Funding Opportunities

Dialogue for living together, Kazakhstan

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Dialogue for living together, Kazakhstan

CCE funding opportunities are available through numerous public and private organizations. Financial support can include grants for schools and community groups, achievement awards for both educators and students and environmental education scholarships.  Below are links to several donor organizations:

ACE Action Scholarships (USA)
California-based Alliance for Climate Education offers students grants and scholarships (up to US$2,500) for projects aimed at greening schools.

Big Lottery Fund (UK)
Britain’s Big Lottery Fund offers grants from £300 to over £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities. Proposals related to environment and education are encouraged.

British Ecological Society: Innovation in Ecological Education Grant (UK)
Grants of up to £1,500 to help teachers develop creative and innovative approaches in communicating ecology to young people of all ages.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation: A Cause with Effect
This British foundation offers small grants (maximum £5,000) for charitable projects undertaken by voluntary/community groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (UK). The foundation encourages proposals related to limiting climate change.

Captain Planet Foundation (USA)
Foundation distributes grants (US$250 – US$2,500) to support hands-on environmental projects with youth.

EPA Environmental Education Grants (USA)
EPA’s Office of Environmental Education supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.

Disney Planet Challenge Funding for Public School Classrooms (USA)
Disney's Planet Challenge is offering match funding to hands-on environmental project(s) submitted by 3rd through 8th grade teachers requesting $650 or less in materials. Full-funding is available to teachers who also sign up to participate in Disney's Planet Challenge after August 18th!

Greening Canada's School Grounds (Canada)
Organization receives applications on a rolling basis for funding to plant trees on Canadian school grounds.

International Partnerships for Sustainable Technologies and Services for Climate Protection and the Environment (Germany)
A Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FONA) offers funding aimed at introducing model projects to help establish and expand international partnerships in the research, development and application of environmental and climate protection technologies and services and to trigger the development of lead markets in this area.

NASA has funding available for cooperative agreements for projects designed to education students, teachers and lifelong learners about climate change. Funding is available for higher education institutions, state agencies, local agencies, or federally recognized tribal government agencies; public school districts; and non profit organizations.

National Science Foundation (USA)
The NSF offers grants through its Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program, which seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. 

National Solar Schools Program (Australia)
Australian Government program to provide funding to schools interested in installing solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.

Nature of Learning Grant Program (USA)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation offers annual grants of up to US$10,000 for this community-based outdoor environmental education initiative.

NOOA Environmental Literacy Grants Program (USA)
Grants available for projects that aim to catalyze change in K-12 and informal education through development of new partnerships, new approaches, new programs, and materials utilizing transformative methods that expand or lead to the expansion of the use of Earth System Science in K-12 and informal education. The goal is not just to increase knowledge of scientific phenomena but also to provide opportunities for the application of that knowledge to environmental issues.

Ocean Fund (Global)
Royal Caribbean International offers grants are made annually to a variety of non-profit groups and institutions conducting activities directly related to marine conservation. These activities cover ocean science and conservation projects that relate to climate change, key marine species and technology and targeted education of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. stakeholders and communities.

Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award (USA)
The National Environmental Education Foundation offers one US$5,000 award per year to an outstanding environmental education teacher.

Royal Society (UK)
Great Britain’s Royal Society offers up to £3000 in partnership grants to support teachers, scientists and engineers inspire young people through science projects. 

Sea World-Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards (USA)
Provides school groups who are working to protect and preserve the environment with monetary awards and national recognition.  Eight winning schools are selected each year to receive $10,000.

Solar Schools Program (USA)
A program sponsored by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to help schools in the company’s service area access resources to enhance the classroom experience, teach students about solar power and energy resources and receive the training necessary to teach about solar energy in the classroom. 

Spirit of Innovation Award (USA)
The Spirit of Innovation Awards program challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve 21st century, real-world problems. Prizes include a US$2,000 travel grant.

Switched on Communities:  Eco-Schools Grant Scheme (UK)
Grants of up to £5000 for institutions participating in the Eco-Schools program, a project aimed at reducing the carbon footprints in schools.

Thacher Environmental Research Contest (USA)
The 2011 contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data. First, second and third-place awards are for US$2,000, US$1,000 and US$500 respectively.

Tree Council: Grants (UK)
The Tree Council offers grants of u up to £500 for tree planting projects involving British youth under the age of 16.


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