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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.


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Grants for Energy and Environment

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 21:10 PM

Below we have gathered three grants that focus on energy and environmental causes.

  Insider Tip: Check local utility companies for specific state and local energy grants  

Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation has an environment grant program that is twofold. The climate an9669084653_5b5d01b333_m.jpgd energy grant program, which is available globally, includes a focus on clean transportation. The foundation also offers a western conservation grant program focusing on land, water, and energy in the western United States and Canada. In both programs, the vast majority of grants are made to organizations that work with police developments. The Hewlitt Foundation provides general operating support in addition to project support. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry followed by a full proposal if the letter is accepted. In July, Trout Unlimited was awarded $4 million for the Western Water Project and Land Conservation Initiative. Letters of intent are accepted year-round.

Patagonia

Patagonia is interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of environmental problems and commit to long-term change. Priority is given to organizations that have strong citizen support. The aim is to give support to local groups protecting local habitats through original actions. It is through those local efforts that Patagonia hopes to illuminate and solve more complicated issues. This foundation likes to “fund groups off the beaten path.” Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Grant amounts normally range from $5,000-$20,000. Grants are accepted twice yearly: April 30 and Aug. 31.

REAP

This United States Department of Agriculture grant program is called the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funding provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants are agricultural producers and small businesses in certain rural areas. Funds may be used for renewable energy systems or the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements. Renewable energy system grants range from $2,500-$500,000 and energy efficiency grants can be $1,500-$250,000. Applications are accepted year-round.

 


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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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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.

 

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October is National Energy Awareness Month - Find an Energy Grant!

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

(written by Carol Timms, Educational Grant Strategist)

Energy Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month. Did you know that there are energy incentives available for nearly every sector of our economy? The IRS allows deductions and tax credits for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many states have deregulated their investor-owned utilities and require utilities to provide rebates for energy improvements. Check with your local utility company to learn how you might benefit.

There are also grants available from governmental entities and private foundations for energy research, energy improvements, and energy education. Schools will find that energy education is an excellent fit in STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.

For example, this month, Energize Connecticut will present Global Energy - The Musical. This
entertaining musical is based on writings and songs of students from Connecticut, the Kingdom of Jordan, and Rwanda. Students were asked to submit their views on the complex scientific issues surrounding energy and conservation. Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.

Utilities such as Dominion Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company offer energy education grants to schools in their service territories.

Other organizations, including the Department of Energy, offer free classroom and interactive materials. 

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Environmental Grants Support "Being Green"

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

As Kermit the Frog would say, it’s not easy being green. It’s not cheap either. Being environmentally friendly and educating others on how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle can be costly in the short run, but there are numerous environmental grant programs with millions of dollars to help offset such costs. Some grants focus on education, while others focus on environmental clean-up, etc. Here are just a few environmental grants that are currently available. If you would like help finding more grant opportunities that meet your organization’s unique needs, we can do that. Check out our list of services.

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education Regional Grants

According to the EPA, this grant program will “support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens … for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques … and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.”

Ten grants of up to $216,000 will be awarded, one per EPA region, for a total of approximately $2,160,000 in funding. Local educational agencies, colleges, universities, state education or environmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for this grant 

For more detailed information, see the EPA’s full solicitation notice.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2012

 

Green Grants

EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program

The EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports projects that emphasize the agency’s priorities: reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste disposal sites; protecting America’s water; expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice; and building strong state and tribal partnerships.

In order to be eligible, an organization must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Incorporated, nonprofit, community-based organization (includes faith-based or religiously affiliated institutions)

  • Federally recognized tribal governments

  • Tribal organizations

Organizations that are typically eligible for nonprofit grants (e.g., colleges, universities, hospitals, state and local government entities) are not eligible to apply for this grant. However, the EPA strongly encourages eligible parties to partner with these non-eligible organizations.

The EPA predicts that between one to five grants will be awarded per region. Grants are awarded in amounts of up to $30,000, and a total of approximately $1,500,000 will be awarded through this grant. The EJSG Program is highly competitive. According to the EPA’s press release, only 50 out of 200 applications were funded in the 2012 competition.

For more information, see the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program website.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013

 

More Environmental Education Grants

Across the United States, there are countless electric and energy companies that supply consumers with energy sources. Another place to look for energy education or other energy-related grants is with your local energy company. For example, if you live in Illinois, Ameren Illinois is one electric company that offers grants. Ameren Missouri customers are eligible for Ameren Missouri grants. Doing some research in your local energy companies could be well worth the time investment. If you do not have the time, or you would like us to find these opportunities for you, contact a grant helper today.

 

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