Funder: American Forest Foundation’s Project Learning Tree; Opportunity: GreenWorks grants; Funding Focus: Youth, education and the environment; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations; Funding: Multiple awards, up to $1,000 each; Deadline: Sept. 30 (the 2015 competition will open this spring).
Summary: Awards focus on K-12, pre-school efforts. Grants support educators who implement environmentally conscious community action and service-learning projects. Projects should address an environmental issue and involve students from pre-school to high school in hands-on community action. Funding requires 50% matching funds. Some examples of past grant projects include stream clean-up, graffiti paint-over and outdoor classrooms.
Traditional GreenWorks grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to environmental projects that demonstrate service-learning, exemplify student voice, involve at least one community partner, and can be completed within a year.
The funds can be used by students for many types of projects, including implementing recycling programs at their school, conserving water and energy, establishing school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improving a forest or restoring a natural habitat. Applicants must have attended a PLT workshop (http://tinyurl.com/nqxrtvm) either online or in-person.