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Thursday, August 10, 2017  
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Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants 

Deadline: 9/30/2017 

Project Learning Tree® (PLT), a national environmental education program for preK-12 educators and students, has grants of up to $1,000 available to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Students “learn by doing” through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or neighborhood’s environment. These environmental action projects blend community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Students have planted trees, restored habitats, improved streams, constructed trails, and more. PLT also provides grants to schools to implement recycling programs, conserve water and energy, or establish school gardens or outdoor classrooms–and integrate these projects into the curriculum. The program is open to any PLT-trained educator in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants must have attended a PLT workshop online or in person. Projects must secure at least 50% matched funds and involve at least one community partner. For more information, visit The annual deadline is September 30; apply at


Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants 

Deadline: 9/30/2017 

The foundation funds and supports youth-led environmental projects. Its 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. Grant amounts range from $500 to $2,500 and support purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project. Deadlines for submitting grant applications are September 30 and January 31. Organizations with operating budgets of less than $3 million may apply.


MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation Grants 

Deadline: 8/31/2017 

The MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation awards grants of between $2,500 and $5,000. The board of directors considers a number of factors when selecting recipients, including the purpose of the funds requested: --Will the funds be used to meet the foundation's goal of serving the disadvantaged? --The target group: Does the organization focus on serving youth? --Financial information: Is the requesting organization financially stable? --Program history: Does the requesting organization have a successful history?

The board will review applications on a semi-annual basis. The deadlines for applications are January 31 and August 31 with respective notification dates in April and October.


Open Meadows Foundation Grants 

Deadline: 8/15/2017 

Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects led by and that benefit women and girls. It funds projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access, or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded. Deadlines are February 15 and August 15 of each year.


Green Thumb Challenge Grant 

Deadline: 9/30/2017 

The Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on a funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide. The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $250 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.


Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants 

Deadline: 9/10/2017 

These grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded to educational programs for K–12 youth in the United States and Canada in communities where Kinder Morgan operates. Nonprofits and public and private schools with academic programs, including environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards; tutoring; or arts education programs are eligible. Local, state, provincial, and regional educational institutions; libraries; and programs providing ongoing support, such as Junior Achievement, may apply. The deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.


Kids in Need Teacher Grants 

Deadline: 9/30/2017 

The Kids In Need Foundation awards preK-12 educators in the United States funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. Grant applications are available online each year from July 15 until September 30. Grants are funded by retail and education credit union sponsors. One grant is specifically for Indiana teachers, and another is for creative writing projects. Follow Kids in Need on Facebook at


Target Field Trip Grants 

Deadline: 10/1/2017 

Target stores award these grants to K-12 schools nationwide located within 100 miles of a Target store. Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. Field trips must connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences and must take place between February and December 2015. Each grant is valued up to $700. Target only accepts applications online. Apply by noon Central Time on October 1. Grant applicants will receive notification by Jan. 1.


AAUW Community Action Grants 

Deadline: 1/15/2018 

These grants, offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program 

Deadline: 10/16/2017

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will donate $5 million to schools and school parent-teacher groups at more than 1,000 different schools during the school year. (Pre-schools are not eligible.) Grant applicants may request between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. 

Schools must register before they can apply, which can take up to 24 hours to process. Once 1,500 applications are received, the application process will be closed, and the "Apply Now" button will no longer appear on the website. The program has two grant cycles in a school year: Spring (February 13) and Fall (October 16).


State Farm: Company Grants 

Deadline: 10/31/2017 

State Farm awards grants for Education Excellence. The company funds three types of grants for K-12 public schools: • Teacher Development • Service-Learning • Education Reform/Systemic Improvement Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more. Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.


2017 Research Foundation Teacher Grant Program 

Deadline 10/1/17 

The Trustees of the NCTE Research Foundation support projects related to the teaching and learning of language, literacy, and culture. Grants will be awarded up to $3000 per grant award period and applications are due by October 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. CT.


High Mowing Organic Seeds Donation Program 

Deadline: 8/2/2017 

High Mowing Organic Seeds provides free seed to farm and nutrition education programs like school gardens, summer camps, seed libraries, community gardens, and disaster relief groups. The donation program provides a pre-determined bundle of 25 assorted seed packets. Each bundle includes a variety of vegetables and a few herbs and flowers. Contact or 866-735-4454.


Pets in the Classroom Teacher Grant Program 

This program from the Pet Care Trust is for preK-8 teachers in private and public schools who would like to introduce a pet into the classroom or already have one. Through the program, teachers can obtain a grant for the purchase of new small pets, pet environments, or pet food, and supplies for existing classroom pets. The program offers eight types of grants, including: 

• a Rebate Grant in the amounts of $75 (for small animal or birds) or $125 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store; and • a $50 Sustaining Grant to maintain an existing classroom pet. 

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