Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

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.

No Child Left Inside Grant Program

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

Scholarship & Grant $ for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop

Registration Deadline:
Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:59pm
The July 1-11, 2019 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for formal and informal science educators. $1500 scholarships are available for HS/AP science educators, and $1250 scholarships are available for K-12 educators. Apply by February 1, 2019.

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 on demonstrated advances in climate innovation, cross-sectoral collaboration, and student preparedness.

Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN)

Organization: National Aquarium
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019, 12:00am

Conference Date and Time: Monday, July 15, 2019, 5:00pm to Friday, July 19, 2019, 11:00am

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