The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District offers a Recycling Container Grant
to help non-profit organizations and schools in Cuyahoga County start, expand and improve recycling and composting programs by assisting with the purchase of recycling and composting containers. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $3,000 in grant funds. Applications are due in February.
Other Grants for Schools
Classroom Earth is offering professional development grants to middle and high school teachers who want to make wildlife conservation part of their curriculum. The grant enables applicants to take one six-week online course offered by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Application deadline is February 1.
Seeds for School Sustainability
The Green Schools Committee of the NEO United States Green Building Coalition has up to $250 available to educators for sustainability-based student projects. The application is simple, and you'll have to "pitch" the project at a NEO USGBC event. Applications will be accepted on a ongoing basis with pitch events held four times a year. For questions, (email Kathleen Rocco), Green Schools Committee Co-Chair or 216.443.3731.
Greenworks Grants of $200-$2,000 are available from Project Learning Tree at the national level, for projects involving youth and adults in communities, with positive environmental effects. Someone trained in Project Learning Tree activities should be involved. Tip: Request a letter of support from Sue Wintering in the Ohio PLT office before applying. Call 614.265.6657 or click here.
Learn and Serve Ohio Grants
Learn and Serve Ohio grants are available through the Ohio Department of Education for schools to develop service learning programs to help students and communities address education, public safety, human and environmental needs. Ohio schools can apply for up to seven years of continuous funding, through different types of grants, for a total of $133,000. Contact Charlotte Jones-Ward at 614.466.8920.
Ohio Environmental Education Fund Mini Grants
Ohio Environmental Education Fund mini grants of $500-$5,000 are offered by the Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education, with application deadlines every January 15 and July 15. Projects must show how education activities will align with Ohio's Academic Content Standards. Construction activities are not eligible. Larger grants up to $50,000 are also available, but are much more competitive. Tip: Submit a draft early to the OEEF staff for a pre-review. Call 614.644.2873.
Ohio EPA 319 Grants
Ohio EPA 319 grants (named for Section 319 of the Clean Water Act) pass federal funds through to local watershed organizations to improve water quality. These sometimes include funding for education components. Contact your local watershed coordinator. Find your watershed coordinator via the Ohio Watershed Network.
If you're a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife, Planet Connect is offering grants of $1,000 to implement projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.
Toshiba America Foundation Grants
The Toshiba America Foundation encourages programs, projects and activities that have the potential to improve classroom teaching and learning of science, mathematics and the science and mathematics of technology. Funding is available for private and public schools, grades K-5 and grades 6-12. Applications for small grants ($5,000 or less) are accepted year round.
Youth Venture provides seed money grants of up to $1,000 for new youth-created, youth-led, sustainable ventures that benefit the community. Youth ages 12-20 who want to start a new ongoing environmental club or organization can get guidance on how to plan, organize, and launch their venture, along with funds for start-up expenses.
Welch's Harvest Grants
The Welch's Harvest Grant award is open to PreK-8 classrooms in the United States with a minimum of 15 students who plan to use outdoor or indoor gardens to teach students about nutrition and sustainable agriculture. Two winning schools will be selected from each state. Winners may choose between an outdoor or indoor garden package filled with a variety of garden tools, seeds, and educational materials.