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Grant & Fundraising

Here are some tips and links to help you find money to purchase our equipment and other classrom supplies in these tight economic times when school budgets have been slashed.

*Start with your parent association to support a WormWatcher for Earth Day!

*Make a request for someone to sponsor a WormWatcher in your school newsletter or on their website

*Ask the science supervisor for your area


Sample Grants


Year-round Grants

  • Schooolyard Habitat Program: Grants of up to $8,000 are awarded to help teachers and students create wildlife habitats at their schools. Schoolyard habitats offer teaching and learning opportunities in science, mathematics, English, history, geography, social studies, and art. See http://1.usa.gov/OthpKo
  • Earth Savers Club Grants: $50-500 for environmentally-focused, youth-led school, community, and faith-based groups that become a partner of the Earth Savers Club program. See http://www.grantwrangler.com/grantManager/templates/?a=1017&z=0
  • Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants: Grants available for grades 6-12 math and science teachers with innovative project ideas or material needs for their classrooms. Applications of less than $5,000 are accepted year-round. See www.toshiba.com/taf
  • The NEA Foundation: Awards 4,000 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning. Applications are accepted annually February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th. See http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/grants-to-educators/
  • Green Schools Foundation: Green Schools Foundation Grants provide an opportunity for staff to fund projects that will enhance student learning opportunities. Applications accepted in the spring in the fall. Awards ranging from $4,000-$11,000. See http://www.greenschoolsfoundation.com/academic_classroom/index.html

Upcoming Grants



  • STEM Innovative Educator Awards: McGraw-Hill will award $25,000 in cash and prizes to K-12 teachers who are pioneering effective techniques to engage their students in science, technology, engineering, or math. See https://www.mheonline.com
  • American Honda Foundation: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Awards between $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Next deadline for submission: May 1st. See: http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
  • Dominion: Dominion is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year for grants that provide elementary and secondary educators with the tools they need to revitalize math and science programs. Accepts grant applications up to $10,000. Applications due May 1st by 5 pm. https://www.dom.com/about/education/grants/index.jsp


  • VAST Mini-Grant for Teaching: “Provides seed money for innovative curriculum activities which expand learning opportunities for science students. The Project Director must be a member of VAST (dues paid for 2013), must have taught at the elementary or secondary level for a minimum of three years, and must be currently employed as a teacher.” Awards range from $200-$500. Applications due June 1st. See http://www.vast.org/grants.html#grant3
  • The SEPA Program: The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative K-12 STEM and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. Opening Date:  June 14, 2010 (Earliest date an application may be submitted). See: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-206.html


  • Youth Garden Grants: Five youth garden programs will receive $1,000 in gift cards, and 95 programs will receive $500 gift fards to purchase gardening materials and supplies. Applicants must plan to work with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. See http://bit.ly/PEb7rX
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers green education grants: The EPA awards grants annually based on funding from Congress. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million. Most grants will be in the $15,000 to $25,000 range and can be applied for locally. Applicants are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and complete the appropriate paperwork before the December deadline at www.epa.gov.   
  • Project Learning Tree GreenWorks!: Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program, and the USDA Forest Service offer funding for environmental education through their GreenWorks! grant program. Partnering with local business and community organizations, teachers and educators create an environmental neighborhood improvement project that blends service activities with the academic curriculum.  Grant awards range from $250 to $5,000. For further information, to review the GreenWorks! guide or to apply online, visit the PLT website at www.plt.org.

Keep An Eye Out For Next Year


  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. See http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/
  • Verizon Foundation App Challenge: The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. See http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/


  • NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants: Grants of $2,000-$5,000 are awarded to programs that seek to improve the academic achievement of students in public schools and universities. See http://bit.ly/RN3vZt
  • NEA Foundation Nickelodeon Big Help Grants: Awarded to K-8 public school teachers in four areas: environmental awareness, students’ right to a quality public education, health and wellness, and active community involvement. See http://bit.ly/Pp25hN
  • Intel Community Grants: $5,000-$10,000 grants support schools and communities where Intel is located, focusing on education, the environment, and the community. K-12 STEM programs and recycling and resource conservation projects receive preference. See http://intel.ly/Otpv8r
  • Open Meadows Foundation Grants: grant-making organization for projects led by women and benefiting girls. Provides awards of up to $2000 for projects that promote environmental justice. See www.openmeadows.org
  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program: Grants between $2000-$5000 for projects encouraging parental involvement and community building, particularly projects that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancements or landscape and cleanup projects. See http://toolboxforeducation.com
  • AEP Teacher Vision Grants: Awarded to preK-12 teachers who live or teach in AEP service areas or communities with major AEP facilities. Projects seeking to improve academic achievement by emphasizing science, math, technology, electrical safety, energy efficiency, and the balanced study of energy and the environment are preferred. See http://bit.ly/TCM6nl
  • Captain Planet Foundation Grants: Grants up to $2,500 are available for schools and nonprofit organizations that work to help youth understand the world through active, hands-on learning experiences that improve the environment in their schools and communities. See http://bit.ly/12REwpu



Where To Look For More Grants

For Virginia Residents:

Education Foundations -in many regions of Virginia

Adopt a Bin Program

If budgets are tight, consider sharing a WormWatcher and promote your efforts to BE GREEN daily by seeking sponsors.  Check out these templates for your use. Feel free to customize them -- and spread the word about vermicomposting.

Free Sample Activities


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