BEF Great Idea Grant letter

Toyota Tapestry Grants
Deadline: January
Amount: up to 50 grants of $10,000 each, and 20 mini-grants of $2,500 each
Funds projects initiated by K-12 teachers in three areas: Environmental Science Education, Physical
Science Applications, Literacy and Science Education

Captain Planet Foundation
Amount:$250 - $2,500
Deadline: March 3, September 30, and December 31 (proposals reviewed quarterly)
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

Lowe’s Outdoor Classroom Grants
Amount: up to $5000
Deadline: annually
Funding preference for projects with a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and
outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build
stronger community spirit will be favored.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
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.

Merck Family Fund
Deadlines: February 1 and August 1 each year for full proposals. New requests for support to the Merck
Family Fund should be made by a letter of inquiry rather than with a full proposal.
The Merck Family Fund seeks to:
i) To restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. ii)
To strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.

Wildflower Association of Michigan
Due January each year. Grants up to $500. Awards grants annually to fund projects involving the creation
of an outdoor classroom, the enhancing of an existing site, or other educationally directed projects that
support the WAM Mission

Midwest School Garden Grant
Elementary, middle, and high schools serving low- to middle-income students located in Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and
Wisconsin are eligible. Educators should be planning to use the garden to teach students life skills,
reinforce academics, develop environmental stewardship, and encourage students to make positive choices
for themselves and the planet. Both established and start-up garden programs are encouraged to apply.
Winners will receive $1,000 in materials and funding to lay the foundation for their garden program.

Support for ‘Green’ Teaching
(1) $2,500 grant for an environmentally-friendly project.
(2) $5,000 grant for an environmentally-friendly project.1:1 cost-share required
To be considered for the program, applicants must explain how the proposed project will benefit or enhance
the learning experience of kids, as well as its relevance to the environment, being active and living healthy,
and/or community service. Elementary and middle schools including grades K-9 (public and private notfor-
profit) and after-school community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status serving kids age 5-15.

Youth Garden Grants Program
Amount: Five programs will receive gift cards valued at $1000 (a $500 gift card to Home Depot and $500
gift card to Gardening with Kids catalog and store) and educational materials from National Gardening
Association. Funds programs that emphasize: educational and/or curricular ties, nutrition or plant-to-food
connections, environmental awareness/education, entrepreneurship, social aspects of gardening such as
leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.

Youth Garden Grants
Deadline: varies
The National Gardening Association awards 400 Youth Garden Grants to schools, neighborhood groups,
community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational programs throughout the U.S.
which consists of an assortment of quality tools, seeds, and garden products generously contributed by
leading companies from the lawn and garden industry. To be eligible, groups must plan to garden the
following year with at least 15 children between the ages of 3-18 years. Selection will be based on
demonstration of a child-centered plan that emphasizes children directly learning and working in an outdoor
garden. Selection criteria include leadership, need, sustainability, community support, innovation and
educational, environmental and social programming. 800-538-7476, ext.205 or

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