Environmental Education Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Environmental education grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) Bayer USA Foundation 
  • The Bayer USA Foundation provides grants in the categories of STEM education and development, the environment and sustainability, and culture and social services. 
  • The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in communities with company facilities. Such areas include Berkeley and northern California, Shawnee, KS, Kansas City, MO, northern New Jersey, and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Please note, the Foundation does support STEM education programs with a national focus. 
  • Eligible nonprofit organizations must complete an online application. Along with the application, all applicants will need to provide the following:
    • organization information
    • history of organization (word limit = 150)
    • primary contact information
    • submitter contact information
    • sponsor information (if applicable)
    • program/project executive summary (word limit = 750)
    • request amount
    • total budget for the program/project
    • program/project time frame
    • IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination
    • W-9 form
    • program/project budget
    • other funding sources
  • Upon submission, all applications will pass through an eligibility prescreening process. Submissions that pass prescreening will be reviewed and grant seekers with proposals of interest will be contacted. Additionally, applicants will receive confirmation when a proposal is submitted. If you are not contacted following the confirmation, your proposal does not meet the strategic interests of the Foundation.
  • Grants awarded range from $100 - $150,000.
  • Deadline: None
2) Exelon Corporate Contribution Program
  • The Exelon Corporate Contribution Program's mission is to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in company communities. Exelon offices are located in 48 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia, and in areas of Canada. The foundation provided over $50 million in grants to nonprofits in 2017. The company's funding categories include education, environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood development.  
  • Under the category of education, Exelon supports 501(c)3 nonprofit programs with goals of:
    • improving the quality of the environment
    • promoting environmental education, conservation, and preservation
    • developing cleaner sources of energy
    • protecting endangered species
    • beautifying neighborhoods.
  • All eligible applicants must complete an online application in order to apply.
  • Awarded amounts are not specified. 
  • Deadline: None
3) Waste Management Charitable Giving Program
  • The Waste Management Charitable Giving Program is committed to making communities safer, cleaner, and better places to live and work. 
  • Support is provided to nonprofit organizations in communities where the company operates. Preference is given to organizations which have a broad base of funders and employee involvement. Funding areas of interest include environment, environmental education, and community.
  • With regard to environmental education, the company supports programs targeted towards middle and high school students. These programs could be focused on science-related projects, science fairs, Earth Day projects, and/or many others.
  • All eligible nonprofit applicants are required to:
    • Submit a request in writing on your organization’s letterhead. 
    • Complete the online application form. 
  • The amount awarded is not specified.
  • Deadline: None
4) Wild Ones: Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
  • The mission of Wild Ones is to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices in order to preserve biodiversity. This is accomplished through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. 
  • Wild Ones established the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program to help accomplish its goals in the wider community. This program provides small grants to schools, nature centers, or other nonprofit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. Funds are provided only for the purchase of native plants and seeds for the grant award year.
  • Support is provided for efforts to:
    • attract songbirds and butterflies to schoolyards using wildflowers and native grasses
    • add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology, and earth science classes
    • reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management
    • enhance sustainability and green-school certification.
  • It is important to note that preference is given to applications that show children’s ideas, drawings, and research rather than those that show the polished work of adults. All completed applications and attachments (PDFs) must be submitted via email to [email protected]
  • Awarded amounts range from $100 - $500.
  • Deadline: October 15th (annually) 
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