​​Grant Programs & Funding Opportunities for Michigan Educators

eSchool News School Funding Center: http://www.eschoolnews.com/erc/funding
Information on up-to-the-minute grant programs, funding sources, and technology funding

Classroom Earth Grants & Funding Opportunities:  http://eeweek.org/toolkits/grants-awards
Database of funding resources for environmental education courses and professional development for 
Gr.9-12  teachers.

Grant Sources in the Great Lakes Region: http://www.great-lakes.net/infocenter/news/funding.html
Database of funding resources for the Great Lakes.

K12 Teacher & Schools Grant Information emailed to you! 

Kids Gardening: http://www.kidsgardening.com
School Garden Grants

Michigan Department of Natural Resources: www.michigan.gov/dnr
Search by name of grant program

School Grants:
Assists K-12 educators with the grant application process.

Teachers of Mathematics: http://www.nctm.org/Grants
The Mathematics Education Trust (MET) of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) funds special projects that enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics.

U.S. Department of Education Funding Initiatives: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-apply.html?src=pn
The Department of Education's (ED) portal site for electronic grants. From this site you may access all of the Department's web-based grant systems.

Grant Programs

Captain Planet Foundation: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/
Amount:$250 - $2,500
Deadline: September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
February 28th- typically for fall and winter projects
Additional Informtion:Projects must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, and involve K-12 youth. For more information, contact: Taryn Murphy at:(404) 827-4130 or tarynm@aptainplanetfdn.org

Future Fisherman Foundation: http://www.futurefisherman.org/f3programs/physh-ed/grant-information/
Future Fisherman Foundation has developed the Physh Ed grants initiative which offers grants in the amount of $2,500 to certified teachers in public, private or charter schools. Grants are awarded to schools to offer fishing and boating education programs as a part of a cross curricular curriculum that meets state academic standards. For questions regarding the Physh Ed application process, please email the Foundation at info@futurefisherman.org

Great Lakes Protection Fund: www.glpf.org 
Deadline: awarded quarterly (March, June, Sept., Dec.)
Additional Information: Funds projects that lead to tangible improvements in the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, promote the interdependence of healthy ecological and economic systems, and are innovative, creative, and venturesome.

AmeriCorps Funding: http://www.michigan.gov/mcsc/0.4608.7-136-33304--00.html
Additional Information: Michigan’s AmeriCorps provides people-power. Funds provided through Michigan’s AmeriCorps support a team of members who provide direct service to build or improve communities and generate volunteers to support their efforts.
Who is eligible to apply: Educational institutions (local school districts, intermediate school districts, colleges and universities, etc.), local government entities, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations that have their 501(c) 3 status and have been in existence for at least three years are eligible to apply for a Michigan’s AmeriCorps program. 

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation: http://www.mgaef.org/grants.htm
The Foundation seeks to facilitate the development and implementation of holistic environmental curricula that incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting. Accordingly, the Foundation is interested in contributing to the development, implementation and/or field testing of curricula that are consistent with the mission of the Foundation. Pre-proposals can be submitted at any time- you will receive notification of whether you can proceed to the full proposal stage within a week or so after you send your pre-proposal. 

MiCorps  Volunteer Stream Monitoring: www.micorps.net/streamgrants.html
Amount: $1,000 to $3,000 grant requests; total of $50,000 awarded annually. 
Deadline: February each year
Additional Information: To assist volunteer organizations in the development of programs to monitor streams and rivers. MiCorps staff provide training to all funded volunteer groups. 
Contact Paul Steen, MiCorps Program Manager, Ph: 734-769-5123 x14 or Email: psteen@hrwc.org

Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr (click on grants in right hand column)

Target Corporation Grants for K-12 Teachers: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants

(1)  Field Trip Grants
Deadline: accepted from August 1 to September 30
Amount: up to $700
Supports K-12 teachers taking students on field trips. These programs must have a curriculum component.

(2)  Arts Grants
Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: accepted from January 1 to February 1 each year
Funds schools and non-profits that bring arts and culture directly to students. These programs must have a curriculum component. 

(3)  Social Service Grants
Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: accepted from April 1 to May 1
Our Social Service grants are awarded to programs and organizations that directly provide food and shelter to the Twin Cities community or local at-risk families.

U.S. EPA Environmental Education Grant Program: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants_apply.html
Amount: up to $200,000
Deadline: December each year                 
Additional Information: Provides grants for high quality environmental education programs.

Wild Ones: School Gardens & Community Nature Areas: http://www.for-wild.org/seedmony.html
Amount: Cash awards range from $100 to $500. Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed for the grant-award year. Successful grants are eligible for partnership with SFE native-plant-nursery partners for discounts on seed, plants, etc.
Deadline: October 15
Additional Information: Project goals should focus on enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development, and increase the educational value of the site. Creativity in design is encouraged, but must show complete and thoughtful planning. The use of, and teaching about, native plants and the native-plant community is mandatory, and the native plants must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and the site conditions (soil, water, sunlight). The Project Coordinator should be knowledgeable and committed.

Examples of appropriate projects are:

  • Design, establishment and maintenance of a native-plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland, etc., in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom.
  • Developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
  • Developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water-quality improvement.

Wisconsin Energy Foundation: http://www.we-energies.com/foundation/index.htm 

Grant Opportunities

Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education