Grant Ideas & Tips

It is our experience that the best way to find sustainable outside funding for a program at NatureBridge is to find an organization or individual in your community with the resources and the passion to support environmental science education. Here are some resources to help you get started in your search for school grants.

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Grants for Teachers

Below is a list intended to give you ideas for possible program-funding grants. Some of these grants may not be used to help fund your trip, but instead would help fund complementary curriculum and long-term environmental stewardship projects in your school and community.

America Honda FoundationSupports projects with a focus on math, science, the environment, and technology. Awards can range from $20,000 - $60,000.

Captain Planet Foundation: Awards that usually range between $250 to $2,500 for projects that promote understanding of environmental issues and focus on hands-on experiences for students.

The National Education Assocation (NEA) Foundation: Goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures.

Target Field Trip Grants: Funds up to $700 for field trips to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies. Applications accepted annually after August 1.

Toshiba America Foundation: Funds project ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms.

Philanthropic Ventures Foundation: Funds up to $1,000 for field trips, to cover the costs of "transportation, admission fees and food" for K-5 schools from Alameda and San Mateo Counties.

Save the Redwoods League: Awards range between $1,500 - $5,000 for educational programs in a redwood forest. Can be used for 1-day or 3-5 day trips. 

Every Student Succeds Act (ESSA) Funding: Congress recently allocated $1.1 billion for Title IV, Part A of Every Student Succeeds Act. Make a funding request for your district before July 2018.

Grant Writing Tips

We suggest that you contact the following free public resources to get you started. Keep in mind that the best source of funding for you would be those organizations that give funds directly to schools and/or teachers for innovative programs.
The Foundation Center: This website has multiple resources for grant seeking, including lists of foundations, newsletters, and instructions on how to prepare a proposal.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: An informative resource list for schools and nonprofit organizations looking for funding.