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Grants, Awards, and Contests

updated March 13, 2020

Grants and Awards

Upcoming deadlines


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


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  • American Water Environmental Grant Program. March 26, 2018. Up to $10,000 for projects that address source water or watershed protection, be new or innovative, or be a significant expansion, involve 2 or more organizations, be sustainable, involve the community.
  • UL Innovative Education Award. February 21, 2018. 501 (c) (3) organizations serving K-12 children and youth using ESTEM to advance EE or vice versa. One $100,000 grant; Two $50,000 grants; Two $25,000 grants. Phase 1 applicants should submit materials that show strong evidence of how their program advances innovation in the field of E-STEM in three areas - advancing STEM learning through research and investigation, promoting citizenship and social responsibility, tackling real environmental problems.
  • Smuckers Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes. Deadline March 11, 2018. $500 to $15,000 cash award towards a school garden. School Administrators or Food Service Directors.
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education. Deadline February 8, 2019. Grants between $2000 and $5000. For schools. For capital improvement projects like gardens, trails, art displays, student-parent centers that have a lasting impact on a school.
  • Social Media in the Classroom Grant. Deadline December 3, 2018. K-12 or college teacher (school must be in NCES Data Base) $1000. Essay or video on how you want to use social media in the classroom.
  • Student Conservation Corps & Congress. Regional Summits info coming soon. While suspending and revisioning the national training in 2019, Sc3 is moving to a 1-3 day Regional Summit model. Information coming soon about the opportunity for students to attend intensive skill-building trainings designed for regional networking and collaboration to address challenges and become leaders in sustainability. medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
  • Get to Know (the Outdoors) Art Contest. Deadline November 1, 2018. Children and youth under 18. The Contest invites you to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Get Outdoors and “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours”.The goal is to be as creative as possible. For inspiration, check out some of the amazing programs offered by our partners. Then, get outdoors and get to know! Submit your work for a chance to win cool prizes (art supplies, cameras, camcorders, books, fishing prize package.
  • Every Day Capacity Building Grants. Deadline November 5, 2018. Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their organizational capacity to serve public lands.
  • Electricity Match Energy Lesson Plan Grant. Deadline October 12, 2018. $500. K-8 Teacher employed full-time at public, private, charter or magnet school for the 2018-2019 academic year. We are looking for creative approaches for communicating energy concepts to elementary and middle school students. The range of topics eligible for grant consideration is very broad and is not limited to a science curriculum. Art, economics, math, social science, and consumer science are examples of other fields suitable for energy education.
  • Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl Competition. Registration Deadline Registration August 1 to October 12, 2018.
  • Cedar Tree Foundation. No 2019 grants. $20,000 to $100,000. Organizations that provide professional development opportunities for teachers around environmental problems.
  • KEEN Effect Grant. Registration opens November 21 -
  • Environmental Curricula Grants: Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation. Deadline October 2, 2018 for pre-proposal. Up to $1500 for organizations to do environmental education with youth.
  • Green Works Grant. Deadline September 30, 2018. Maximum award is $1000. Applicants must have attended a Project Learning Tree Workshop, project must involve service learning, allow for students to make the choice, have at least one community partner, and must have 50% in matching funds.
  • Electricity Match National Scholarship Essay Contest. Deadline May 31, 2018. $1000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or documented legal residents. Applicants must be high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college attending for the 2018-2019 academic school year. How would you encourage energy conservation without consumers viewing it as sacrificing comfort?
  • Shaw Nature Reserve Photo Contest. March 1 to March 31, 2018. Family Membership to the MO Botanical Garden. Nature%20Reserve/PDFs/1%20PhotoContestFlyer_PDF.pdf
  • NEEF Every Day Capacity Building Grants. 2018 Rolling Deadlines April 23, July 17, November 5. 501 (c)(3) nonprofits in existence at least 2 years, whose mission is focused on serving a public land site (not schools) for building organizational capacity - assessment, strategic planning, board development, communications, finance, fundraising, volunteer recruitment/training -
  • Captain Planet EcoSolution Grants: Deadline Cycle 2 due July 15, 2019. Schools and 501 (c) (3)s. Range $500 to $2500. Support for solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.
  • Captain Planet EcoSolution Grants: Deadline July 15, 2019. Apply for 1 of 4 resource kits for educators just getting started with project-based eco-learning. These custom-curated and designed collections of lessons and materials facilitate STEM learning and using the environment as a context for applying knowledge.
  • Captain Planet EcoTech Grants: Deadline Cycle 2 due July 15, 2019. Schools and 501 (c) (3)s. Using tech to solve environmental problems
  • Wild Ones Seeds for Education. Deadline October 15, 2018. Teachers and students across the US are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits. By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills – including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.
  • Project Green Challenge. Deadline October 1 to October 30, 2019. High school and college students. Environmental themed daily challenges in October to mobilize youth; posting blogs, photos, videos, and using social media to share experiences; prizes for each day equivalent to ~$100 related to conscious living.
  • 8th Annual Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest. Deadline October 31, 2018. Missouri State Park Getaway Package worth $500. Photo must be from one of Missouri's 87 State Park and Historic Sites. Categories include Making Memories, Capture the Beauty, Discover the Past, Fun on the Water, Where are You? (Selfie).


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Kansas City

  • KC Water Quality Small Grant Opportunity. Deadline January 4, 2017. 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. Letter of Intent February 15, Application March 15, 2017. 501 (c)(3) organizations or schools for innovative environmental projects from a Kansas City area organization with an established capacity to carry the project out.
  • Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency. April 13, 2018. KC Metro area, 501 (c) (3) organizations in Kansas or Missouri, up to $5000 for energy efficiency education activities on adoption of energy efficiency measures in the residential sector.






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