Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As cities dye rivers green and adults enjoy green beverages, we at TheGrantHelpers.com also can’t stop thinking about the color green--specifically, going green and taking the burden off of the environment. Municipalities can use green initiatives to save money on everything from transportation to heating and cooling costs. Schools can use recycling programs, energy efficiency programs and bike-to-school days to educate students about going green. Additionally, there are non-profit organizations whose sole goal is to create awareness and establish programs that protect the environment and natural resources. We have found several grants to help cities, schools, and non-profits fund these important projects.
This matching grant program aims to fund local projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of community members. Cities and counties across the United States are eligible to apply. A grant recipient last year turned an abandoned golf course into an urban garden. 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. Each funding round has different sustainability or green priorities. Requests for Proposals are released twice a year, with the next one available in June.Global Greenpants Fund
This environmental fund supports grassroots organizations that otherwise would not have access to funding. Environmental challenges such as climate change, ocean conservation, freshwater, biodiversity conservation, and a variety of other like causes are funded by this grant fund. Over 5,000 local projects have been supported. The average grant size is $4,800. This group currently does not support unsolicited proposals. Thus, creating a relationship with the fund’s advisor is the beginning of the process to solicit funds. For tips on how to do this, see our blog article.Green in Action Award
K-12 classrooms can apply for a $250 award from the Green Education Foundation. This award recognizes projects or programs that encourage sustainability in schools and classrooms. If you need inspiration, the GFF website has ideas for potential projects. Each year, a winner receives $250 for the class, and severl runners up each receive $100. Last year’s winner was Ivy Academy in Tennessee. The school created a Live Green project that created awareness for energy conservation in the local community. Applications will be reviewed for creativity, educational value, potential for sustainability, and replication.
Many state energy offices provide grants to local governments, non-profits, and schools to support a wide range of energy and environmental programs. Contact information for State Energy Offices can be found at the NASEO website.
Energy and environmental education is a powerful STEM/STEAM topic. Schools interested in grants for energy and environmental education would be well served to present their request to funders interested in STEM. Examples include 3M and the Toyota USA Foundation.
Funds for energy improvement projects are often available to schools and municipalities through utility companies and foundations. As an example from our home state, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation offers funds for energy efficiency, renewable, and the protection of natural areas.
TheGrantHelpers.com have experts in helping schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations find, apply for, and win grant money. If you would like to talk to one of our Grant Helpers, contact us today. The first consultation is always free.
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