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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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Environment, Energy, and Green Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 22:07 PM

9008930211_abe410ef85_q.jpgIn this blog we’re sharing three grants that will help fund projects and programs related to the environment and energy.

Partners for Places

Applications are now being accepted for Partners for Places grant program. You have until July 31, 2017 to apply to this matching grant program. Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Fundable projects will help build a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of community members. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. A Partners for Places grant recipient from last year turned an abandoned golf course into an urban garden.

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation focuses on environmental projects through U.S. schools and youth organizations. Grants from this foundation are intended to:

  • provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth.
  • serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools.
  • inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

Fundable programs must be project-based and must be performed by youth. U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million are eligible to apply. Grants awarded are between $500-$2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. There are two deadlines annually: Sept. 30 and Jan. 31.

Rural Energy for America Program

This United States Department of Agriculture program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. State, local, and tribal governments, land-grant colleges or universities, rural electric cooperatives, and Resource Conservation and Development Councils are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments. The maximum grant award is $100,000 per year. Applications are accepted year round at local USDA offices.


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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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Three Ways to Justify Grants for Bike Lanes

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 14:01 PM

A municipality wants to add bike lanes to several stretches of local bikeroadways. Local funding is limited so the decision makers want to explore possible grant opportunities. Finding grants that specifically fund bike lanes is the obvious place to start. However, there are several different ways to validate the need for bike lanes.

Think of all the different benefits that might result from the bike lanes.  Each one of them can turn into a potential funding avenue.  The bike path might help all citizens be healthier.  It might do good things for the environment. It might further the cause of bicycling in general.  By way of example, below are funding sources for each of these approaches.

 

Possible funding theme: Health and Wellness

Even a relaxing bike ride at 10 mph will burn 281 calories, according to NutriStrategy. Thus, adding bike lanes to a community will provide a safe way for people to get exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Applications to health and wellness agencies could include statements from local health and wellness experts about the chance to increase exercise opportunities with the addition of bike lanes. One available grant for this funding theme is from Aetna. This grant program supports projects that identify causes of obesity and potential best practices for addressing obesity, specifically the impact of our neighborhoods and on the “built environment” for promoting population health and weight loss. Grants that serve under-served, low-income, and minority communities will receive special consideration. Specific dates for the 2015 grant cycle have not been released yet though it is expected applications will be accepted beginning in April. Awarded grants will total either $25,000 or $50,000.

Possible funding theme: The Environment

With dedicated bike lanes, community members may be more likely to ride their bike to work or to run errands. That would mean more cars are left parked in the garage, thus reducing the impact on the surrounding environment. Grants that support environmental projects or aim to reduce pollution would be another great theme for the construction of bike lanes. The Energy Foundation would be a great resource for this subject. The Climate Program, The Public Engagement Program, and the Transportation Program, all through this foundation, would be possible avenues for funding. 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.

Possible funding theme: Bike Lanes

Never overlook the obvious. Bike lanes can be funded by grantors looking to increase bike traffic and bike projects. The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program would be a great place to start. This grant program provides funding for projects that encourage bicycling in communities across the country, specifically bicycle infrastructure. Non-profit organizations, city and county governments, or state and federal agencies working locally are eligible to apply. PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. The maximum grant award is $10,000. The spring grant cycle ends soon, on Jan. 30. Don’t fret. The next grant cycle begins June 15.

 

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