Grants, Awards, and Contests

Funding for your community and environmental education programs.

MEEA Environmental Educator Grant

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.

2020 Grant Timeline

  • Proposal Due: November 15, 2020
  • Notification: December 31, 2020
  • Funds Available: Upon notification
  • Report Due: August 1, 2021

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    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


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Grants and Awards

Upcoming deadlines

Upcoming deadlines

  • The Pollination Project
    The Pollination Project is offering a grant of $1,000 per day every day this year to individuals with a plan to make a positive difference in their community. Environmental projects are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Annie’s Garden Grants – Deadline: November 2nd 2020
    Grants for edible gardens that can be accessed by kids.
  • 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.
  • MEEA Environmental Educator GrantsDeadline: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant – Deadline: December 1, 2020
    $300 for 10 classrooms, grades 3 through 6.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • EPA’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators – Deadline Feb. 19, 2021 The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award, which includes $2500 for the educator and $2500 for the educator’s local education agency.
  • World of 7 Billion video contest – Deadline Feb. 25, 2021. The World of 7 Billion video contest challenges students to think critically about some of the planets most pressing issues to and to come up with solutions. Students are asked to share what they’ve learned and their solution ideas in a 60-second video. Participating teachers receive free curriculum resources from Population Education, and over 80 cash prizes of up to $1,200 will be awarded to student winners.
  • Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture in the Classroom mini-grants – Deadline May 31, 2021. Competitive mini-grants that allow teachers to purchase materials and fund activities to share the message  of agriculture in the K-12 classroom. Individual teacher awards: $250. Multiple teacher groups: $500. Funds disbursed Summer 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.
Community Foundation of the Oarks COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

This fund is for agencies that provide services such as childcare, needs of seniors and other high-risk individuals, food insecurity, transportation and physical and mental well-being. The initial funding for this commitment is provided by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ unrestricted grant program, Missouri Foundation for Health and the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation managed by Commerce Trust Company.

  • The CFO serves communities within the state of Missouri south of the Missouri River and outside the metro areas of St. Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson City.
  • Learn more about how to apply for funding OR to donate at
  • If your school is in the CFO service area and already works to address food insecurity among students, this would be a good fund to consider.
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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Makeover – Deadline: January 15, 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.
  • Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators – Deadline: January 15, 2020
    This program recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Criteria: innovation (25 points), student achievement (15 points), service to community and underserved populations (20 points), leadership (15 points, integration (10 points), teaching materials (10 points), letters of support (5 points).Two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regional offices will be selected to receive this award.
  • Sierra Club Climate Justice League Fellow – Deadline: January 17, 2020
    The Climate Justice League is a 10-week organizing fellowship for high school and college-aged young people who are ready to make a difference! Through this program, students learn key organizing and leadership skills, meet other youth activists from around the country, and take action for climate and social justice. 2020 Fellows will complete the fellowship February through March with a culminating action on or near Earth Day 2020.
  • New York Life Foundation’s Aim High Grants – Deadline: January 24, 2020
    One and two-year grants aimed at after-school and summer learning programs for Middleschool students. Four two year grants $25,000 and $50,000 and ten 1 year grants of $15,000.
  • Fund for TeachersDeadline: January 30, 2020
    Full time pre-K-12 teacher with at least 50% contact time with students. Up to $5000 for travel, degree completion, certification, professional development, etc.
  • Missouri Agribusiness Academy Deadline: February 1, 2020
    The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as farm families, throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2017 Missouri Agribusiness Academy – a competitive program for sophomores interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers.
  • Educator Academy in the Amazon RainforestDeadline: February 1, 2020
    Formal or non-formal educator committed to bringing the Amazon experience back to their teaching. $1250 scholarship to the Academy.
  • Vernier Software and Technology FellowshipDeadline: February 1, 2020
    AP and HS Environmental and Biology Educators. Fellowship award covers all Educator Academy in the Rainforest Program fees (air not included). Fellow will partner with the Morpho Institute and Vernier to establish a long term field study in the Peruvian Amazon with direct connections back to HS classrooms. $2695 scholarship to the Academy.
  • NOAA-21st CCLC Watershed STEM GrantDeadline: February 6, 2020
    Through Watershed STEM Education Partnership grants, grantees will work with 21ST CCLC site partners to incorporate essential elements of NOAA B-WET’s “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences” (MWEEs) into out-of-school time programming. Applicants may apply for a total request of $40,000-$100,000 ($20,000-$50,000 per year of implementation.) $20,000 per year of implementation is the minimum that may be requested for partnerships with a single 21ST CCLC site.
  • ExploravisionDeadline: February 10, 2020
    U.S. EE Savings bonds $10,000 for four teams, $5000 for four teams, all expense trips to DC for finalists. K-12 students of all interests and abilities working in teams of 2 to 4 to study a technology of interest and predict what it will be like 20 years from now. Teams submit web pages showing future of the technology. Sponsored by Toshiba and NSTA
  • Gro More Good Grassroots GrantDeadline: February 14, 2020
    Awards provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth. Winners will be selected based on their commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of their garden program including plans for growth and future fiscal stability. 150 awardees will receive $500, and 25 award winners will receive $1000.
  • Project Learning GardenDeadline: February 15, 2020
    Project Learning Garden provides gardens, materials, professional development, and capacity-building support valued at $3,000 per school (non-cash) for schools desiring to incorporate a school garden into youth nutrition education and cafeteria practices.
  • Live Deliberately Essay ContestDeadline: February 15, 2020
    Youth 14 to 21. 750 words maximum. $250. Contestants younger than 17 need adult sponsor. Consider the different meanings of a quotation from Thoreau.
  • World of 7 Billion Video Contest Deadline: February 27, 2020
    Create a short video about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Sustaining Water Systems, Ensuring Economic Opportunities, Improving Climate Resiliency. Cash prizes up to $1000.
  • Do Your :Bit, a Digital ChallengeDeadline February 27, 2020
    A new BBC micro:bit challenge for children and teens ages 8-14 to combine creativity and technology in solutions for the Global Goals. Submit a paper prototype or computer code to share your team’s idea about how to address SDGs 14 and 15 (life below water and life on land).
  • Young Eco-Hero AwardDeadline: February 28, 2020
    Young people 8 to 16 years who carry out a self-initiated innovative and original project for environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.
  • Swantz Family FoundationDeadline: March 1, 2020
    Up to $5,000. 501 (c) (3) organizations actively working to reconnect young people to the natural world.
  • Biomimicry Youth Design ChallengeEnter the contest by March 1, 2020, Submissions due April 1, 2020
    Middle and high school teams of 2-8 students apply biomimicry to address social or environmental issue related to climate change. Cash prizes for 1st ($1000), 2nd ($750), and 3rd ($500) place.
  • Clean Tech Competition 2019 Challenge: Solving Climate ChangeDeadline: March 13, 2020
    Finalists win prizes of $1000 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.
  • MPF Prairie Garden GrantDeadline March 15, 2020
    Gardening and other conservation groups, parks, schools, and other entities are invited to submit proposals. Expected to fund three grants with a maximum of $800 each. Those with smaller projects are encouraged to apply as well. Gardens must be available to the public and must incorporate native prairie species (not cultivars).
  • Glade Leadership Academy for Diverse EcosystemsDeadline: March 27, 2020
    GLADE is an all expenses paid, immersive week of conservation education and leadership development open to students entering the 10th through 12th grades. This year’s camp dates are June 21 to June 27.
  • Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Project and Fish Migration Art AwardsDeadline: March 31, 2020
    For students grades K – 12. Students paint or draw their state fish (the Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus in Missouri – but any state fish can be selected)or a North American fish selected from the contest’s list of migrating fish and write an essay about the fish’s habitat, physical characteristics and behavior.
  • MO DNR NO MO Trash AwardDeadline not noted on website
    Awards for schools for students in each category K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Entries judged on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo. $200 first place award (for the school) in each category, $600 grand prize.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Rolling or multiple award dates

Rolling or multiple award dates (but may require 3 or more months of lead time)

  • NEEF Restoration & Resiience COVID Recovery Fund – Deadlines: Dec. 1,  Feb. 1, April 1, June 1                                                                        Up to $2500 to be spent over a 6 month period for public lands sites that: Demonstrate the need for volunteer service to restore public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic; Engage volunteers in restoration and conservation projects that address the impacts of the pandemic; Contribute to improvement of the sponsored public land sites through community engagement, as evidenced by volunteer participation numbers, types of projects, value of volunteer service, and conservation outputs.

  • Clif Bar Family Foundation – Deadlines: Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 1
    Funding priorities include: Protect Earth’s beauty and bounty. Create a robust, healthy food system. Increase opportunities for outdoor activity. Reduce environmental health hazards. Build stronger communities. Grants can be awarded for general organizational support or for special projects.

  • Honda Foundation – Deadline: Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1
    The American Honda Foundation was established to help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education. Nonprofits and school districts are eligible. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000 to be used in one year. For more information visit  ​
  • ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative Program
    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:
  • The Lawrence Foundation – Deadlines: April 30th and October 31st
    This private family foundation was founded in 2000 and has since awarded over $4.5 million to charitable organizations around the US. Their funding priorities focus on projects that are related to the environment, human services and disaster relief. Guideline can be found here   Application:
  • MDC Community Conservation Grants – Grant applications available June 2020, 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.
  • MDC Community Archery Grant – Funding cycle runs on a fiscal calendar beginning July 1.
    Reimbursable grant of up to $5000 for developing or increasing activity in recreational archery shooting within a city, town, or county.


Youth Opportunities


  • President’s Environmental Youth AwardDeadline Feb. 19, 2021Apply or encourage a student you know to apply for PEYA and see what a difference they can make for the environment with an award-winning project. Applicants are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national Presidential award. Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that participation in the PEYA program is frequently a life-changing experience for many of the young people and their project sponsors.
  • World of 7 Billion video contest – Deadline Feb. 25, 2021. The World of 7 Billion video contest challenges students to think critically about some of the planets most pressing issues to and to come up with solutions. Students are asked to share what they’ve learned and their solution ideas in a 60-second video. Participating teachers receive free curriculum resources from Population Education, and over 80 cash prizes of up to $1,200 will be awarded to student winners.


St. Louis

Discontinued Grants
  • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow – No update on 2020 submissions
    A share of $2,000,000 in technology and prizes for your school. Public schools. Are you and your students innovative? Do you think you can use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to help solve an environmental challenge in your local community? Apply for Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest and become eligible for the Environmental Sustainability Innovation Award, in which your school can win an additional $50,000 in Samsung technology!
  • National Wetlands Awards – December 20, 2019 (no 2020 date)
    For individuals, not organizations or agencies. 800 words for short form nomination.
  • NSTA/Seaworld Environmental Educator of the Year (NSTA) – Deadline: No 2020 info
    U.S. residents. The award recognizes schools (elementary, middle school, high school and college) and individuals (youth, adult and educator).
  • Youth Garden Grant – Not happening in 2020 … but may come back
    $1000 for the top 5 programs. School and non-profits that are developing new gardens or expanding existing gardens for at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18.


Freecycle and Wish List Sites

Freecycle and Wish List Sites 

Other grant websites
Regional Grant Sites

Kansas City

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.Find a variety of donor-advised funds serving the Kansas City region.

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