, the foundation supports student scholarships in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Pacific. It also supports HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.

To learn more about the Coca-Cola Foundation and how you can apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.

The Ford Foundation

According to its website, the Ford Foundation assists organizations that focus on “reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.”

In order to apply for a grant, applicants should read through the various initiatives and find one that is most relevant to their work. There is an online Grant Application Guide and application that can be submitted online. You can learn more about the Ford Foundation’s grant application process on its website.

The General Motors Foundation

The General Motors Foundation supports education initiatives, particularly those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The foundation also supports youth programs that give students “hands-on experiences that further their environmental studies and cultural experiences within their communities.”

To learn more about the foundation or apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.

The Hershey Foundation

The Hershey Foundation specifically funds organizations for children of Northeast Ohio. The foundation meets twice a year to review and approve grants. There is no formal application form. Instead, applicants must submit specific documents, including a one-page cover letter summarizing the proposal and requested amount of funding; the applying organization’s mission, history, and services provided; a current list of officers, directors, or trustees; and several other documents. For a full list, visit the Hershey Foundation’s website. The next round of proposals is due February 1, 2015.

Procter and Gamble (P&G)

P&G supports hygiene education and illness prevention around the world. The corporations looks for grants that align with the following:

  • “Providing the comforts of home… the everyday essentials that help create the experience of home for families who can’t afford them or who have been displaced.
  • Supporting hygiene education and everyday healthy behaviors that help prevent illness and improve confidence.”

Grant application cycles are July 1-September 30 and from December 1-February 28. To learn more about P&G grants, including whether or not your program qualifies, visit the P&G website.

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the U.S.’s favorite brands. TheGrantHelpers.com has an expert staff and can help your organization find funding from some of the thousands of potential grant agencies. This Independence Day and always, you can depend on us to assist your organization in any part of the grant process. Contact us today for a free consultation, and again, enjoy your 4th of July.

 

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