FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Following are current funding opportunities available for nonprofit organizations, students and/or educators:

MEEA's Get Em Outside Mini-Grants Deadline December 31, 2014

Celebrating environmental education, the purpose of the “Get Em Outside Mini-Grant” program is to support educators in their efforts to take students outside for learning opportunities. The mini-grant recipients should highlight their use of funds and how those funds will enhance students’ connection with a sense of place and hands-on learning experiences. With this funding, MEEA would like to be able to provide valuable resources possibly not available otherwise to both formal classroom and nonformal educators across Montana, fostering excellence in environmental education.

About the Funding:
Funding for MEEA's first mini-grant cycle came from the Emerson Juliette Graham’s Memorial Fund, which raised over $5,000. Since then, MEEA has made direct financial support of EE programs in Montana a budget priority.

2014-2015 Mini-Grant RFP and application

Final Report Guidelines

 

Montana SMART Schools Challenge Deadline October 30, 2014

The Montana SMART Schools Challenge (Saving Money and Resources Today) is a project of the Montana Governor's Office, in partnership with the Montana chapter of the US Green Building Council.

SMART Schools are schools that commit to promoting energy efficiency, waste reduction and health. The SMART Schools Challenges have been set up to incentivize this.

The SMART Schools Challenges are divided into three categories - Energy Challenge, Recycling Challenge and Green Schools Challenge. By signing up for one, two or all three of the SMART Schools Challenges, schools are eligible for: a $1,000 prize, a free investment-grade energy audit (worth $20,000), statewide recognition as a SMART School, technical assistance and mentorship, scholarships for building operator certification trainings (worth $2,000), benchmarking tools, mini-grants for recycling equipment ($500), and many more resources. Schools have until October 30, 2014 to sign up. See the flyer here or go to www.smartschools.mt.gov.

 

Project Polar Bear Deadline October 31, 2014

Every year, Project Polar Bear challenges teams of young leaders (ages 11-18 in the U.S. and Canada) to develop local community projects that reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere in one of three categories: Saving Energy, Zero Garbage or Transportation. This contest is sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world's leading polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat. Our focus is on research, education, and action.

Registration for this year's contest is September 1-October 31, 2014. Teams will work on their projects through March 15, 2015. We'll announce the winners on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. We're especially interested in how creative teams can successfully engage their community in a sustainable action project. Because PBI believes strongly in rewarding the efforts of individuals who change their communities, a prize of between $500 and $750 in a cash grant will be awarded the highest scoring teams to sustain the effort created in the contest. More information at: Polar Bears International

 

National Science Foundation: Advanced Informal STEM Learning Program Deadlines January 14, 2014 and November 14, 2014

The solicitation seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports five kinds of projects: 1) Pathways, 2) Research in Service to Practice, 3) Innovations in Development, 4) Broad Implementation, and 5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops. Proposals are due January 14, 2014 and November 14, 2014. Please see the NSFL AISL web page on InformalScience.org for more information.

 

Greenpal's Scholarship for Tomorrow's Entreprenuer

The purpose of The GreenPal Small Business Scholarship is to assist a motivated, driven student and future business leader. We believe that the generation of today's students are the future employers of tomorrow. The future of our county will be forged by the entrepreneurial spirit of today's generation. We will begin accepting applicant entries for the 2015 period on November 1st, 2014 and will be awarding the Spring award by May 30th, 2015. Find out more at YourGreenPal.com