Private Funder: Constellation Energy; Opportunity: E2Energy to Educate Grants; Funding Focus: K-12 education, children and youth; Geographic Focus: National, in the 17 states the company serves (https://goo.gl/dk97cF); Eligibility: Students in grades 6-12 and in two- and four-year colleges (projects must reach a minimum of 100 students); Funding: Grants up to $25,000 each are available for 6-12 grade projects and up to $50,000 for college projects (Constellation made $1.8 million in grants last year); Deadline: Oct. 1.
Summary: The program funds student projects to increase understanding of energy-related science and technology issues. Past grantees have focused on hands-on wind turbine design, electric and solar vehicle competitions, battery design and energy storage. Energy company customers may apply, but don’t receive any funding preference. STEM projects received a healthy share of funding. Solar One (New York) received a grant for the Green Design Lab (GDL) a hands-on sustainability curriculum aimed at greening urban schools. GDL utilizes the school building as both a laboratory for learning and a tool for environmental change to enhance student environmental literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. A helpful FAQ section is located at: https://goo.gl/cjMwpG