Funder: Pioneer Hi-Bred International Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 foundation grants; Funding Focus: K-12 education; Geographic Focus: National (where the company has operations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $5,000 each; Deadline: None.
Summary: The foundation’s focus areas include: K-12 science and agriculture education; food security, sustainable agriculture and healthy food issues; and local community betterment. Organizations with active management/employee participation receive priority consideration. Requests may be submitted anytime and are reviewed quarterly.
One innovative youth program is a partnership with Halau Kaululauae, a Hawaiian hula school located near the Pioneer research station in Kunia, and Malama Learning Center, a nonprofit that brings art, science, conservation, and culture together to promote sustainable living throughout Hawaii. An important part of the hula tradition is the use of native Hawaiian and cultural plants to make leis and use in cultural events. In the past, hula practitioners would have gathered flowers, leaves and ferns from natural areas, however these plants are becoming more difficult and expensive to acquire.
Through the grant program, students at the Malama Learning Center work with the Halau Kaululauae instructors to identify needed plants and flowers, then propagate those plants for planting on Pioneer research farms.
Info: http://tinyurl.com/kxc98yu; 515/535-3200.