Grant Deadline Reminders!

Educator Grants are to be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students. Amount awarded is not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly.
Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants are to be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators. Amount awarded is not to exceed $2,500.
University Research Grants are awarded for post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues. Amount awarded is not to exceed $1,000
Deadline: March 15, 2011. Applications are listed below. For more information on these grants, visit our website at:


Sodexo School Engagement Grants (Deadline: March 18)
The Sodexo School Engagement grant program is designed to address the need to ensure that every child in the United States grows up with access to enough nutritious food. The programs funded through this grant will engage teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about childhood hunger in their community, and in leading meaningful activities that facilitate access to nutritious food for all children, especially those most at risk. 10 grants of $5,000 will be awarded to teachers to implement a service-learning "Semester of Service" focused on childhood hunger, starting in September 2011 (Hunger Action Month) and going through Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 14-20, 2011). Applications are due March 18, 2011. Learn more at


Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (Deadline: March 15, 2011 - Activities Take 3-12 Weeks to Complete)
As citizens and future stewards of our planet, today's students are in a unique position to become active agents of environmental change. Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge - Encourages students from grades K-12 to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K to five), community (grades six to eight) and world (grades nine to 12). The goal of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is to do more than jus¬t give kids a chance to formulate an experiment and carry it out. Contestants explore an environmental problem that affects their community. As part of the challenge, students must also put together guidelines for how other communities could repeat the project, and they share those guidelines as part of th¬e contest. Prizes include scholarships, savings bonds, teacher awards, school grants, adventure trips, and green products. Learn more at

Learn and Serve America Youth Engagement Zones Grants (Deadline: March 31)
The Learn and Serve America Youth Engagement Zones grants will fund schools and organizations to help students come to class eager to learn and graduate ready to succeed. The grants will provide up to three years of funding to partnerships that connect high schools, community colleges, and community organizations in a close collaboration. Youth will learn and serve in a defined geographic area - a "Youth Engagement Zone" - that includes schools and school districts in which 70% or less of the students graduate and 70% or more live below the poverty level. Subject to the availability of appropriations for fiscal year 2011, CNCS anticipates the availability of approximately $5.7 million for new Youth Engagement Zones grants. CNCS anticipates making an estimated 5 to 7 grant awards that will range from approximately $700,000 to $1,500,000 to support three years of operations.

2011 Craig Tufts Educational Award (Deadline: March 31)
The family of Craig Tufts, Family Summits, Inc. and National Wildlife Federation announce the 2nd Annual Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Award, which is given to a young person between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend a week-long, summer outdoor educational adventure camp with a parent or guardian. The Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Craig Tufts, chief naturalist of National Wildlife Federation. Each year the Fund grants an award to one youth to attend a Family Nature Summit. The Fund provides travel, room and board and program fees for the award winner and an accompanying parent or guardian. This year's Family Nature Summit will take place in the Ozark Mountain Region of Missouri, August 1-7, 2011.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (Deadline: April 30)
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2011 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit

ING Unsung Heroes (Deadline: April 30)
Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. For more than 10 years, and with $3.0 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program's "alumni" have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Applications for the 2011 awards are now available. The application deadline is April 30, 2011.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants (Deadline: May 2)
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 students aged 17-20 selected from across the United States and Canada. The Board plays a leadership role in designing and overseeing a $5 million-a-year State Farm® funded service-learning initiative. The Youth Advisory Board funds grants for student-led service-learning projects in the United States and in the Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario provinces of Canada. These grants address, in a structural way, the issues of environmental responsibility, natural and societal disaster preparedness, driver safety, financial education, and accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap. The number of grants to be awarded will depend on the number and quality of requests received. Grant amounts will vary according to the nature of the proposal and availability of funds. However, at least one service-learning project will be funded in each of the thirteen State Farm zones which include the three provinces in Canada. The minimum grant amount is $25,000 and the maximum grant amount is $100,000. Applicants To receive a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, organizations/institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. Primary applicant should be either an educator who currently teaches in a public K-12, public charter, or higher education institution, or a school-based service-learning coordinator whose primary role is to coordinate service-learning projects in a public, charter, or higher education institution. Non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to actively interact with students in public K-12 schools.

Be Big In Your Community Contest (Deadline: June 17)
Bring YOUR BIG Idea To Life! We know you have some really great BIG Ideas about making the world a better place! Maybe you have a BIG Idea (or a small idea with BIG potential) that you've been thinking about? Now is your chance to put that Big idea into action. If you have a BIG Idea that demonstrates Clifford's BIG IDEAS and helps make your community a better place, tell us! The Be Big Fund will help bring the winning BIG Idea to life with help from Clifford and our friends at HandsOn Network and American Family Insurance. Awards include One (1) Grand Prize honoree, Ten (10) first place honorees and Nineteen (19) second place honorees will be selected.One grand prize entry will be honored with a $25,000 community grant, ten first place honorees will each be honored with a $2,500 community grant and the nineteen place honorees will each be honored with a $1,315.79 community grant (via HandsOn Network affiliate organizations or designees) from the BE BIG Fund to be used towards implementing the winning proposals.

Net Literacy Financial Connects Contest (Deadline: Rolling through June 30, 2011)
Net Literacy is a student-founded nonprofit where students comprise 50% of the board of directors. Thanks to support from State Farm, students from across the country to submit short videos that teach a lesson about the importance of financial literacy. Video entries win $100 to $500 and web-based games win $500 to $1000. We hope to give away $100,000 in prizes as students provide the content to build a national financial literacy using their words to explain the importance of being financially literate. Maximum Award: $5,000 for multiple entries. Eligibility: all full-time or part-time students - videos and games can be developed by a student, a group of students, or a classroom project.