A Select List of the Best Grants for Formal and Informal Educators

Shared by Metropoiltan Monarch Alliance Affiliates

Golden Apple Awards

Up to $10,000 awarded for exemplary and innovative programs in school gardening, cleanup, reclamation and beautification, recycling and waste prevention. The Golden Apple Awards have few applicants and are seeking more for this grant cycle.

2017 Grant Cycle Due June, 2017

Submitted by Into the Woods Participants

Caryola Creative Leadership Grants 2017

​$2,500 and Crayole products valued at $1,000 to support “innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. “Several of you are working hard to rally other teachers to the idea of getting students out of the classroom. This grant may help. Developing a program of integrating outdoor experiences with required classroom expectations certainly qualifies as a new and creative initiative in your schools. Explaining what you are doing and giving examples of what you have done and your future plans go a long way to writing this proposal. That many of you have included drawing into your outdoor related experiences is also a big plus to Crayola.” - Peter Schmidt.

2017 Grant Cycle Due June 23rd, 2017

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Project Learning Tree Grant for Environmental Education Projects

Up to $1,000 to schools for "environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world." As a prerequite, teachers must have attended a project learning tree training (either online or in person).

2017 Grant Cycle due Sep. 30th, 2017

Submitted by Peter Schmidt


Kids in Need Foundation

Up to $500 to educators in support of learning projects.

2017 Grant Cycle Due Sept. 30th, 2017

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Captain Planet Foundation Offers Multiple Grants:

Captain Planet Foundation Grants for Env. Education Activities

$500 - $2,500 for projects that promote hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

2017 Grant Cycle due Sep. 30th, 2017

ecoTech Grants

$2,500 for "projects that leverage technology to achieve greater or innovative environmental outcomes.

2017 Grant Deadline March 15th, 2017

ecoSolution Grants

$500-$2,500 to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).”

2017 Grants Presently Accepted. Grant Cycle Ends Sept. 30th, 2017.

ECOSTEM Resource Kit Grants

Curated kits of materials and activities organized into environmental themes (i.e. Renewable energy, water resources, pollination, soil & decomposition.)

Project Learning Garden

Up to $3,000 in support. This program provides schools with strategies for building effective and long-lasting garden-based learning programs. Teachers are provided with hands-on training, curriculum aligned to national standards, lesson kits filled with supplies, a schoolyard garden, fully-equipped garden cooking cart, and strategies for summer garden maintenance.

2018 Grants Accepted July 15th, 2017 through February 20th, 2018

Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants

$500 to 2,500 for hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; to serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; and to inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

2017 Grant Cycles Due Sep. 30th, 2017

Target Corporation K-12 Field Trip Grants

Up to $700 to support community service or civic projects; career-enrichment opportunities; field trips to art, science, and cultural museums; or other activities away from school.

2017 Grant Cycle Due Oct. 1st

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

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Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation RFP

"Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes. Aimed at supporting projects which encourage parent involvement in local schools and help build community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community, such as a facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up project."

2017 Grant Cycle due Feb. 9th, 2017

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants​

Up to $750 to "support projects aimed at improving K-12 education in meteorology and related sciences."

2017-2018 Grant Cycle to be Announced

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Greening STEM Integration Grant for Educators

$500 - $1,000 for teachers and after-school programs for "projects that support the integration of Greening STEM into current or new programming or curriculum."

2017 Grant Cycle Due Date to be Announced, Probably April 2017

Seeds for Education Grant Program

Up to $500 for projects that involve students in developing and enhancing an appreciation for nature using native plants.

2017 Grant Cycle due Oct. 15th, 2017

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Whole Kids Foundation School Gardens Grant​

$2,000 to support a new or existing edible school garden on school grounds.

2016 Grant Cycle Due Oct. 2017

​ ​Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Nature Works Grants for K-12 Schools

$2,000 to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Future Grant Cycles to be Announced

Submitted by Peter Schmid

Melinda Gray Ardia Env. Foundation Grants for Environmental Studies

Up to $1,500 to support the development of programs that empower student involvement in environmental and social problems.

2017 Grant Cycle TBA

Submitted by Peter Schmidt​


Roots and Shoots Mini-Grants

$200 or $400 to start, support, or celebrate service campaigns for people, animals, or the environment in your community.

2018 Grant Cycle TBA

Submitted by Mary Leou

Ezra Keats Foundation Mini-Grants

Up to $500 awarded for student projects that foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community.

2018 Grant Cycle TBA

​Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Teacher Development Grants with the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

Up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years to support small teams of teachers to develop and implement groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction.

2018 Grant Cycle TBA

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

Academic Enrichment Grants with the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

Up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years to ​fund programs that "nuture the intellectual, artistic, and creative abilities of children from low-income households."

2018 Grant Cycle TBA

Submitted by Peter Schmidt

To contribute to this list, send information to David Jakim at David.Jakim@gmail.com