Environmental Education in Kentucky
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The following grants are listed in order by application deadline and grouped by month due. Plus, don’t miss continuing opportunities located in the “ongoing section” at the end.

March 2015


   
EPA's Environmental Education (EE) Local Grants Program supports locally-focused EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship through designing, demonstrating, and/or disseminating environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Apply by March 6, 2015.

   
This spring, KidsGardening.org and Jamba Juice will award 60 "It’s All About the Fruit and Veggies" gardening grants in two cycles. The grant provides youth garden programs with gardening supplies, curriculum, and funding for soil amendments and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Apply by March 6, 2015.

   
In partnership with Mantis, the National Gardening Association will select 25 gardens to receive a Mantis tiller/cultivator. Apply by March 6, 2015.

   
Federal funds are available to send middle school science teachers to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's two-week Summer Institute this July. Applications must be submitted through the school district or private school administration; applications from individual teachers will not be accepted. Apply by March 13, 2015.

   
The National Marine Educators Association is offering scholarships to attend its annual conference this summer in Newport, RI. Apply by March 15, 2015.

   
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and public libraries for $500 mini-grants to fund projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2015.

   
The Braitmayer Foundation funds a broad range of K-12 education programs, with particular interest in curricular and school reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers. Grants up to $35,000 are available. Apply by March 15, 2015.

   
Teams of middle and high school life science teachers are invited to apply for this two-week field experience at the La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. Apply by March 31, 2015.

April 2015


   
This eight-day course provides educators with a thorough understanding of science-based conservation and land management techniques, and the supplies needed to pass this knowledge on to their students. Teachers should apply for course sponsorship to their local Safari Club International chapter. Applications are accepted until sessions are filled.

   
The American Birding Association offers scholarships to help young people attend bird-related summer camps, workshops, training programs, conventions and other activities. Apply by April 1, 2015.

   
High school biology teachers can enter for a chance to win a scholarship to attend "Inquiry in Rainforests: A Field Course for Teachers" this summer in Costa Rica. Apply by April 7, 2015.

   
Grants of $750 are awarded to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers to support participation in Earth science classes or workshops, attendance at professional scientific or science education meetings, participation in Earth science field trips, or purchase of Earth science materials for classroom use. Apply by April 15, 2015.

   
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation's Academic Enrichment Grants are designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve learning for students from low-income households. Grants of up to $10,000 per year are awarded for a maximum of three years, provided eligibility requirements continue to be met. Apply by April 15, 2015.

   
The Captain Planet Foundation, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, is awarding 16 grants of $2,500 each to schools or non-profit organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Apply by April 30, 2015.

   
Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide funding to strengthen the effectiveness of public lands friends groups. These grants help fund projects such as staff and board training, fundraising, and technology and website development. Apply by April 30, 2015.

   
The National Storytelling Network is looking for storytelling projects from various fields, including environmental education. The grant provides $5,000 to support a model storytelling project that is service-oriented and increases understanding of how storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities. Preliminary proposals due April 30, 2015.

   
Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? Voya Unsung Heroes (formerly ING Unsung Heroes) could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund innovative class projects. Apply by April 30, 2015.

May 2015


   
Dollar General's Youth Literacy Grants provide funding up to $4,000 to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Apply by May 21, 2015.

   
Rising 9-12th grade students, school faculty, and staff who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their schools or communities, are invited to apply to become a U.S. Green School Fellow. Financial aid is available on an as-needed basis. Nominees are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of acceptance as admission is on a rolling basis.

September 2015


   
The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants of up to $2,500 to school and community groups to support hands-on environmental projects. Applications are accepted twice a year. The next deadline is September 30, 2015.

October 2015


   
The Herb Society of America is accepting applications for its Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant. Public and private school teachers of grades 3-6 with a minimum class size of 15 are eligible to apply. Apply by October 1, 2015.

Ongoing


   
The Karma for Cara Foundation is encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, they want to hear what project you’re passionate about. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

   
U.S. students ages 13-22 who are going abroad to volunteer or study in a developing country are encouraged to apply for an international service-learning mini-grant of up to $300. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

   
As part of Annie's commitment to school gardens, the company created the Annie's Garden Funder on CrowdRise to empower schools and like-minded friends to raise money for school gardens.

   
Schools that receive a honeybee observation hive agree to run an annual fundraiser selling Bee Cause Honey to help pay for the ongoing care of the bee family they have adopted and for the installation of honeybee observation hives at other schools.

   
The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community and health/medicine. Letters of inquiry are accepted year-round.

   
Community Recycling KIDS is an environmentally conscious textile recycling program that collects clothing, bags, belts and shoes you no longer need. These materials will be recycled for reuse around the globe. Community Recycling is founded on the principle that we are People Recycling for People.

   
The World We Want Foundation promotes and supports youth making positive social change in their communities and around the world. The Foundation works with and through the partner organizations and mentors that applicants provide, helps young people design and conduct meaningful social action projects, provides micro-grants to support projects, and more.

   
The Bank of America offers grants that support high-impact initiatives, organizations and the development of visionary leaders. Schools with farm-to-school programs may be eligible under the areas: (1) assisting with food access and/or (2) developing career leadership and skills. Requests for proposals are issued three times per year.

   
The Bush Fellowship is an opportunity for individuals to increase their capacity for and improve their practice of leadership, while working with others to solve tough problems in their communities. Applications accepted three times per year.

   
The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants to organizations that advocate for environmental health and justice, encourage stewardship of the environment, and further respect for sustainability of resources. The average grant amount is $10,000. Applications accepted year-round.

   
Costco Wholesale grants support programs focusing on children, education and health and human services. They look to achieve the greatest impact where Costco’s employees and members live and work. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, which meet their giving guidelines and focus areas, are considered. Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis.

   
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation accepts proposals for research projects and educational initiatives for developing tools that promote awareness or increase knowledge of the solid waste industry. Awards are generally up to $500,000. Pre-proposals are due by 5 p.m. each May 21 and October 1.

   
The LEGO Children’s Fund provides grants primarily in two focus areas: (1) early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity and (2) technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities. Typical awards are between $500 and $5,000. Applications accepted four times a year.

   
The National Wildlife Federation's tree bank program provides free trees to schools, youth groups and nonprofit organizations. Apply by January 31 for spring planting dates (February-May 10) and by September 21 for fall planting dates (October-January).

   
Shoe recycling is a simple way for your organization or school to make money. ShoeBox Recycling will pay $.50 per pound for paired, secondhand shoes. No shipping costs!

   
Through its National Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation awards grants of $250,000 and above to non-profit organizations that operate on a national scope through chapters/affiliates in many states around the country or through programs that operate regionally/locally but seek funding to replicate program activities nationally. The Foundation accepts program ideas year-round using the Letter of Inquiry format only.

   
Westinghouse provides grants to nonprofit programs that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, environmental sustainability, and community vitality. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for programs located not more than 100 miles from a Westinghouse site. Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed four times per year.

   
The current rate of funding for science proposals in the U.S. is about 20%. The #SciFund Challenge is an experiment – can scientists use crowdfunding to fund their research? It is also a way to get scientists to directly engage with the public. Crowdfunding forces scientists to build public interaction and outreach into their research from day one.

   
Campus Progress works with youth-led community and campus groups on various issues, including the environment. Young people can join an Action Alliance with Campus Progress by applying for an organizing grant of up to $1,500 a year to help with websites, fliers or anything else they might need. Organizing grant applications are accepted year round.

   
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) and Dreyer's Fruit Bars are planting orchards across the country in a collaborative program called "Communities Take Root," and your town could be next! They invite your community to apply for this exciting opportunity to grow fresh fruit, beautify neighborhoods, strengthen relationships and build community food security—all through the simple act of planting fruit trees.

   
The EarthEcho Water Planet Challenge Grants of $2,000 are available to middle and high school public educators to support service-learning programs that improve the health of the planet. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed three times per year.

   
“Fruit Tree 101” is a program that creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition.

   
FundingFactory is a free program where schools, non-profits, and charities earn points that can be redeemed for cash or products by recycling their empty printer cartridges, cell phones, laptops, and other small electronics.

   
The NiSource Charitable Foundation funds nonprofit organizations focusing on learning and science education, environmental and energy sustainability, community vitality and development, and public safety and human services. Eligible organizations must have a direct impact in a NiSource service area.

   
The Norcross Wildlife Foundation provides support to local grassroots organizations throughout the United States that work to protect wild land. Grants are available for public education and outreach materials. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

   
The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation supports grassroots organizations and movements in the U.S. working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

   
When children’s lives are filled with play, we all benefit: our communities will be healthier and happier today, and our society will be stronger and more resilient tomorrow. KaBOOM! offers a number of community-built playground grants to empower friends and neighbors to collaborate for a common cause – to bring play to their communities. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

   
The Simply Organic 1% fund supports and promotes the growth of organic and sustainable agriculture. One percent of sales on all Simply Organic spices, seasonings, flavors and mixes goes to support organic agriculture — through research, education and grower development.

   
If your school has a Do Something Club that is working on social action projects in your community, you're eligible to apply for a $250 Do Something Clubs Grant. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on the last day of every month.

   
Awesome Food, a chapter of the worldwide Awesome Foundation, is accepting grant applications to further food awesomeness in the universe. Applications are reviewed as they are received. One grant is awarded each month.

   
Need some funding for your crazy brilliant idea? The Awesome Foundation awards $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler. Deadlines are rolling.

   
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a grassroots public health effort to engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. The program's goal is to fund and award 6,000 salad bars over the next three years. Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible. Applications accepted throughout the year.

   
Public school teachers who register their classroom at the Adopt-a-Classroom website can be adopted by an individual, business or foundation. Once adopted, teachers will receive credit to purchase items that enrich the learning environment, including classroom technology.

   
The International Paper Foundation supports non-profit organizations in communities where its employees live and work. Environmental education is one of the primary areas the Foundation supports. An online application process routes applications to the appropriate local facility for consideration. Contact your local facility for submission deadlines.

   
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas supports projects in biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, environmental justice and environmental education. While proposals are accepted all year, ideal timing is during the first quarter of the calendar year.

   
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grants program to help bring aquarium fish or small pets into PK-8th grade classrooms. You can obtain a grant or coupon for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets. Applications accepted year-round.

   
Get "seed" money for your school! Two different fundraising programs for schools from Renee's Garden and the Seed Savers Exchange.

   
The Cedar Tree Foundation makes grants in the following areas of concern: environmental education, environmental health and sustainable agriculture. Particular consideration is given to proposals demonstrating strong elements of environmental justice and/or conservation within the program areas listed above. Letters of inquiry accepted year-round.

   
Your school will receive credit for any type of ink or toner cartridges that are not visibly damaged. You may also receive credit for qualifying small electronics, such as cell phones and MP3 players.

   
Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have a transformative experience of leading positive social change. When the team is ready to launch, Youth Venture offers seed funding up to $1,000, guidance, tools and support, and a supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers.

   
Eligible schools may apply for up to $4,000 to help increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. The grants can be used for a variety of activities, tools, materials, student and staff incentives, staff development, and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 program implementation. Applications accepted four times per year.

   
The Lawrence Foundation is a private, family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, education, human services and other causes. Applications are open to any organization that meets the grant guidelines. Grants are awarded every June and December.

   
The Northrop Grumman Corporation supports communities, projects and organizations, particularly where its employees live and work, with financial, in-kind and volunteer resources. Grants are awarded to accredited schools and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for projects focused on education and the environment, among others. Applications accepted anytime though the company's website.

   
Young people age 25 and under who are working to start a community action project or program are eligible to apply for a $500 Do Something Seed Grant. One winner is chosen every week. No deadline.

   
The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities served by the Gannett Company. Priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, youth development, community problem-solving and environmental conservation. Applications considered twice a year: February 15 and August 15 (some areas may have earlier deadlines).

   
The ING Foundation awards grants of $2,500 to $100,000 and more to non-profit organizations. The Foundation focuses on financial literacy, children’s education, diversity and environmental sustainability. Grant requests are reviewed quarterly.

   
The Kinder Morgan Foundation supports nonprofit youth programs focused on education, the arts, and the environment. Grants range from $1,000-$5,000. Application deadlines are the 10th of every other month, beginning in January.

   
The MeadWestvaco Foundation seeks to provide leadership for advancing research, education and public dialogue on public policy issues of special interest, such as the economy, regulation and environmental stewardship. Proposals for grants are accepted throughout the year. Grants range from $250 to $10,000.

   
The Office Depot Foundation awards grants to support activities that serve, teach and inspire children, youth and families, and to support civic organizations and activities that serve community needs. Grants range from $50 to $3,000. Applications are reviewed year-round.

   
These grants support health, including food security and improved nutrition; environment, including water security, sustainable agriculture, and adaptive approaches to climate change; and education, including access to education and training for the underserved and women's empowerment. Requests up to $100,000 are accepted year-round.

   
These grants seek to strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening Friends Groups through funding for organizational capacity building. Applications are accepted April 30 and October 30 every year.

   
The Verizon Foundation awards grants to K-12 schools to increase literacy and educational achievement levels. Proposals are considered from public and private elementary and secondary schools registered with the National Center for Education Statistics. Unsolicited proposals are reviewed on a continuous calendar year basis, from January 1 - October 14.

   
WaysToHelp.org invites teens in the U.S. to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas, including the environment. Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis. Grants up to $500 are awarded.

   
Recognizing that healthy, thriving communities depend on involved citizens, organizations, and corporate partners for momentum, Waste Management lends its support and services to programs related to environmental education, the environment and the community. Applications accepted year-round.

   
Orchards are donated where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, such as community gardens, public schools and parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. Fruit Tree 101 grants for public schools only. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

   
The Norcross Wildlife Foundation supports grassroots organizations in the U.S. working to protect wild land. Grants averaging $5,000 are provided primarily for program-related office and field equipment and public education and outreach materials. The Foundation also provides no-interest loans to acquire land prioritized for conservation. Applications may be submitted at any time.

   
The USDA has programs throughout its operations that can assist farmers, help consumers access nutritious foods, and support rural community development. This page lists several programs and grants to assist those involved in local food systems, food and nutrition-related community development and farm to school programs.

   
The Wal-mart State Giving Program seeks to support organizations with programs that align with its mission to create opportunities so people can live better. The Foundation has four areas of focus: Education, Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity, Health & Wellness, and Environmental Sustainability. Minimum grants are $25,000. The submission deadlines are April 17 and September 18 each year.

   
Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc. and the Toyota USA Foundation support programs in education, environment and safety. Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Eastern Kentucky PRIDE is please to announce the availability of Environmental Education Grant Applications for the 2009 school year. Each organization can apply for up to $3,500 for environmental education projects such as: outdoor classrooms, butterfly and wildlife habitat development, wetlands, woodlands/arboretum, aquaculture, horticulture/agriculture projects and watershed studies relevant to the region. The application can be downloaded at www.kypride.org. Grant applications must be post marked by April 30, 2009. For more information contact Jennifer Johnson at the PRIDE Office at 888-577-4339 or jjohnson@centertech.com

   
The Annenberg Foundation focuses its grantmaking on education and youth development; arts, culture, and humanities; civic and community; animal services and the environment; and health and human services. Letters of inquiry that address these interests are accepted throughout the year.

   
Competitive grants are available to not-for-profit, grassroots organizations in the U.S. that facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. Only proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations are considered. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time.

   
Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. The maximum award is $2,000. Only 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000 are eligible. The deadlines for submission are February 15 and August 15 each year.

   
K-12 teachers who develop or apply science, math and technology may qualify for a grant of up to $250. Grants may be used for demonstration kits, science supplies, math and science software and other materials to help make science, math and technology come alive in the classroom. Grants will be considered in November, January and April.

   
Grants up to $5,000 are available to help improve academic achievement by engaging students in critical thinking and problem-solving, deepening their knowledge of standards-based subjects. Practicing teachers and education support professionals in U.S. public schools and faculty and staff at public institutions of higher education are eligible. Applications reviewed February 1, June 1, and October 15.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is pleased to offer a limited number of transportation reimbursements to offset the cost of busing students to our facility in Georgetown for field trips. This program supports Toyota's commitment to Science and Technology education, and is particularly designed to promote hands-on environmental education.

   
The National Education Association offers grants to public education teachers and support staff to participate in high-quality professional-development experiences. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Applications are reviewed three times per year: February 1, June 1 and October 15.

   
The purpose of the Anne Stamm Avian Education Fund is to educate Kentucky’s youth in regard to its avifauna and to build an interest therein. Teachers in Kentucky public or private schools are urged to apply. Fund projects could easily relate to Kentucky Core Content in science and math.

   
Each business day, 4imprint gives a worthy organization $500 in promotional products to spread the word, recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need or in some other way turns one thing into something much more.

   
Environmental Education Centers may be eligible for a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). (Federal Agencies and for-profit institutions are not elegible.) The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

   
Young people ages 18-25 are eligible to apply for grants to pursue research, exploration, and conservation-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including the Committee for Research and Exploration, the Expeditions Council, and the Conservation Trust. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

   
The Fund for Wild Nature provides "small grants to small groups who get things done." The fund provides money for campaigns (including development of citizen science endeavors) to save and restore native species, biological diversity and wild ecosystems. Most grants awarded in the past ranged from $1,000-$3,000.

   
The Campus Ecology program is helping transform the nation's college campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society, while training a new generation of environmental leaders. The program awards fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students who desire to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. The maximum grant request is $3,000.

   
Digital Wish offers over 50 different grants for digital camera hardware and software. To apply, register your classroom at Digital Wish and enter a lesson plan. All teachers who submit a lesson plan will be automatically entered to win a mobile digital camera lab, plus as many as 50 technology grants. Grants are awarded the 15th of every month.

   
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation's grant categories are: Adult Literacy, Back-to-School, Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program, Family Literacy, Summer Reading, and Youth Literacy.

   
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation supports public education, community improvement projects and home safety initiatives in the communities it serves. Primary philanthropic areas are community improvement projects and public education (priority is given to K-12 public schools). Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000.

   
Grants from Toshiba America Foundation fund projects, ideas and materials math and science teachers need to innovate in their classrooms, specifically projects designed by one teacher or a small team of teachers to use in their own school. Application deadlines are based on grant amount.

   
The American Honda Foundation awards grants up to $75,000 to youth education programs focused on STEM and the environment. Applications are accepted four times per year — February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.

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