Opportunities

Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

Recycle Bowl from Keep America Beautiful
Register now through October 10th

Recycle-Bowl (link is external), Keep America Beautiful’s national K-12 school-based recycling competition, begins on Oct. 16 and culminates on America Recycles Day (link is external), Nov. 15. Champions are crowned in five categories: School Division, Community Division, District Division, Waste Reduction and Food Scrap Collection.

Through participation in Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day, the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States, Keep America Beautiful is helping communities spotlight recycling on a local level by educating students and community members on how and what to recycle, while providing an array of resources to improve recycling in America.

New this year, Recycle-Bowl is partnering with PepsiCo, a presenting sponsor, to offer participants the opportunity to concurrently sign up for PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally program.

Registration for the fun and engaging four-week in-school Recycle-Bowl competition is open to teachers, school administrators, school facility managers, PTA/PTO and other parent groups and local recycling advocates. Recycle-Bowl registration will remain open until Oct. 10, one week before the start of the competition.


NOAA Climate Program Grant
Applications Due: Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:00pm

NOAA announced funding for climate research programs. Eligible programs can include research to improve observations and monitoring of the climate system, advance understanding of the climate, improvements in modeling and prediction, community engagement related to climate change, and research on interactions between climate and society. Applicants are encouraged to support the principles of diversity and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work.

Washington state teacher Scholarships for Endorsements

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program provides financial support to Washington State certified teachers who seek to expand their knowledge and skills by adding endorsements in subject or geographic shortage areas. This includes the Environment and Sustainability Endorsement.

This program is administered jointly by the Professional Educator Standards Board (responsible for selecting recipients) and the Washington Student Achievement Council (responsible for distributing awards). Funding for this program is dependent upon annual budget appropriations from the Washington State legislature. The state laws establishing this program include the RCWs on Retooling (28A.660.045) and Conditional Scholarship Programs (28A.660.050). Educators need to obtain administrative support and submit complete application materials to be considered for an award.

Residency for Scientists/Ecologists

Organization: PLAYA
Location: Summer Lake, Oregon
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017, 8:59pm

Residencies of two and four weeks at PLAYA, a remote residency location in Oregon for scientists and artists. Time to do creative work in a beautiful natural setting. Deadline for spring 2018 residencies is September 1, 2017.

“How Will You … End Littering?” Video Contest

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:59pm

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, launched its second annual effort to tap into the imagination and innovation of our nation’s youth to continue to advance its fight to End Littering in America. The "How Will You…End Littering?" Video Contest, open to students in grades 9-12, asks the next generation of community stewards to share their ideas about how to end littering by educating and motivating people to properly dispose of their trash.