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Other Sources of Funding for Your Project
The money from a GLSI grant can be effectively used as match to gain even more resources for your project. This is an especially great option for once the two years of GLSI funding have passed, and you would like to continue your project. Some sources of additional funding are listed below (keep in mind that this is just a selection of the resources available, feel free to do some research of your own as well):
- The Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan: As an important GLSI partner, the Community Foundation plays a large role in the logistics behind GLSI grants. That said, their website also lists a number of other local grants GLSI projects may qualify for.
- Michigan DEQ List of Funding Opportunities: A list of grants and funding opportunities managed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, some of which may fit well alongside a GLSI grant. The following may be specifically useful:
- Grants for School and Youth Gardens: Fitting for a school/community garden project
- Seeds for Education Grants: Fitting for an outdoor classroom, schoolyard habitat, garden, or habitat project.
- Captain Planet Foundation Grants: All GLSI projects should qualify for this grant.
- Cyber-Sierra's Conservation Grants: Most GLSI projects should qualify for these funds.
- Michigan Grants Available List: A searchable database of funds available for education and/or youth programs in Michigan.
- NEA's Green Across America: This grant opportunity sponsored by the National Education Association offers $1,000 grants for innovative education programs dedicated to helping students "go green."
- NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association offers grants supporting service-learning and Great Lakes stewardship education projects in addition to other environmental projects.
- Toyota TAPESTRY Grant: This grant program offers numerous grants to science teachers for innovative projects (like Place-Based Education!)
- SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards: This is an award instead of a grant, so would be a great opportunity for projects nearing completion to gain funds for continuing their effots. They award the outstanding efforts of students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.
- Ways to Help Awards: WaysToHelp.org invites teens to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas (including the environment). This would be a great oppotunity for high school students to help support their GLSI projects.
- Youth Service America: 25 years of youth changing the world. This website offers specific grants ranging from $500-$5000 for youth service projects within schools and communities.
EPA Environmental Education Grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant applications for $1.9 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. EPA expects to award at least 20 grants nationwide ranging between $15,000 and $100,000. Learn more
- Grants for Education in Microbial Science
The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, based at the University of Hawaii, awards grants of up to $1,500 to foster awareness in microbial science. Funds can be used for any project related to microbial science. Any educator within the United States may apply for one of these grants, but preference will be given to public school teachers, nonprofit organizations and first-time applicants. Learn more
AAAS Leadership in Science Education Prize for High School Teachers
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leadership in Science Education Prize for High School Teachers recognizes high school science teachers for the development and implementation of innovative methods for teaching and encouraging the next generation of scientists. Teachers must be currently employed as a science instructor in a public or private school for grades 9-12 in the United States or its territories. Teachers must be nominated by an administrator within their school, district or state. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize to support the development and continuation of the strategy, activity or program. Additionally, an announcement will be published in the AAAS website and in Science magazine and the winner will receive a one-year institutional subscription to Science magazine. Learn more