Grants with Absolute Deadlines

Deadline: May 4, 2018

Show us your students' creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living. The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

Deadline: November 6, 2017

The California Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL® grants program is accepting applications to support projects in California encouraging people to value and take action to improve the health of marine and coastal environments. Educational projects improving the quality of beaches or coastal or marine habitats are also eligible. There is also a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change and/or ocean acidification. Emphasis is on reaching underserved students or members of the public. Nonprofits, schools, and government agencies serving California audiences may apply. Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25-50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants up to $12,000. A total of $327,337 will be distributed. Applications to the California Coastal Commission must be postmarked by November 6, 2017. For full guidelines and an application, see the link at

Deadline: September 30, 2017

The Cedar Tree Foundation is interested in communicating the facts and urgency of environmental issues taught in schools in the United States by supporting organizations that provide summer professional development opportunities for current teachers. We are interested in programs which allow teachers to have an engaging hands-on environmental education experience with a cohort of other teachers, include networking and follow-up activities that support teachers in building their skills and bringing innovative and inspiring environmental stewardship education back to their classrooms in the fall.

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Youth Service America (YSA) is now accepting the 2018 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) Lead Agency program. The program offers organizations funding, recognition, and ongoing training to organize high-impact, high-visibility youth-led projects for Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). GYSD Lead agencies build a coalition of K-12 schools, youth development organizations, and community-based organizations in their region to activate youth to acquire 21st Century skills by solving community problems through service-learning projects. Selected organizations will receive grants of up to $1,000 to build a partner coalition of at least 10 other organizations that collectively activates at least 500 youth volunteers on GYSD

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online, that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs.

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Green Education Foundation (GEF) and Gardener's Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $250 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

Deadlines: October 1, 2017

Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an herb garden grant. The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 "Seed Money" to establish an herb garden (indoor or outdoor). The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources.

Deadlines: October 1, 2017

Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.

Previous Grants

Deadlines: May 15, 2017

The Look at Agriculture... Organically! grants are designed to creatively enhance the understanding of organic agriculture for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Grants of up to $1,000 will be provided to educators nationwide to support the integration of organic agriculture into regular classroom instruction. The grants are provided through a collaborative effort between the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) and the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation.

Deadlines: May 1, 2017

The Urban Greening Program, funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, will fund projects that transform the built environment into places that are more sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities by establishing and enhancing parks and open space, using natural solutions to improving air and water quality and reducing energy consumption, and creating more walkable and bike-able trails. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. This program emphasizes, and gives priority to, projects that are proposed by and benefit the State's disadvantaged communities.

Deadlines: April 12, 2017

Evergreen Packaging and are proud to present their third annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest! Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it's time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them.