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Good ideas and innovative programs are welcomed as is bringing successful programs into new geographic areas. Try to develop "phased" concepts that can lead to multiple proposals over several years. For example, you start with a great idea for a pilot gardening project in a single school, follow with an idea to expand the proven program district wide, and then go for funding to take it across the state (or nation). Phased concepts can be scaled up or down, giving a grantor more flexibility.

Innovative programs that involve youth are needful as we educate the next generation on how to care for the environment. Environmental education doesn't always have to involve schools. Maybe it's a forest stewardship program, or a green recycling program, or an urban forestry project that you want to get started. Involve families, Seniors and multi-ethnic groups in both urban and rural areas in conservation projects in their own home town. Conservation starts with one person and a good idea.

TIP: You proposal should be easy to read. Write for a 10th grade level because that makes for easy comprehension and a fast review.

Sampling of Funding Sources:

EE Link
Links from this page offer 1) strategy and techniques to develop funding for Environmental Education programs, and 2) information on education-related grants that may be applicable to EE.
 
EE-Grant Resources
Environmental Education on the Internet's site lists several funding sources targeted to environmental education. You can also look for other EE funding sources on the state and regional EE resources pages or do a keyword search on all of these sites by following the grant search link.
 
Schoolyard Habitats
The National Wildlife Federation has a terrific schoolyard habitats program with extensive educator resources. Wild Seed Fund Mini-grants of $250 are available (Funding cycle: October to January 15), plus there is a whole section on how to aquire resources to create a schoolyard habitat project.
 
National Tree Trust
The National Tree Trust has four primary program areas. The Partnership Enhancement Monetary Grant Program (PEP) is part of the National Tree Trustís efforts to assist 501(c)(3), nonprofit organizations with tree-related projects. Grants are awarded in four categories: Tree Planting/Maintenance, Education/Training, Overhead/Administration, and National/Regional Program/Project. Grants of up to $25,000 are available. Other target programs include: Community Tree Planting, Growing Together and Trail of Trees.
 
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities: Zoology
A table showing research grants and fellowships with application deadlines. This is a pretty good list for those interested in zoology or related fields.
 
Colgate Youth For America
Eligible groups are: Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girls Incorporated, Camp Fire Inc., National 4H Council. Colgate will provide monetary grants to those groups whose projects are the most innovative and successful. (You submit a one page summary of your project by March). The top 318 local unit winners can win up to $1000 in cash. A bonus prize of an additional $1000 is awarded to the project voted "Best in the Nation."
 
Columbia Foundation
The Columbia Foundation funds Bay Area and Greater Northern CA nonprofits in four major program areas: arts and culture, human rights, preservation of wildlife and biological diversity, and sustainable urban community development. Application deadline: August 1st.
 
Conservation Technology Support Program (CTSP) Grants
Grants of equipment plus software and training to 501c3 tax-exempt conservation organizations to build their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity. Primary corporate sponsors are Hewlett Packard Company and Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Applications due in early January annually.
 
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
A categorized and topical list of sites on the Internet found to be useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth. It is updated daily to keep up with the tremendous number of new World Wide Web sites. Grants are under the 'Business and Grants' tabs.
 
Captain Planet
Foundation distributes grants to support hands-on environmental projects with youth. Applications are reviewed in March, June, September and December. Generally, the range of grants awarded by the Foundation is $250 - $2,500.
 
Center for Environmental Education
Some funding resources and a pretty good program for greening up your schools.The 'Make Your World Better' program funds $1000-$5000 grants to initiate environmental education projects. CEE encourages multi-disciplinary projects that involve teachers working collaboratively, and projects which focus on the local school, community and ecosystem. Proposals are reviewed Nov. 1st and March 15th, with notifications in January and May. They have example proposals online.
 
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund of the Milwaukee Foundation gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other educational organizations whose efforts best reflect the message of creating natural landscapes using native plants and appreciating humankind's proper place in the web of life. Established by Wild Ones in 1996, the fund honors their 'philosophical compass', Lorrie Otto. They award grants for child-centered projects that create native plant landscapes or develop outdoor classrooms.
 
Sea World-Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards
Provides school groups k-12 who are working to protect and preserve the environment with monetary awards, national recognition and some fun! Eight winning schools are selected each year to recieve $10,000.
 
School Grants
Your one-stop site for K-12 Grant Opportunities! Information on proposal writing, fundraising, and grant opportunities. Sample proposals are available, too.
 
PLT GreenWorks Grants
Project Learning Tree is providing small grants to eligible recipients for GreenWorks! Community Action Projects. A range of $200-$1,000 per project will be available. GreenWorks! grant proposals are collected yearly, normally in the Fall. Contact directly for due date.
 
Toyota Tapestry Program
The 2003 Toyota TAPESTRY program will award 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 'mini-grants' of $2,500 each to K-12 science teachers. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or school district over a one-year period. Toyota TAPESTRY projects demonstrate creativity, involve risk-taking, possess a visionary quality, and model a novel way of presenting science. If you have a great way to make science come alive, apply for a Toyota TAPESTRY grant.
 
EPA - Education Grants
EPAís Office of Environmental Education supports environmental education projects that enhance the publicís awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. Grants of $25,000 or less are awarded in EPAís ten regional offices, and grants of more than $25,000 are awarded at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Deadlines appear to be in November for projects for the following year.
 
Funding Sources for Education
Columbia Education Center: Extensive lists with a number of environmental funding sources. Since the non-government sources list is long, use the 'find' feature of your browser to locate the word 'environment' for grant opportunities.
 
Nat. Environmental Education-Training Foundation
Several reprots are available which might be helpful in grant preparation. The foundation did not accept challenge grant applications in 2001, but this may change. Historically they have funded projects in environmental education K-12.
 
Kidsgardening.Org
The National Gardening Association awards hundreds of Youth Garden Grants to schools, neighborhood groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational programs throughout the United States. Each grant consists of an assortment of quality tools, seeds, and garden products generously contributed by leading companies from the lawn and garden industry, and valued at more than $750. typically the applications are available in February. The resources section has grants, web sites, free materials and more.
 
USFS Conservation Education Resources
United States Forest Service Conservation Education Resources include the 'Ecosystem Matters' Guide and possible field project funding for districts with USFS involvement. Conservation education contacts are given and it appears that Field projects must be submittd by USFS staff. If you live in a National Forest or near one, consider talking to your local Ranger District about a conservation education project. Projects range in size from under $15k to over $25k. Take a look at the Newsletters for ideas. It looks like proposals are generally due in May.
 
Scientific Research Sponsors
Lists sites containing information of interest to researchers in all fields of science and technology. These should be helpful in assisting faculty, students, and companies in identifying research funding and scholarships opportunities.
 
NFWF Grant Programs
National Fish and Wildlfie Foundation has numerous grant programs. The Foundation awards challenge grants to projects benefiting conservation education, habitat protection and restoration, and natural resource management. Deadlines vary.
 

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