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Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

Environment Grant - OPEN

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with funding support from US Forest Service (USFS), is offering $32,200 through mini-grants for health promotion activities that will also help restore and protect America’s forests.

Awarded grantees will be expected to conduct activities on:

  • local Forest Service lands,

  • other federal partner public lands,

  • local and municipal public lands, or

  • public lands within urban communities that seek to connect to urban forests and nature-based spaces.

Grant-funded activities will mobilize a diverse community of volunteers, primarily youth and families from Latinx/Hispanic communities, and educate participants about how protecting the long-term sustainability of their local public lands greatly benefits people’s health.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 PM EST, Friday, March 1, 2019

Average Award Amount: Applicants can request up to $4,000. Awarded amounts will vary based on the scope and cost of work proposed by each applicant, quality of the submissions, and the review and selection process.


Climate Generation Teacher Institute
– Join Climate Generation in Washington, DC, August 5-7 for their 14th annual Teacher Institute. This year’s program focuses on integrating climate change into social studies, humanities and ELA. Highlights include new humanities curriculum and a field trip around D.C. featuring their climate action plan.


EPA Environmental Youth Award

NEW DEADLINE: Applications are now being accepted through March 8, 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.go


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Apply Now for the Barron Prize – Deadline is April 15! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring young heroes ages 8 to 18 in the U.S. and Canada who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, fifteen winners each receive a $10,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Applications Now Accepted for the President’s Environmental Youth Award.


No Child Left Inside Grant Program

Due: July 15, 2019
Hello potential grant applicants and other interested parties! Washington State Parks and the Recreation and Conservation Office are excited to announce that the No Child Left Inside Grant Program (NCLI) will officially open for new applications on January 2, 2019.

The Washington State Legislature created the No Child Left Inside grant program to provide underserved youth with quality opportunities to experience the outdoors. Grant funds are available for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.

  • PRISM Opens for Applications: January 2, 2019

  • Pre-Applications Due (for technical review by RCO): March 1, 2019

  • Applications Due: April 1, 2019

  • Projects Approved for Funding: July 15, 2019

  • Project Completion Date: June 15, 2021

Applications for EcoTech Grants
The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for its Ecotech Grant program, which supports projects that motivate children through the science, technology, engineering, and math fields while challenging them to re-imagine the way their world can be.

The program was created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between "the screen" or "the green" and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

To that end, grants of $2,500 will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations for projects that use innovation, nature-based design, and/or technology to address an environmental problem in their communities. Ideal projects should integrate environmental education with opportunities for children to solve real-world problems by using science practices and technology. Projects may replicate a successful model or create a new and innovative approach.

Examples of previous ecoTech™ grant-funded projects have involved the integration of robotics and sensors to explore water bodies, collect data, and organize clean-ups; the development of aquaponic and hydroponic systems using arduinos and remote sensing; renewable energy design challenges; biotechnology research; and nature-based design applications…

To be eligible, applicants must be a school or nonprofit organization based in the United States. Project leaders must be employed at the same school or organization for the duration of the proposed project.

See the Captain Planet website for complete program guidelines, information about last year’s grant recipients, and application instructions.

Washington State 2019 ArcGIS Online School Competition

This online mapping competition sponsored by Esri, is a great opportunity to engage students in researching a topic of interest, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and presenting an interesting story to literally a worldwide audience. No coding is required, as students will create configurable applications using their own content. 

The competition is open to high school (grades 9-12) and middle school (grades 4-8) students in Washington State and other participating states throughout the country. This is the first year Washington State is participating and we hope to be able to showcase interesting stories about Washington and the talents of our students.

We ask that you register with the State Leadership team by March 1, 2019. This will give us time to make sure you have all the information and help that you need and track the statewide participation.

Questions? Please email AGOLCompetition@k12.wa.us


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