It is early September in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and that means if you are a teacher you are either already back to school or are getting ready to go back. With lesson plans to create and new students to work with, this is a very busy time of year for you.
As you get back into the swing of things this fall, be sure to keep funding in mind! To save you some time and to help support your Chesapeake Bay, environmental, and outdoor education-related activities and projects, we have assembled a list of grants with application deadlines in September and early October. Check them out below, and good luck with your applications!
President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative on April 16, 2010. One of the overarching themes of this initiative is to offer opportunities to engage young people with the outdoors. In support of these goals, the National Environmental Education Foundation, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management are launching this grants program to catalyze efforts to increase the number of youth who build a connection with public lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering. Approximately $243,000 in funding is available to support grant awards in the range of $2,500 to $20,000. Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities on public lands, and focus on education, recreation, and/or environmental stewardship. Application Deadline: September 19, 2012
The Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $5,000 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Application Deadline: September 20, 2012
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. Application Deadline: September 30, 2012
These grants are intended to promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Funding will be awarded to non-profits, schools, and community-based environmental and educational organizations, and preferential consideration is given to requests seeking funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. On occasion, grants of up to $2,500 may be awarded. Application Deadline: September 30, 2012.
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee Grants (Virginia Only)
The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee accepts grant applications to conduct Chesapeake Bay-related education and restoration activities. This year under the subjects of environmental education, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals related to (1) supplementing and enhancing environmental training for educators; (2) expanding environmental educational opportunities and the use of existing educational resources (curricula, publications, field studies) in schools and community programs for students, teachers and adults; (3) increasing the involvement of students and the public in Bay restoration activities; or (4) increasing public support for Chesapeake Bay restoration by purchase of Chesapeake Bay license plates. Preferences will be given to environmental education and action-oriented conservation and restoration projects within Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay watershed. These grants are funded with monies from the sale of the special Chesapeake Bay license plate, Friend of the Chesapeake. This year $371,841 in grant monies will be awarded to eligible applicants. Application Deadline: October 1, 2012 by 5:00 pm EST
Do you teach in an elementary school classroom? Do you have an idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom? K-5 grade teachers are invited to use Toshiba America Foundation’s short application form to describe a set of lessons or a hands-on project they would like to introduce in their own classrooms. Any K-5 teacher in a public or private (not-for-profit) school is eligible for a grant to support science or math education up to $1,000 for project materials only. Application Deadline: October 1st, each year.
Looking for more funding opportunities? Take a look at this shortlist of funding sources that have deadlines this October and November!