Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

2019 National Public Lands Day Department of Defense Awards - NOW OPEN

In commemoration of this year's National Public Lands Day, the Department of Defense, through the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment and the Natural Resources Program, will fund NPLD projects on military lands that are open to the public for recreation. The 2019 NPLD DoD Awards will provide up to $9,500 to selected installations to implement natural and cultural resources management, restoration, and/or enhancement projects on or around this year's National Public Lands Day on September 28, 2019. For 2019, DoD is asking applicants to think creatively! How can NPLD help DoD Natural and Cultural Resources Managers work more effectively? We seek proposals that enhance broader strategic or programmatic objectives, particularly for cultural resources. Applications for the 2019 NPLD DoD Awards are due by 11:59pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Before you apply, please take a moment to review the award details below.


Applicants must be:

  • a Department of Defense installation site that is open to the public for recreation, including lands managed by the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, or Navy. Lands managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers are not eligible for Award funds;

  • registered for National Public Lands Day.

Applicants must propose a project that:

  • takes place on September 28th (project dates that take place 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post NPLD are acceptable);

  • Describes a needed and well thought out project that can be completed by November 30, 2019.

  • Demonstrates how the project will:

    • engage a variety of volunteers in the project and create a positive experience for them;

    • improve or enhance broader strategic or programmatic objectives in natural and cultural resources conservation on the DoD installation; (engage installation natural and/or cultural resources managers if you do not know what these program objectives are)

    • involve or benefit the broader community;

    • promote a stewardship ethic among participants via project-relevant environmental education and communication opportunities.

  • Presents an appropriate and detailed project budget.

  • For previous award winners, recipient successfully completed past project(s) on time, achieved goals, and was responsive in communications with NEEF, including submitting a satisfactory Final Report.

Whatcom Country: Community Food Co-OP Opportunity

Every year the Co-op Member Affairs Committee and Board of Directors selects 12 community organizations to participate in our SEED program.

SEED program recipients receive 2% of the Co-op's total sales on their designated Community Shopping Day and all register donations made during the month. Organizations also have the opportunity to educate shoppers with in-store displays.


At Outdoor Research, we believe that small steps can lead to big impacts. The We Can Grant celebrates those small steps by awarding $10,000 to a non-profit that improves access to the outdoors within their own community. Tell us how your organization would use the We Can Grant for the chance to be selected as this year’s grantee.

LAND -People working to ensure that public lands remain open and accessible to all.

EXPERIENCE -People working to create a better experience on the lands that we access.

COMMUNITY -People working to introduce (or better include) underserved communities to the outdoors.

If this sounds familiar, and your 501(c)3 non-profit needs a hand with a specific project that will improve outdoor access even more, click the link below to apply.

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.

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. Next application due: July 15, 2019

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Applications are accepted at any time.
Fruit trees are provided for schools and communities in need.

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
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