Finding funding to support environmental education can be a real challenge, and identifying applicable grants can be a hassle. To help you kick-start the process of getting your classroom project off the ground, we here at Bay Backpack have identified some great grant opportunities that are about to fly by. Be sure to note the submission deadline or cycle opening dates, and good luck with your applications!
Do you teach 6-12 science or math? Do you have a wish list of instructional equipment that will make learning more exciting for your students? If the answer is yes to these questions, Toshiba America Foundation would like to hear from you. Grade 6-12 grant applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. Grants requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $5,000 are due August 1st and February 1st each year.
Youth Service America and Learn and Serve America are looking to support middle school middle school educators in STEM subject areas in engaging their students in a Semester of Service. The $5,000 grant (that includes travel and training at YSA’s Youth Service Institute in Philadelphia in October) supports teachers and afterschool program facilitators as they engage local partners and guide students in addressing local needs through planning and implementing sustainable service projects that launch on Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). YSA is seeking middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth, so to apply your schools must be located in one of the 19 states with highest dropout rates. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, these include Delaware, District of Columbia, and New York. Application Deadline: August 8, 2011
Through the Mini Grant Environmental Education Program, the Trust seeks to increase student awareness and student involvement in the restoration and protection of the Bay and its local streams and rivers. Grant requests can be made for up to $5,000 for funding Watershed Education Experiences and Program, Service Learning and Action Projects, or Professional Development Workshops and Curriculum. The Mini Grant Environmental Education proposal decisions will no longer be made on a rolling basis. Application Deadlines: August 12, 2011, and January 13, 2012 (5 p.m. on all deadline dates)
Learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences. As part of the program, each Target store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K—12 schools nationwide—enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. Each grant is valued up to $700. The Application Cycle opens on August 1, 2011.
These grants are intended to serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Grants are limited to $2,500 and preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program. Application Deadlines: September 31, 2011 and December 31, 2011.
Do you know about an upcoming grant that could support environmental education that is not included on this list? Feel free to share relevant funding information by commenting on our blog!