Funding

Tools to Get Started

 
Funding Toolkit: Campus Sustainability Funds
Campus InPower is a national training program that gives student organizers the tools to create revolving loan funds, green fee campaigns, and other funding mechanisms to pay for large-scale sustainability projects on their campuses. The Campus InPower “Raise The Funds Action Toolkit” is a brand-new funding guide for student organizers. In its glorious 54 pages, it features SEVEN funding mechanisms to pay for wide-scale sustainability projects or create large, dedicated sustainability funds on campus.
 

Current Funding Opportunities – Deadlines

 

Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program – As governmental units seek to contain operational costs, create jobs, reduce emissions, and save energy through energy-related infrastructure improvements and initiatives, the Public Building Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (PBEEEP) will provide assistance through an easy access approach that combines expert technical services and financing. Any Minnesota local government public building project whose purpose is energy-efficiency improvement will be eligible to apply for Program participation.

Project Green Fleetongoing Interesting in reducing your fleet’s diesel emissions? Join the nearly 60 organizations that have participated in our retrofit, repower and idle-reduction efforts through Project Green Fleet. Here is how the process works:

To get started, fill out your contact information and submit our online form by clicking http://www.projectgreenfleet.org/contact/index.html A staff member will work with you to gather information about your fleet and will provide fleet information to one of Project Green Fleet’s contracted equipment vendors. The equipment vendor will analyze the fleet, determine what pollution control equipment is needed and develop an installation plan for the equipment based on your individual needs. MEI staff will place an order for the equipment. It takes 4-6 weeks for equipment to be manufactured and shipped.
Installation of the equipment can be completed by trained installers or by the fleet owner or operator. The equipment vendor will provide training to fleets that want to complete installations in house. Project Green Fleet covers the cost of installation, installation training and diesel emission reduction equipment.

Youth Energy Summit (YES!)ongoing
Program empowers area students to put energy into Minnesota communities. Twelve Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams including Marshall, Redwood Area, Springfield and Westbrook‐Walnut Grove, as well as Atwater‐Cosmos‐Grove City, Eden Valley‐Watkins, Hutchinson, Lac qui Parle Valley, Morris, New London‐Spicer, Ortonville and Willmar, have been accepted into the 2009‐2010 program.
YES! teams made up of students in grades 8 through 12 participate in events and activities during the school year to increase their knowledge about energy issues and opportunities. Coached by an adult advisor, the youth teams plan and implement energy action projects in their communities. Teams are guided by trained staff and provided with the knowledge, networks and leadership skills to place them at the forefront of Minnesota’s future renewable energy workforce. Applications are still being accepted for 10 additional teams for the 2009‐2010 program. This year, YES! teams may apply for up to $2,750 to help cover costs and compete for nearly $10,000 in awards. Eligible participants must reside within the 36 counties of south‐central, southwest and west‐central Minnesota. See www.mnrem.org for a complete list of counties. Schools, communities, churches and organizations are encouraged to apply by visiting www.youthenergysummit.com or contacting Michael Swenson at 320-583-4775 or michael@ecologybus.org

Otto Bremer FoundationAll Year
The Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic, and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. Our work to help build and maintain vibrant communities is based on the vision and legacy of our founder, Otto Bremer, whose commitment to the Bremer bank communities and to those working to make their lives better continues to guide the Foundation.
For grants in the Metro Area metro area: As part of our ongoing response to the current economic challenges, the Otto Bremer Foundation is focusing Metro Area funding on programs and initiatives to relieve poverty, including emergency assistance and longer-term poverty reduction. For funding in other communities: Grants and program-related investments respond to community needs by supporting programs, initiatives, and partnerships that address immediate concerns and/or long-term strategies.

Ottertail Power Community Connection Grants Power Community Connection Grants
We make donations for the charitable, educational, and volunteer efforts of qualifying organizations that directly impact the local communities served by Otter Tail Power Company.
The company will designate donations for general operating support, program/project support, and scholarships.
Collaborative efforts and initiatives that fit more than one of the company’s focus areas will receive greater consideration for funding.
Priority funding areas: Education Health and human services Community enhancement, arts, and culture Environmental stewardship
Due Dec 15, 2010. Ottertail Power Community Connection Grants

Southern Minnesota utilities launch solar rebate program
Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), Owatonna Public Utilities, and Austin Utilities recently launched the Conserve & Save Solar Rebate Program for residential and commercial customers who install either a solar electric or solar hot water system. The rebate program is a one-time payment of $1 per installed watt for solar electric systems (up to 10 kW) and $15 per square foot net aperture for solar hot water systems (up to $1,200). To qualify for the rebates, customers must conduct both an energy audit and a shading analysis of their installation site. For rebate terms and conditions and an application visit this section of the RPU website.

EPA 8th Annual P3 AwardsDue Dec 22, 2010 A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
These awards may involve the collection of “Geospatial Information”. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people— people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability. Please see the P3 website (http://www.epa.gov/P3) for more details about this program. There are a number of categories and each has its own opportunity number.
Due Dec 22, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_p3.html

Green Prize in Public Education February 15, 2011
This annual prize recognizes an innovative, sustainable and replicable greening initiative in a public school and the educators and other school community members instrumental to the greening initiatives. A green school should involve and benefit students, educators, maintenance staff, parents and the local community. Ultimately, a green school increases students’ environmental literacy, and empowers and inspires them to be more socially and environmentally responsible.

The Green Prize in Public Education will award $10,000 to a K-12 public school that has most successfully implemented an innovative, sustainable and replicable school-wide greening effort that has involved and benefitted its students. Two merit awards of $5,000 each will also be given to schools that demonstrate this kind of success.

Applications for the Green Prize in Public Education are due February 15, 2011.

Action for Nature Invites Applications for International Young Eco-Hero AwardsFebruary 28, 2011
Young people between the ages of 8 and 16 will receive public recognition, cash prizes, and certificates for their self-directed efforts to help protect and preserve the environment
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=309000016

2011 Minnesota Clean Air Choice ScholarshipMarch 15h, 2011

The American Lung Association in Minnesota and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association are offering the 2011 Minnesota Clean Air Choice Scholarship as part of their commitment to increasing awareness and use of cleaner-burning alternative fuels in our state. The purpose of this essay contest is to encourage students to learn more about biodiesel, an important new industry in Minnesota.

Current high school seniors in the state of Minnesota with plans to attend postsecondary education are eligible to submit a personal essay written on the topic of biodiesel. Two scholarships will be awarded. The first place essay writer will receive a $1,000 scholarship; the second place essay writer will receive a $500 scholarship. All essays and application materials must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

We Can Change the World Challenge3/15/11
The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association, request proposals for the We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to educate, empower, and engage students and teachers across the U.S. to become “Agents of Change” in identifying and solving environmental problems. Awards vary by grade levels and include savings bonds and school grants. Responses due 3/15/11. For more info, go to: http://www.wecanchange.com/

Campus Green Scene Video CompetitionApril, 27th, 2011
Johnson Controls, Inc. invites university and college students, faculty and staff to submit a two-minute video describing an idea for making their campus greener. A winning video from each of the four school categories (four-year private institutions, four-year public institutions, historically black colleges and universities, and community colleges) will be selected and $5,000 awarded to each winning institution. Winning entrants will also be featured in a Johnson Controls-produced documentary filmed on their campus and highlighted at the National Energy Efficiency Forum in June 2011. Videos will be accepted through April 27, 2011.

Threshold Projectongoing
The committee wishes to catalyze cultural and political action that will wake up the United States and the entire world in time to address the catastrophic threat posed by climate change. We seek to fund grassroots social movements that mobilize to aggressively reduce our carbon emissions and unlike many large private foundations we can fund 501©(4) efforts in this area. We are looking for audacious high-leverage efforts to change the debate and accelerate reduction of carbon emissions through carbon taxes or auctioned cap and trade policies within the United States.

Threshold Projectongoing
Mission
Our mission is to connect with our rural communities to support young minds, invest in our current and future workforce, create vibrant culture and vital communities, improve health and human services, and protect our natural resources.
While Otter Tail Power Company provides financial support to a broad array of activities and organizations, we focus our resources on the rural communities we serve. Our foremost concerns are our customers, our neighbors, and our employees.

Rain Bird Is Awarding Over $50,000 For Water Conservation ProjectsMarch 22, 2011 Rain Bird Is Awarding Over $50,000 For Water Conservation Projects
The Intelligent Use Of Water Awards Program Invites The Public To Submit And Vote For Their Favorite Water Conservation Projects at IUOWAwards.com Rain Bird’s Intelligent Use of Water Awards program is an interactive grant program that will award more than $50,000 to water conservation and environmental sustainability projects that promote green spaces.

Open to nonprofits, homeowners, schools, landscapers, facility managers, community organizations, students, retailers, weekend gardeners or anyone with a water conservation project that supports sustainability and green spaces, The Intelligent Use of Water Awards program invites the public to submit projects in need of funding at www.iuowawards.com.

DoSomething.org GrantsWeekly
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, “YES!”, you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU!

USDA: New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants ProgramApril 15, 2011
The New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program will make grants available to community colleges or advanced technological centers, located in a rural area, for technology development, applied research, and training necessary to produce graduates capable of strengthening the Nation’s technical, scientific and professional workforce in the fields of bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, and agriculture-based renewable energy resources. Refer to USDA-NIFA-RTP-003380. Due April 15, 2011 . http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58802

Minnesota Community Pride Competition- happening now
We are delighted to announce that the “Reinventing Minnesota — Minnesota Community Pride Competition” will again open for applications beginning June 1, 2010, with winners announced and cash awards distributed August 29 at the Minnesota State Fair. Applications will be due in mid-July. The program is co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair, MinnPost.com, and Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc (MRP) and is open to all Minnesota communities, including neighborhoods. Special categories this year include Rural Urban Connections to Help Minnesota Thrive and Youth.
The contest is part of MRP’s Reinventing Minnesota initiative to recognize communities statewide for their efforts to move beyond the current economic challenge with creative and proactive community and economic development innovations. Sharing these best practices with neighbors across the state —and across America –is equally important. Category-Specific Awards are for existing or emerging projects that fall within specific categories such as arts, broadband, entrepreneurship and more and take place in a community or neighborhood. Communities of all sizes are invited to nominate a project, including neighborhood associations within larger towns or cities. Comprehensive, Community-Wide Awards are for existing or emerging efforts in a community or neighborhood. In this community-wide improvement recognition contest, communities compete with other communities based on population size. Check out the website at http://www.reinventingminnesota.org on June 1 for more information and to download applications.

Chill Out Competition

The National Wildlife Federation is looking to recognize campus
projects that reduce global warming pollution, including projects in
green jobs, students in action, innovative design, campus actions,
green sporting events and projects taking place at high schools.

According to the web site above, “Chill Out: Campus Solutions to
Global Warming is America’s leading competition and awards program
recognizing college and university innovation to solve global warming.
Each year, we hold the Chill Out competition to recognize the projects
and people making a difference.”

Entries include creating a 2-minute video, and are due by December 19,
2010.

Prizes include $1,000 grants and winners being showcased in a national
webcast.

 

Current Funding Opportunities – Ongoing

 
Environmental Grants from Xcel
Xcel Energy Foundation supports nonprofit projects that focus on the connection between environment and energy. We strive to build partnerships that result in environmental improvement.In 2008, Xcel Energy Foundation committed $980,800 to environmental education, awareness and partnerships across our service territory. Grants are given in Environmental Education, Environmental Awareness, and Environmental Partnerships

U.S. Department of Energy Contests and Competitions
A wide array of contests with different funding options.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Although the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation doesn’t prioritize any particular issue area for funding, we do focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change in any number of areas. The Foundation will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are organizing for systemic social change. We support programs and projects that are examples of creative problem-solving.

DoSomething.org Grants
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, “YES!”, you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU!

Do Something Seed Grants are targeted towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time.
Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants
The Gannett Foundation Community Action Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States where Gannett Co., Inc. owns a newspaper or broadcast station.Community action grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. About 60 percent of the foundation’s community grants target grassroots organizations in the areas of social/human services, health, and mental health, and are intended to benefit the most disadvantaged people in local communities.For most communities, the average grant amount is in the $1,000 to $5,000 range.Eligible nonprofit 501©(3) organizations are asked to submit their applications to the newspaper publisher or TV station executive in their area

The Collaboration PrizeJuly 16th
Celebrating nonprofits that come together for greater impact.The application process for the 2011 Collaboration Prize is now open. Learn more about the Prize criteria and how you can apply. The Collaboration Prize is a $250,000 national award designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations.

Best Buy Recycling Grant Program
The Best Buy Recycling Grant Program provides support to help increase the consumer electronics recycling opportunities available in communities across the country. Grants, ranging from $500 to $1,500, can be taken in cash, Best Buy Gift Cards, or a combination of both. These grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. All organizations and groups are eligible to apply, including nonprofit organizations, cities, counties, and public-private partnerships, with priority given to nonprofit organizations. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the website listed above for more information about the program.

BioDiesel Essay Contest by the American Lung Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
Current high school seniors in the state of Minnesota with plans to attend postsecondary education are eligible to submit a personal essay written on the topic of biodiesel. Two scholarships will be awarded. Due to overwhelming support last year, ALAMN and MSGA have increased the scholarship amounts. The first place essay writer will receive a $1,000 scholarship; the second place essay writer will receive a $500 scholarship.

Bikes Belong Coalition
he Bikes Belong Grants Program strives to put more people on bicycles more often by funding important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths, lanes, and routes, as well as bike parks, mountain bike trails, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.

Captain Planet Foundation
The New LeadersThe mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on, environmental projects for children and youths. Our objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Through environmental education, we believe that children can achieve a better understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live.

Earth Island Institute New Leaders Initiative
The New Leaders Initiative (NLI) grows environmental leadership by raising the profile of young emerging environmental leaders in North America, celebrating their achievements, and providing them with the skills, resources, and relationships to lead effective campaigns and projects. NLI honors the legacy of David Brower — firebrand environmentalist, community activist, and founder of Earth Island Institute.

Jordan Fundamentals Grants for Innovative Educational Projects
The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program recognizes outstanding teaching and instructional creativity in public middle and secondary schools in the United States that serve economically disadvantaged students. Innovation Grants, averaging $2,500, are awarded to individual teachers for projects that engage students in school using either experimental or traditional strategies effectively. Inspiration Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to teams of teachers to support scaling-up the implementation of approaches originally developed with Innovation Grants. Applicants should create and implement an educational approach that supports improved student academic achievement and/or social/emotional/behavioral interventions. Applicants must be employed by a public school where at least 50% of the school’s student population is eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program.

mtvU Youth Venture Grant
Apply for $1,000 and the chance to be featured on mtvU News! Apply if you have a youth venture that is (1) NEW: This means that the Venture as a whole or the specific initiative that the students want funded must not already be in existence. If the program has already been started, it is ineligible; (2) SUSTAINABLE: The Venture must be sustainable in terms of membership, leadership, and finances. The Venture should be created with structures in place so it has the potential to outlast its founders. It should not be a short-term project; and (3) BENEFICIAL: The Venture must benefit the community— either the student community or the community at large.

Minneapolis Funding Opportunities for Environmental Projects
Funding opportunities listed by the Minneapolis Public Schools District, but open for schools and/or individuals.
 

Recurring Funding Opportunities – Plan for next year!

 
Johnson Controls Creative Energy Project
Johnson Controls and the National Energy Foundation invite students K-12 to enter the Igniting Creative Energy competition, a program designed to encourage students to learn more about energy and the environment. Student entries should demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family, or group can do in their home, school, or community to conserve energy and help the environment. Students may express their ideas in any creative format such as science projects, recent service projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music, videos, web-based applications, multimedia projects, etc. Grand prize winners will receive a hosted trip to Washington D.C. and share proposal with government and energy leaders during the 6/2009 20th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club.

Rethink Recyling
The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board has made grants available each year since 2001 to support community-based waste and toxicity reduction projects.Today we are announcing the new round of Community POWER grants available in 2009. These are grants available for environmental projects to schools, organizations and congregations for up to $12,000

2010 Safe Routes to School Solicitation
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) just closed solicitation for the third Safe Routes to School solicitation. Safe Routes funds are available for schools with any combination of K-8 enrollment to make infrastructure improvements, such as bike racks and sidewalks, and for noninfastructure programs such as developing Safe Routes Plans, enforcement, and promoting biking and walking to and from school. Check out their Web site and plan for next year’s solicitation!

CenterPoint Energy Community Grants
While we recognize there are many important issues facing our communities today, CenterPoint Energy focuses on the three main areas. CenterPoint Energy’s contributions in Minnesota fund post-secondary technical education partnerships. Partnering with post-secondary technical educational institutions to influence technical curriculum development and scholarships facilitate recruitment and retention of employees for CenterPoint Energy. CenterPoint Energy will help build inclusive and sustainable communities by focusing on supporting: Affordable, energy efficient housing. Support for organizations that develop, build and revitalize affordable, energy efficient housing. Priority is given to actual construction or rehabilitation of homes. Environmental programs. Support for organizations, programs and projects that promote and protect our environmental and natural resources. Safety. Support for organizations that promote natural gas public safety. Eligibility limited to non-profits within CenterPoint’s service area.

Support for Innovative Teacher ProjectsDue September 30, 2009
The mission of the Kids in Need Foundation is to engage students in the learning process by supporting the nation’s teachers. Kids in Need Teacher Grants, sponsored by retailers and education credit unions, help K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Approximately 200 to 300 grants from $100 to $500 are awarded each year. The application deadline is September 30, 2009. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit the appropriate online application for your geographic region. Retail sponsors and education credit unions also make the grant applications available at their outlets during the back-to-school season.

Grants and Loans to Grassroots Groups (RESIST)Due October 2, 2009
RESIST provides grants and loans to grassroots groups throughout the U.S. that are engaged in activist organizing and educational work within movements for social change. RESIST supports strategies that build community, encourage collaborations with other organizations, increase skills and access to resources, and produce leadership from the constituency being most directly affected. High priority is given to groups that fall outside of mainstream funding sources. A sample of RESIST’s interests include: community organizing and anti-racism projects, economic and environmental justice, civil rights, progressive media, and peace/anti-militarism. The remaining 2009 application deadlines for general support grants, accessibility grants, and loans are August 7 and October 2. Emergency grant requests may be submitted at any time. Visit RESIST’s website for details on each of the grant programs.

Bike to School Mini GrantsDue October 30th, 2009
The National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) is now accepting applications for Safe Routes to Schools mini-grants. The aim of the mini-grants is to use student creativity and leadership skills to increase safe walking and bicycling to school. Successful applications will include one or a combination of the following: student-ledactivities, concern for the environment, and/or promotion of physical
activity.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant ProgramDue October 2, 2009
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is composed of young adults who demonstrate exemplary work in service-learning, volunteering, and philanthropy in their communities. The Youth Advisory Board Grant Program funds student-led service-learning projects throughout the United States and in the provinces of Alberta, New Brunswick, and Ontario in Canada. Specific areas of interest include: natural and societal disasters, driver safety, environmental responsibility, accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap, and financial literacy. Educators who currently teach in a public K-12, charter or a higher education institution are eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to interact with students in public K-12 schools. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000; at least one grant will be provided in each of the thirteen State Farm zones, which include the three provinces in Canada. Applications must be submitted by October 2, 2009, through the Youth Advisory Board website.

Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Programongoing
The Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Grants support community improvement projects that include activities such as construction or refurbishment of affordable or transitional housing; building, rebuilding, painting, or refurbishing; increasing energy efficiency or sustainability; landscaping or planting of native trees; community facility improvements; and the development and/or improvement of green spaces. Grants of up to $2,500 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools or materials. The application deadlines for 2009 are June 15, September 15, and December 15. Visit the website listed above to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.

Environmental Education—$3 millionDue December 15, 2009
EPA requests proposals for Environmental Education Grants. This program supports environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. Eligible entities include local and tribal education agencies, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local or state agencies that conduct educational, environmental programs. Up to 95 awards are anticipated. Responses due 12/15/09.

Nickelodeon’s Big Green Grants ProgramDue December 31, 2009
This is only for schools k-8. Nickelodeon’s Big Green Grants Program provides support to schools and community-based organizations throughout the U.S. for environmentally friendly projects. Green Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 encourage projects that inspire kids to take care of the environment, be active and live healthier, and engage in community service. Applicants must participate in Worldwide Day of Play on September 26, 2009 or host a Big Green Help environmental project. Public and private elementary and middle schools as well as nonprofit community-based after-school organizations are eligible to apply. Applications from urban and rural/suburban areas as well as small and large community-based organizations serving all ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Requests must be submitted by December 31, 2009. Visit the program’s website for application guidelines and forms.

Support for Youth Environmental Projects WorldwideDue December 31, 2009
Captain Planet Foundation
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to support hands-on environmental projects for youth throughout the world. The Foundation is interested in funding innovative programs that empower children and youth to work towards solving environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. All funded projects must involve young people ages 6-18 (elementary through high school). Nonprofit organizations and public schools worldwide are eligible to apply for grants of $250 to $2,500. Applications are reviewed quarterly; the upcoming deadline is December 31, 2009. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

EPA’s 7th Annual P3 Awards A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the PlanetDue January 4th, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3 Award
Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and
design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall
sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use
of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on
sustainability. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress
toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic
prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for
its people— people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of
sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to
the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of
sustainability. Please see the P3 website (http://www.epa.gov/P3) for
more details about this program. Due Jan 4, 2009.

NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and TeachersDue January 7, 2010
The Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) program seeks to enable significant advances in preK-12 student and teacher learning of the STEM disciplines through development, study, and implementation of resources, models, and technologies for use by students, teachers, and policymakers. Projects funded under this solicitation begin with a research question or a hypothesis about how to improve preK-12 STEM learning and teaching. Projects create or adapt and study innovative resources, models, or technologies and determine how and why implementation affects STEM learning.DR K-12 invites proposals that meet a variety of educational needs, from those that address immediate and pressing challenges facing preK-12 STEM education to those that anticipate opportunities for the future. DR K-12 especially encourages proposals that challenge existing assumptions about learning and teaching within or across STEM fields, envision needs of learners in 10-15 years, and consider new and innovative ways to educate students and teachers. Due Jan 7, 2010.

Blandin FoundationDue March 15, 2010
Grants are awarded in six strategic focus areas. Each addresses a unique aspect of rural life, with the common vision of healthy rural communities grounded in strong economies, where burdens and benefits are widely shared. 1) Economic initiatives; 2) Educational attainment; 3) Fairness and opportunity; 4) Develop diverse leaders; 5) Rural voice; and 6) Intercultural competency. (Web site); Due March 15, 2010 (letters of inquiry ar recommended prior to submission) http://www.blandinfoundation.org/grants/grants-detail.php?intResourceID=5

DoSomething.org, HP Challenge Teens to ‘Green’ Their SchoolsApril 22nd, 2010
DoSomething.org and Hewlett-Packard have announced an initiative designed to challenge teens to find new and innovative ways of conserving energy while reducing waste in their schools, which will run from February 15 through Earth Day on April 22…. Starting February 15, launch projects to green your school. By Earth Day, on April 22nd, tell us what you did and you could win $5000 and sweet HP computers! Register your school and submit your plans below
A panel of judges, including actor and campaign spokesman Nick Cannon, will evaluate the entries based on creativity, innovation, reduction in waste, energy saved, and number of students involved. Each winner will receive up to $5,000 in funding and an HP Artist Edition laptop computer. In addition, the National Grid Foundation will award $1,500 prizes to select students in their service area.
1. Starting February 15th, take action to green your school
2. Submit your projects by April 22!
Winning schools will receive up to $5,000 in environmental funding plus sweet HP computers! http://www.dosomething.org/increase_your_green

Bike to School Mini GrantsDue April 7th, 2010
The National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) is now accepting applications for Safe Routes to Schools mini-grants. The aim of the mini-grants is to use student creativity and leadership skills to increase safe walking and bicycling to school. Successful applications will include one or a combination of the following: student-ledactivities, concern for the environment, and/or promotion of physical
activity.

Clean Fuels: 2009-2010 Minnesota Biodiesel Essay ContestFriday, April 30, 2010
The American Lung Association in Minnesota and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council are sponsoring the 2009-2010 Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Contest to provide an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the benefits of using cleaner burning, renewable fuels like biodiesel.

The essay contest is open to all high school seniors in Minnesota with plans to attend postsecondary education. 1,000 words on biodiesel, 1st place = $1,000, 2nd place = $500 and due Friday, April 30, 2010

http://conservationfund.org/kodak_awards- due June 15th, 2010
TDo you know an organization that is working to create or improve a greenway, trail or waterway? Apply for a Kodak American Greenways Award grant, and your organization could receive up to $2,500 in grant funds and recognition that comes with selection by this prestigious national program.
Eastman Kodak Company, The Conservation Fund and the National Geographic Society team up each year to present the Kodak American Greenways Awards Program. One major element of the Program involves “seed” grant awards to organizations that are growing our nation’s network of greenways, blueways, trails and natural areas.

The Living Climate Change Video ContestDue May 25th, 2010
The Challenge? Create an original video that envisions how climate change will impact our lives over the next 20 to 30 years. Looking beyond the doom and gloom and the policy discussions that have dominated the debate, how would you envision a human-centered, sustainable future? Which behaviors will change? Which will be preserved?

NEA’s Green AmericaJuly 30th, 2010 $50,000—A Lot of Green for Grants!
Engage and inspire your K-12 students to increase sustainable, earth-friendly behavior in their neighborhoods and communities.
NEA’s Green Across America grants of up to $1,000 are available to help you implement your innovative education program, activity, lesson or event to excite students about going green, caring for the earth and creating a sustainable future.
The Green Across America Program is sponsored by Target, which proudly supports K-12 schools through innovative giving programs.

Patagonia Environmental Grants” :http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=2927 – August 31st, 2010
Growing the Grassroots
In 1973 a young man stopped by our offices to make a pitch. He called himself, ambitiously, “Friends of the Ventura River,” and his plan was to restore the filthy trickle near our headquarters to its former, wild self. A lone activist with monumental goals, he envisioned fish life, shore birds and untainted riffles in a channel ruined by pollution. He gave us hope. We gave him desk space.

By 1985, we formalized our support of environmental activism by committing 10% of our pre-tax profits to grassroots environmental groups. Later, we changed our pledge to at least 1% of sales or 10% of pre-tax profits – whichever is more. We give at the grassroots level to innovative groups overlooked or rejected by other corporate donors. We fund activists who take radical and strategic steps to protect habitat, wilderness and biodiversity. We have given over $38 million in grants and in-kind donations to more than 1,000 organizations since the program began.

Alliance for Climate EducationSeptember 15th for more information
Every year, ACE doles out some serious school grants to high school Action Teams who take on major projects that demonstrate strong school-wide commitments to curbing global warming.
Grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are awarded to ACE Action Teams at schools that have participated in or are scheduled to participate in an ACE presentation during the grant period school year. In 2010, ACE is awarding over $27,000 in school grant funding to 9 incredible ACE Action Teams across the country. You can check out the list of this year’s winners as well as stories from previous year’s winners here.
Information about next years school grant application and submission process will be posted in September, 2010. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Ashlee Jensen with any questions or concerns.

Blandin Foundation GrantsSeptember 15th
For more than a half-century, the Blandin Foundation has been a partner in community-driven activities in the Grand Rapids area and rural Minnesota. Working with people who share the Foundation’s mission of strengthening communities, grant-making efforts move forward projects and programs of all sizes and scopes, giving people locally, and throughout the state, the opportunity to enhance their communities.

Kids in Need GrantsSeptember 30th
Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting K-12 teachers throughout the United States. Kids In Need Teacher Grants, sponsored by retailers and education credit unions, help K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have inspired ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Approximately 200 to 300 grants from $100 to $500 are awarded each year. Every teacher who applies will receive a gift of poster and bulletin board art materials from ArtSkills valued at $25. The application deadline is September 30, 2010. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit the appropriate online application for your geographic region.

Target Field Trip GrantsDue September 30th, 2010
Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. For the 2009-2010 school year, 5,000 grants of up to $800 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. Types of eligible field trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; and career enrichment opportunities. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications will be available from August 5 through November 3, 2009. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program

Win $500 worth of gardening supplies for your school Jan, 5th, 2011
Does your school have an interest in peace and multicultural studies? Apply today for the Muhammad Ali Peace Center Garden Grant. Applications will be accepted through January 5th, 2011. Winning programs will receive a raised bed, a composter, child-sized tools and gloves, and a curriculum package from the National Gardening Association.

Who is eligible to apply:
To be eligible for the 2011 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden, your school or organization must plan to garden in 2011 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Schools within the United States must have a student body eligible for 50% or more reduced or free lunches. This is a global initiative; all International countries and territories are eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and peace studies, and nutrition and hunger issues.
Submission process: Applications are due by January 5, 2011.

K-12 Math and Science Programs Supported
Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is committed to improving the quality of K-12 education throughout the country by supporting innovative programs that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The Foundation places priority on systemic math and science programs that are broad in scope and incorporate interdisciplinary curricula, “real-world” classroom applications, and high student expectations; creative programs that develop the potential of students and/or teachers; and cost-effective programs that possess a high potential for success and relatively low duplication of effort. Grants are provided to colleges and universities as well as nonprofit organizations engaged in pre-collegiate math and/or science education. K-12 public and private schools are not eligible to apply. Requests may be submitted at any time. http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/education/toyota_usa/

USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program Dec 4, 2011
Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a State, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support. Public and private colleges are eligible. Refer to USDA-NIFA-CGP-003378. Due Feb 4, 2011. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58758