Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

16th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Close Dates: Dec. 11, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the 16th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I Request for Applications (RFA). This collegiate design competition promotes the use of scientific and engineering principles in creating innovative projects to address environmental challenges and develop real-world solutions. This RFA is seeking applications in the research areas of Air Quality, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, Sustainable and Healthy Communities, and Chemical Safety.

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET for an informational webinar about the P3 RFA and application process.  Webinar details will be posted on the P3 website.

P3 Program:

The P3 program is a two-phase team competition. For the first phase, interdisciplinary student teams compete for one-year grants of up to $25,000 for project ideas addressing environmental solutions.  Recipients use the funding to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. In the spring, Phase I Teams attend the National Student Design Expo to showcase their projects and designs.  Phase I teams are eligible to compete for Phase II funding of up to $100,000 to implement their projects in a real-world setting.

P3 was developed to foster progress by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet - people, prosperity and the planet. EPA’s P3 Program offers technical solutions to environmental challenges while supporting education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These grants propel the next generation of scientists, engineers, and researchers to think critically about current events and develop innovative solutions.

The P3 Student Design Competition is part of EPA's Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program, which supports the development of science and tools to help communities make better decisions toward a healthy society and environment. 

Pacific Northwest Funding opportunities: The 2019 NOAA Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity is now open.

The full FY19 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov under funding opportunity number  NOAA-NOS-ONMS-2019-2005862. 

Areas served: States of Oregon and Washingto

Washington State Green Ribbon Schools
Applications are due December 15, 2018

All public and private schools and public school districts are eligible to apply.

The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Green Ribbon Schools Program is a comprehensive program that recognizes schools and districts that have made significant achievements towards:

  • Reducing the school/district's environmental footprint

  • Creating a healthy community for students and staff

  • Increasing environmental and sustainability literacy

Schools and districts will be evaluated based on their progress towards these concepts and a wide variety of green benchmarks including energy conservation and efficiency, food that is locally sourced and sustainable, and curriculum that ensures all students are environmentally and sustainability literate.

Schools and districts that wish to be considered must complete the Washington State Green Ribbon Schools or District application

If you have any questions regarding the Washington Green Ribbon Schools program, please contact Rochelle Gandour-Rood at Rochelle.gandourrood@k12.wa.us or 360-725-4976.  The agency TTY number is 360-664-3631.Deadline Extended to October 31, 2018!

Higher Education Climate Leadership Awards
Eligible institutions must be current signatories of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments (Carbon Commitment, Resilience Commitment or Climate Commitment).

This year, in addition to the Climate Leadership Awards in the 2-year and 4-year category, institutions will have the opportunity to win an award in one of three new categories: Student Preparedness, Cross-Sector Collaboration and Climate Innovation, if they exhibit exceptional strength in any one of these. You will also have the opportunity to be featured on the "Top-5 Universities and Colleges to Watch in Climate Leadership 2019" list that will be published in January

Second Nature’s 9th Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovation and leadership in climate action, including mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. They do so based ondemonstrated advances in climate innovation, cross-sectoral collaboration, and student preparedness.

One Earth Award Scholarship—Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Deadline: Dec 14, 2018
The One Earth Award provides $1,000 scholarships to four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change. Deadlines to submit works vary by region, with the earliest deadlines being at the beginning of December 2018. Visit our guidelines and deadlines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.

Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN)

Organization: National Aquarium
Conference Date and Time: Monday, July 15, 2019, 5:00pm to Friday, July 19, 2019, 11:00am
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019, 12:00am

Applications are currently being taken for teams of five high school age youth to participate in the UCAN project. Teams must be sponsored by a 501(c)3 community organization.

Applications Now Accepted for the President’s Environmental Youth Award

Applications are due February 1, 2019
The application period is now open for the 2018 President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) program. The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation's natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement. Winners of this year’s awards will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in mid-2019, and have their project mentioned on EPA’s website.

EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s 10 Regions – one regional winner for Grades K-5 and one regional winner for Grades 6-12. All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21.

For questions, please contact PEYA@epa.gov.

Conservation Fellowship at the University of Washington

Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2019.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a diverse, committed, and creative community from around the country that aims to change the face, practice and future of conservation.

What we do:  We support emerging conservation scholars in developing innovative perspectives and skills by providing opportunities to strengthen connections between nature conservation, identities, and environmental justice.

Who we’re looking for: We are looking for 20 undergraduates who reflect cross-cultural perspectives with an emphasis on students from underrepresented groups in the conservation field.

The details:

  • Multi-year program, 8-weeks per summer (mid-June through mid-August)

  • Location: Washington State

  • Paid travel, lodging, and food

  • Additional Stipend: $4,000/summer, total $8,000

  • Application Open: November 13, 2018

More about the program:

  • Year One: Scholars engage in field excursions facilitated by diverse conservation professionals and gain experience with interdisciplinary conservation practices while exploring the intersections of nature conservation, identities, and environmental justice. 

  • Year Two: Scholars engage in internships with a government agency, community, or non-governmental organization that is positioned within the conservation field  or that works at the intersections of nature conservation, identities, and environmental justice.

Bulk Native Plants for Sale in NW WA- Washington Conservation Districts

Learn about available plants - and reserve plants for 2019 (several species will sell out quickly).  Willows and cottonwood cuttings longer than three feet are also available by request (priced per foot).

There is a $200.00 minimum and plants are sold in bundled quantities only. 

Bow Seat's Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition

Organization: Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Announced: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 12:00am
Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019, 11:59pm

This international competition challenges middle and high school students to lead a creative campaign in their school or community that educates others and inspires action to reduce or prevent marine debris. Open to students worldwide from ages 11-18 with an adult sponsor. The Competition is free to enter, and students can win a scholarship of up to $5,000! The deadline is is June 17, 2019, but students are encouraged to register project ideas early