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Grant Opportunities for Green Schools

Environmental Education in Georgia
This website has an excellent list of grants, sorted by deadline, that are appropriate for funding green school activities in the classroom.  While you are there, also check out the listings of free resources, the calendar, and a lot of other great EE resources.

Outdoor Learning Symposium Scholarship

Teachers can apply for and use a KACCB grant to attend events such as the Outdoor Learning Symposium (OLS), Pollinator Symposium, and the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia annual conference. The OLS is an annual fall event intended for private and public school teachers, PTA volunteers, youth organization leaders, resources agency educators, nature center instructors, camp counselors, and all interested volunteers from across the state, providing opportunities for networking ,sharing lessons learned,  exciting outdoor teaching ideas, and strategies for taking students outside.  This year’s Outdoor Learning and Pollinator Symposiums will be virtual. See the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia website.

KACCB Green School Grant

There are three tiers of grants. The board will award ten $50 grants for classroom materials and small projects, ten $200 grants for larger green school activities, and three $500 grants. A total of $4,000 in grants will be awarded each year. Grants are for the support of Green School activities. Preference will be given to grants for materials that can be reused for multiple years or classes and the support of outdoor classrooms. However, all Green School activities will be eligible for support. Special consideration will also be given to proposals from applicants that have not received funding before. 

Grant Application  

Foundation for Excellence Grants and Awards
The Foundation for Excellence awards a variety of endowed grants annually.  Grant applications are due in June.

2019-20 Green School Grants

AwardeeAmountProject Summary
Whitehead Road Elementary$500The school garden committee and volunteers will build a deer resistant fence to shield the four raised beds in our courtyard on November 22 during UGA PSO day of service. This will also help define barrier for landscapers to avoid cutting/spraying that has been harmful to our cultivated plants in past years. Students will help decorate fence and attach information posters they create. Then students in first grade will create alphabet stepping stones to add a literacy component to the garden pathways between beds.
J.J. Harris Elementary$50Three classes will participate in the Symbolic Migration. Students will send paper butterflies to Mexico and learn about the migration of the real monarch butterflies. The symbolic butterflies build bridges of communication between students in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. United by the monarch butterfly, children across North America learn authentic lessons of conservation, cooperation, and ambassadorship.
Cleveland Road Elementary$500 (x2)Cleveland Road will use the funds to develop their garden and composting system. Ultimately they will develop a farm that will allow students to grow their own food and take the excess to market to sell. This money would be used to create a spark to a larger project that would ideally establish Cleveland Road as a cultural hub for all stakeholders. Most importantly this project will provide the students here at CRES the opportunity to see that hard work can produce something that will nourish their bodies and provide valuable, real-life experience. This project will create a long lasting change in the culture of the school and, ultimately their community.