Grants, Awards, and Contests

Funding and recognition for your community and environmental education programs.

**NOTE: Frequently updated lists of various funding opportunities are below the MEEA Mini-Grant information.

 MEEA Environmental Educator Mini-Grant

MEEA began a mini-grants program in 2013 that has provided support to a wide variety of environmental education projects–from school gardens to life jackets to raptor cams.

These grants are open to any Professional MEEA member, whether a formal or non-formal educator, except for members of the board. MEEA will award eight grants annually (spring and fall cycles) of $250 each to purchase materials or supplies for advancing environmental or sustainability education. Awards will be made to the recipient’s school or organization.

Debby Barker supports two of MEEA’s mini-grants per year in honor of her late husband Lou Clairmont (1942-2019). Lou was passionate about conservation and very active in the Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, and he could often be found outside enjoying nature. We are grateful to Debby for honoring Lou’s memory by supporting environmental education projects throughout Missouri. Thank you, Debby, for helping us increase the number of mini-grants we can provide each year.

Fall Grant Timeline (4 Awards)

  • Proposal Due: EXTENDED!! Hurry and contact us before they’re all awarded!
  • Notification: October 3, 2022
  • Funds Available: Upon notification
  • Report Due: October 3, 2023

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    • With your Professional Membership you’ll get a year’s worth of e-blasts and monthly newsletters full of environmental and education news and resources.  You’ll be first to hear about MEEA-sponsored events, and you’ll be helping us spread the word to others! Your membership contributes to environmental education throughout Missouri. As we grow our Professional membership base, we grow our ability to provide more mini-grants!

Information you will need for the application

      1. Audience you plan to reach
      2. How the audience will be different as a result of your efforts
      3. How you will know you have been successful in changing your audience
      4. Your budget

 

Past Grant Recipients

Grants and Awards

Upcoming deadlines
  • MO State Parks Bus Grant ProgramDeadline: May 15, 2023, for field trips planned for the 2022-2023 school year (July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
    Bus grants assist schools and nonprofit organizations with the transportation expenses of field trips and outdoor learning opportunities at Missouri state parks and historic sites. Bus grants have been made available to Missouri schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations throughout the state.  The Bus Grant Program grant round is currently open and accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. These are noncompetitive grants that are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants. https://mostateparks.com/page/94781/missouri-state-parks-bus-grant-program

 

  • Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District Waste Reduction Grants Small Project initial applications due 9/12/22 (optional); final applications due 10/7/22.  Large Project initial applications due 11/14/22; final applications due 1/11/23.  This grant program provides financial assistance to cities, counties, non-profits, businesses, schools, and individuals which will:
    1. Develop new or improved programs that will reduce the creation of solid waste; or
    2. Create new markets or improve existing markets for recovered materials; or
    3. Improve the handling of items banned by Missouri law from landfills.

    Applicants must operate within Region H:
    Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, or Osage County  mmswmd.org/grants

  • Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program — Application deadline Sept. 15, 2022. Award date is Oct. 2022 and must be completed by May 1, 2023.  The Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program, funded through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, awards grants for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture. The Urban Agriculture grant encompasses projects that may include introducing a new crop or product to an area, or expanding the use of or adding value to agricultural products.For a grant application or more information about the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant visit https://agriculture.mo.gov/abd/financial/urban.php

  • Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant — Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2022.  Ten grants in the amount of $300 are available. Elementary classrooms grades 3-6 with fifteen students or more may apply for a grant to establish an herb garden. In addition to plants, the funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plants trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. https://www.herbsociety.org/get-involved/grants-scholarships/
  • 2023 Budding Botanist Grant — Applications due Sept. 6 – Oct. 14, 2022.  The Budding Botanist grant will help our youngest students learn about plants, explore their world, and inspire them to take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems. In 2023, twenty schools across the country will be awarded $1000 each in grant funding.  https://kidsgardening.org/grant-opportunities/
  • Bell’s Brewery – Grassroots Grant Cycle 2022 Focus Area- Water Stewardship (Small Grant Guidelines) – Applications accepted from August 15 to October 15, 2022 Grassroots grants ranging from $500 to $5000 on projects that strengthen and protect ecosystem health and biodiversity, or improve use of water resources for the protection and benefit of public health and frontline communities, or promote resiliency and adaptation in the face of climate-related water risks. https://bellsbeer.com/grassroots-grant-cycle/
  • The Renewal Bee Grant, Whole Kids Foundation — Deadlines: Oct. 15 and Oct. 31 (see website).  The Bee Grant program allows for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational bee hives, so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system. https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/honey-bee-hive-grant

  • American Chemical Society ChemClub Community Activities Grants Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2022.  Community Activity Grants support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by providing funds for service projects or improving science learning experiences. Chartered ChemClubs are eligible to receive up to a $300 Flinn Scientific gift card. Community activities done in collaboration with ACS Local Sections, ACS Student Chapters, or other ChemClubs are eligible to receive up to a $500 Flinn Scientific gift card.  https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding.html?selectedPage=2 

  • International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest Application deadline: November 1, 2022.  The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Committee invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2023. We’re looking for anyone, 9th grade (age 14) or older, interested in participating in our annual ICAW Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week 2022 which will be held May 1 -7, 2022. $500 prize.  POSTER THEME: “For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!”  https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW/ICAW-Poster-Contest
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Application deadline: Draft applications due Oct. 19, 2022.  Final packet due Nov. 16, 2022.  Grants are open to any city, county, and public school for building playgrounds, pools, water parks, shooting ranges, fishing facilities, trails, passive areas, etc. up to $500,00 per project, with minimum 50% match in funds.  http://mostateparks.com/page/61215/land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf-grant
  • Sand County Foundation- School Grants- Deadline to apply is November 18, 2022.  The competitive grant for pollinator habitats gives Midwestern students hands-on experience growing native wildflowers and establishing habitat for insect pollinators and monarch butterflies.  High school teachers can get up to $1,000 to support pollinators, courtesy of the Sand County Foundation.  https://www.midwestfarmreport.com/2022/09/11/teachers-can-apply-for-1000/

  • Community Action Grants — Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2022.  Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as community-based nonprofits for innovative programs that promote education and equity for women and girls. Since 1972, AAUW has provided support to hundreds of communities across the United States.Grants must have direct public impact, special consideration to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. https://www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/current-opportunities/community-action/

  • 2023 Youth Garden Grant – Application due Oct. 17- Dec. 2, 2022.  Since 1982, the Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. In 2023, fifty programs will receive award packages consisting of a cash prize and a variety of gardening tools and supplies.  https://kidsgardening.org/grant-opportunities/
  • National Science Teachers Association Awards & ProgramsDeadline: Most nominations/applications due on December 21, 2022.  NSTA Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their accomplishments and outstanding work in the science education field. More than $60,000 in cash and prizes is available yearly. NSTA offers 15 award programs, designed for all grade levels, and awards that recognize informal educators, researchers, engineering educators, new teachers and more. https://www.nsta.org/awards-and-recognition-program#tab

 

Grants with Multiple Award Dates or no Deadlines
  • Clif Bar Family FoundationDeadline: February 1st, 2022, June 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022
    Provide small grants to groups that demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level and promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.
    https://cliffamilyfoundation.org/grants-program
  • The Pollination Project –No deadlines; May apply any time!
    The Pollination Project offers a grant every day to individuals with a plan to make a positive difference in their community. Environmental projects are encouraged. They have given out a grant every day since 2013. https://thepollinationproject.org/pre-screen-quiz/
  • Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Initiative Program — No deadlines!
    This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement related project which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few. Environmental groups and organizations as well as publicly and privately owned off-road trails are all invited to apply for the grant. Along with the grant, ExtremeTerrain will provide industrial strength trash bags for collection of any debris. ​For more information and to apply: https://www.extremeterrain.com/clean-trail-initiative-program.html
  • Bass Pro Shops GrantsNo deadline/ Rolling Support
    Support conserving wildlife and habitat, connecting new audiences to the outdoors, and strengthening communities in the Missouri Ozarks. https://about.basspro.com/community/support/
  • MDC Community Conservation GrantsGrant applications available in July, evaluated quarterly.
    Practices eligible for funding must promote urban habitat and include land management activities necessary for habitat restoration, native plant establishment, terrestrial and aquatic habitat enhancement, exotic species control, and staff training for natural landscape management. Applications from schools and school districts must identify a full-time staff member as project manager. The maximum request for grant awards is $50,000.00.
    https://mdc.mo.gov/community-conservation/community-conservation-funding-opportunities
  • National Forest Foundation Matching Awards ProgramDeadlines: January 12, June 22, 2022
    The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. https://www.nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map

Kansas City Region

  • KC Water Quality Small Grant Opportunity. MARC, on behalf of the Water Quality Public Education Committee annually requests proposals from individuals and community groups to implement educational activities, events or projects designed to promote actions that will improve water quality in the Kansas City area. The Committee wants to continue its focus on educating citizens about stormwater as a primary source of water pollution and about actions that individuals can take to reduce the amount of polluted stormwater that enters our lakes, rivers and streams. http://www.marc.org/Environment/Water-Resources/Water-Quality-Grants/Overview

 

  • Shumaker Family Foundation. Funding for social justice, education, and environmental justice projects in the Kansas City region, generally in the $10,000 to $40,000 range. http://shumakerfamilyfoundation.org/

 

Central Missouri

Southwest Missouri

 

Youth Opportunities
  • Clif Bar Family FoundationApplications due: February 1st, 2022, June 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022.  Provide small grants to groups that demonstrate strong community ties and operate at the community level and promote positive change through both the projects and their implementation process.  https://cliffamilyfoundation.org/grants-program
  • The Pollination Project– No deadlines!  The Pollination Project offers a grant every day to individuals with a plan to make a positive difference in their community. Environmental projects are encouraged. They have given out a grant every day since 2013. https://thepollinationproject.org/pre-screen-quiz/
  • 2023 Youth Garden Grant – Application due Oct. 17- Dec. 2, 2022.  Since 1982, the Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. In 2023, fifty programs will receive award packages consisting of a cash prize and a variety of gardening tools and supplies.  https://kidsgardening.org/grant-opportunities/

  • ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative ProgramNo deadlines!  This program will provide eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their next trail improvement related project which could range from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, to name a few. Environmental groups and organizations as well as publicly and privately owned off-road trails are all invited to apply for the grant. Along with the grant, ExtremeTerrain will provide industrial strength trash bags for collection of any debris. ​For more information and to apply: https://www.extremeterrain.com/clean-trail-initiative-program.html

Freecycle and Wish List Sites (Teachers will Love These!)
Other grant websites

 

Past the deadline (but plan for next year)

 

Past the deadline–double-check if one is a great fit, as deadline can change from year to year

  • 2022 Water Quality Small Grant Application Deadline for application is May 31, 2022 at 4 pm.
    http://city.kcmo.org/kc/ads/default.aspx
    Search “All categories” and select project: 2022 Water Quality Small Grant Application RFP
    Click on the Attachments button.
    Click on Download to view the PDF of the Small Grants Application.

    KC Water has posted the Water Quality Small Grant Application (WQSG) on our city website. KC Water can provide funding to nonprofits in promoting clean water education to help fund projects and activities related to water quality education, protection, and improvement within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri. Educational outreach projects and activities can take any shape as long as they promote clean water messages

  • TRIM (Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance) Grants Deadlines: application due first Friday of June, 2021
    For government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations, $1000 to $10,000 to fund up to 60% of a project. Workshops to help with projects scheduled around the state. https://mdc.mo.gov/community-conservation/community-conservation-funding-opportunities 
  • 2021 Eddie Bauer One Outside Film GrantDeadline: April 18, 2021
    The 2021 Eddie Bauer One Outside Film Grant will award up to six $10,000 film grants for outdoor filmmakers who identify as part of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. In addition to financial support and promotion of the films across Eddie Bauer channels, we aim to partner with filmmakers to tell stories that help all people feel invited, accepted, and validated in their full range of outdoor experiences. https://www.eddiebauer.com/campaign/one-outside-film-grant
  • Clean Tech Competition 2019 Challenge: Solving Climate ChangeDeadline: April 23, 2021
    Finalists win prizes of $1,000 to $10,000. The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. https://www.cleantechcompetition.org
  • MO Department of Natural Resources Scrap Tire Material Grants — Deadline: April 30, 2021
    Picnic tables and benches from recycled tires and plastic are eligible projects. There are two scrap tire surface material grant offerings being made for the cost and delivery of scrap tire surface material. One is for Playground projects and one is for Non-Playground projects, maximum grants $40,000 and $50,000 respectively. SWMD will provide a letter of recommendation, reach out to MEEA if you need assistance connecting with SWMD. No match required.
    https://dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/tires/tirefinassistance.htm
  • Earth Island Institute Brower Youth AwardsDeadline: May 1, 2020
    Young people ages 13-22 living in North America who have shown outstanding leadership on a project with positive environmental and social impact. $3000, a professionally produced short film about their work, and a trip to the San Francisco Bay area. For conservation, preservation or restoration. http://www.broweryouthawards.org/apply/
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science TrainingDeadline May 1, 2020
    $10,000, Presidential citation and a paid trip for two to Washington D. C. For a highly qualified K-6 grade math or science teacher who has demonstrated outstanding teaching. Recipients must be employed full time by a school or district and must have at least 5 years of teaching experience. https://www.paemst.org
  • National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants.Deadline: June 9, 2020.
    $750 grant for teachers, program directors, school district supervisors and other individuals or groups proposing to improve the education of K–12 students in meteorology may submit an application. Grants can be used to purchase scientific materials and/or equipment, begin new school and/or community science outreach and education, enhance and/or expand existing meteorology/scienc education programs, attend accredited courses, workshops and/or conference related to meteorology. http://app.smarterselect.com/programs/65628-National-Weather-Association
  • MO Conservation Leadership Corps.Deadline: July 10, 2020
    HS Juniors to College must have demonstrated achievement in organized conservation activities through school projects, environmental clubs, 4-H, FFA, Quail Academy, Conservation Honors, Environthon, Stream Team, Scouting, etc. No matter their chosen careers, lawyer, doctor, accountant, engineer, journalist, etc., the CLC participants are prepared to personally influence policy and actions that will contribute to the conservation of Missouri’s natural resources. http://www.confedmo.org/clc/
  • Classroom Technology Grants from Frontier Internet – Deadline: August 3, 2020.
    Looking for a new way to make learning engaging? Eligible K-12 teachers may apply to win $1,000 to use toward the purchase of technology equipment for your students. The contest is open to K-12 teachers who’ve implemented lessons about social responsibility while conducting class remotely. https://internet.frontier.com/resources/education/teacher-grant/
  • Clark Fund – Chichester DuPont FoundationDeadline Letter of Inquiry – August 1, Application – September 1, 2020.
    $15,000 to $30,000 neighborhood. 501 (c) (3) organizations anywhere within the boundary of the U.S. with particular emphasis on programs concerned with the environment, education, health care and social services and to which the Foundation’s giving will play a pivotal role. http://www.chichesterdupont.org
  • Target Field Trip GrantsAs of Sept. 22 it says to check back in 2021
    Up to $700. It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Target Field Trip™ grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants
  • Innovate to Mitigate Challenge Initial Deadline: October 13, 2020
    Students brainstorm a project focus, inspired by the latest scientific innovations featured on the project website. All participant groups submit an abstract and receive feedback to improve and resubmit an expanded abstract. ALL participants then select one of these ideas to investigate, after which they submit a 3-minute video and a short research paper. Students have a chance to win prize money and earn recognition from peers, community and experts. https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/innovate2
  • Budding Botanist – Deadline: October 30, 2020
    Award to support programs teaching environmental stewardship through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. $1000 grants and $200 in supplies. https://kidsgardening.org/2021-budding-botanist-grant/
  • State Farm’s Good Neighbor Citizenship ® Company Grants – September 1 through October 31, 2020
    K-12 public education funding directed toward: Teacher Development, Service-Learning, Education Reform/Systemic Improvement. https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community-involvement/community-grants/good-neighbor-citizenship-grants
  • Annie’s Garden Grants – Deadline: November 2nd 2020
    Grants for edible gardens that can be accessed by kids. https://www.annies.com/grants-for-gardens/
  • International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest – Deadline: November 2, 2020.
    $500 for the overall winner. This year’s participants are encouraged to submit a design that reflects the theme “Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat ” . Categories: Junior (3rd – 7th), Senior (8th-12th), College/Adult. http://compostfoundation.org/ICAW-Poster-Contest
  • MEEA Environmental Educator Grants – Deadline: November 15 2020
    This grant is open to any Professional MEEA member, whether a formal or non-formal educator, except for members of the board. MEEA will award six grants of $250 each to purchase materials or supplies for advancing environmental or sustainability education. Awards will be made to the recipient’s school or organization. http://www.meea.org/meea-grant.html
  • Mid Missouri Solid Waste Management District (MMSWMD) – Deadline: for large grants up to $100K November 27, 2020
    Grant for recycling, composting, waste diversion and waste reduction projects, open to any applicant wishing to pursue projects that reduce the amount of waste going into landfills be that with equipment, facility improvements, education, research, or market development. https://www.mmswmd.org/district-grant-application-guide-and-forms/
  • Excellence in Summer Learning Award  – Deadline: November 30, 2020
    Up to $10,000 for the winner, valuable feedback on programs for all participants, and increased visibility of your program. https://www.summerlearning.org/summer-learning-awards/
  • Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant – Deadline: December 1, 2020
    $300 for 10 classrooms, grades 3 through 6. https://www.herbsociety.org/explore/grants-scholarships/grant-details.html
  • Community Action Grants – Deadline: December 1, 2020
    Grants to women, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations, local organizations. Grants must have direct public impact, special consideration to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. https://www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/current-opportunities/community-action/
  • The Renewal Bee Grant, Whole Kids Foundation – Deadline: December 15, 2020
    The Bee Grant program allows for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational bee hives, so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system. https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/honey-bee-hive-grant
  • NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Makeover – Deadline: December 17, 2020
    The annual Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. The Challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities. Recognition includes a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. https://www.nsta.org/awards-and-recognition-program
  • Food Too Good To Waste Project Challenge  – Deadline: December 18, 2020, projects due April 9, 2021
    Kansas City Regional students, grades 4-12 engage in a project related to food systems. Cash prizes for winning schools. https://foodtoogoodtowaste.com/challenge
  • Coca-Cola/KAB Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program  – Deadline December 30, 2019 (no 2020 deadline info yet)
    Local governments, non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities and other community groups. The 2017 program is expected to award up to 3,000 recycling bins for locations such as streetscapes and playgrounds, athletic fields, fairs and festivals, and college campuses. https://kab.org/grants/coca-cola/
  • Youth Opportunity: EPA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Video Contest for High Schoolers – Deadline Jan 3, 2020
    High school students will create a video (no more than two minutes in length) that teaches people how to spot harmful algal blooms and how to be safe around them. https://www.epa.gov/innovation/harmful-algal-bloom-video-challenge
  • American Chemical Society Professional Development Grant – Deadline: January 4, 2020
    Up to $1,500. For High School Chemistry educators in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory School. For conference or workshop registration fees, travel expenses, tuition and education expenses for new/upcoming courses, books and online instructional resources. http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/hachprograms/acs-hach-professional-development-grant.html
  • Back to School Plastic Challenge – Deadline: January 10, 2020
    Students. Post your story online with the hashtag #CleanSeas and send an email to cleanseas@un.org. https://www.tide-turners.org/AboutUS
  • Teach Earth Fellowship – Deadline: January 10, 2020
    A Teach Earth Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation. Fellows also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site. Travel award value varies by project location. http://earthwatch.org/education/teacher-fellowships/teach-earth-united-states
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