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Grants, Awards, and Contests

updated June 1, 2019

Grants and Awards



Upcoming deadlines


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

  • Cartridges for Kids. Fundraising program, not a grant. Schools eligible to sign up, raise money by recycling used inkjets, toner cartridges, and handheld electronics.
  • Funding Factory. Fundraising program, not a grant. Schools eligible to sign up, raise money by recycling used inkjets, toner cartridges.
  • EcoPhones Recycling Fundraiser. Fundraising program, not a grant. Schools eligible to sign up, raise money by recycling used inkjets, toner cartridges, and handheld electronics..
  • Ways to Help. No Deadline. $500 for students to implement ideas for clean water, land preservation, global warming and recycling.
  • Donors Choose. No Deadline. List your classroom needs and web surfers from all over the country (the world?) can make a donation. Check out the Missouri Teachers who have already posted for ideas at Missouri Classrooms
  • NEA Student Achievement Grants and Learning and Leadership Grants. Applications reviewed February 1, June 1, October 15. Public school K-12 or College/University teachers or support staff. $2,000 for individuals or $5,000 for groups to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area or for professional development for educators.
  • CLIF Bar Family Foundation Small Grants. Deadlines Feb 1, June 1, October 1, 2018. ~ $7,000. For small to mid-size 501 (c) (3)s working on food systems, public health and safeguarding the environment.
  • WalMart Community and Education Grants. Rolling Deadline, but minimum 6 month lead time advised. 501 (c) (3) organizations, schools, religious organizations and government agencies for requests over $250 - For requests under $250, get a local donation form from your nearest Walmart at the customer service desk, fill it out and hand it in. Wait time is one to two months.
  • Missouri Department of Conservation Education Grants. For Missouri schools implementing archery programs or one of the departments Discover Nature Units.
  • Home Depot Community Impact Grants. Rolling. Up to $5000 (as a Home Depot gift card for tools, materials, services) for non-profit and tax-exempt public service agencies that use volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.
  • Karma for Cara. October 1, January 1, April 1, July 1. Between $250 and $1000 to kids 18 and under to complete service projects in their communities.
  • American Honda Foundation. Deadlines May 1 (returning organizations) and February 1 and August 1 (new organizations) Grants are $20,000 to $75,000 over a one year period. For 501 (c) (3) organizations, schools listed by the U.S. DoE National Center for Education Statistics. Finances must be audited if over $500,000 or reviewed by a CPA if under $500,000. Priorities: youth education, in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
  • Farmers Insurance Thank a Teacher Grants. Throughout the year, send a thank you to a teacher and they will become eligible for these $2500 grants (selected by voting).180 grants awarded annually.


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lexus Eco Challenge. Challenge 1 open until October 15, 2018, Challenge 2 open October 17 to December 10, 2018, Challenge 3 January 30 to March 13, 2019. $10,000 each for Sixteen teams (2 middle school, 2 high school in each of the four Lexus market regions) for air/climate and land/water challenges, $30,000 for grand prize winners.
  • 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.
  • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow. Entry Deadline October 30, 2018. 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!
  • State Farm Education and Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants. September 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. Education grants can focus on teacher development, service-learning or education reform. Youth Advisory Board grants can include environmental responsibility.
  • 7th 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).
  • 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.
  • MEEA Environmental Educator Grants. Deadline November 5, 2018. 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.
  • International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest. Deadline November 5, 2018. $500 for the overall winner. This year’s participants are encouraged to submit a design that reflects the theme “Compost! Building a Better Future” . Categories: Junior (3rd - 7th), Senior (8th-12th), College/Adult.
  • 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.
  • Metro Photo Challenge. November 20, 2018. Anyone. Trip to Thailand. Three categories: Happy, Hope, Angry and/or Sad.
  • Community Action Grants. Deadline December 1, 2018. 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.
  • Toshiba America Foundation. Deadline December 1, 2018. Grades 6-12 Teachers. Less than $5,000. Inquiry based projects designed by teachers and teacher teams for use in the classroom.
  • 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.
  • National Wetlands Awards. Deadline December 14, 2018. For individuals, not organizations or agencies. 800 words for short form nomination.
  • NSTA/Seaworld Environmental Educator of the Year (NSTA). December 17, 2018. U.S. residents. The award recognizes schools (elementary, middle school, high school and college) and individuals (youth, adult and educator).
  • Youth Garden Grant. Deadline December 17, 2018. $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.
  • National Summer Learning Association Excellence in Summer Learning Award. Deadline December 21, 2018. Up to $10,000 for the winner, valuable feedback on programs for all participants, and increased visibility of your program.
  • Coca-Cola/KAB Public Space Recycing Bin Grant Program. Deadline December 30, 2018. 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.
  • American Chemical Society Professional Development Grant. Deadline January 4, 2019. 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.
  • Teach Earth Fellowship. Deadline January 10, 2019. 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.
  • Back to School Plastic Challenge. Now until January 10, 2019. Students. Post your story online with the hashtag #CleanSeas and send an email to
  • New York Life Foundation's Aim High Grants. Deadline January 25, 2019. 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 Teachers. January 31, 2019. 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.
  • President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA). Deadline February 1, 2019. Recognizes youth for projects which demonstrate commitment to the environment.
  • Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest. Deadline February 1, 2019. Formal or non-formal educator committed to bringing the Amazon experience back to their teaching. $1250 scholarship to the Academy.
  • Missouri Agribusiness Academy Applications. February 1, 2019. 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.
  • Exploravision. February 8, 2019. 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. Sponsred by Toshiba and NSTA..
  • 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.
  • Live Deliberately Essay Contest. Deadline February 15, 2019. Youth 14 to 21. 750 words maximum. $250. Contestants younger than 17 need adult sponsor. Consider the different meanings of a quotation from Thoreau.
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants. Deadline Feb 15, 2019. Grants are open to any city, county, and public school for buliding playgrounds, pools, water parks, shooting ranges, fishing facilities, trails, passive areas, etc.
  • World of 7 Billion Video Contest. Deadline February 28, 2019. Cash prizes. High School Students. Create a short psa about world population and one of the following: climate change, ocean health, rapid urbanization. habitat.
  • 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.
  • Young Eco-Hero Award. February 28, 2018. 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 Foundation. Deadline March 1, 2019. Up to $5,000. 501 (c) (3) organizations actively working to reconnect young people to the natural world.
  • Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. March 1, 2018. 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 popluations (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.
  • 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.
  • Clean Tech Competition 2019 Challenge: Solving Climate Change. Registration opens November 21 - Deadline March 15, 2019. 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.
  • MO DNR NO MO Trash Award. Deadline March 16, 2018. 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.
  • 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.
  • Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Project. Deadline March 31, 2018. 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) in its natural habitat and write an essay about the fish's habitat, physical characteristics and behavior.
  • Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Awards.  Deadline May 1, 2019. 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 professionaly 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 Training. Deadline May 1, 2018.$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.
  • MO Conservation Leadership Corps. Application Deadline May 1, 2019. 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. 
  • National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants. Deadline May 30, 2019. Up to $750. 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 exisiting meteorology/scienc education programs, attend accredited courses, workshops and/or conference related to meteorology.
  • American Chemical Society ChemClub Community Activities Grants.  Applications accepted April 1 to June 1, 2019. Up to $300 for chartered ChemClubs, $500 if they partner with ACS Local Sections. Examples of activities include science demonstrations at a local elementary or middle school, recycling program for your community, tutoring programs for chemistry students.
  • TRIM (Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance) Grants. Deadlines: Consultation with MDC Forester May 11, 2019;application due June 1, 2019. 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. .
  • Crayola. December 1, 2018 to June 21, 2019. Grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

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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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