Captain Planet Foundation: Ecotech Grant ProgramDeadline: May 31, 2014
The Captain Planet Foundation, in partnership with Ray C. Anderson, will award grants for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Projects may address:
Environmental Benefits: Promote understanding of environmental issues; directly benefit the environment through tangible outcomes (e.g., habitat restoration, water quality testing); engage students in hands-on stewardship activities.
Educational Value: Teach environmental content through hands-on, authentic science practices; integrate learning with state curriculum standards; may be multidisciplinary, combining learning objectives in several subject areas; provide opportunities for inquiry-style, student-directed, project-based learning; involve teachers directly in planning and implementation; increase capacity for effective teaching; develop children’s planning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Sustainability and Continuation: Involve community organizations, parents, and businesses who may provide long term support; employ ecofriendly materials and strategies to improve environmental quality, minimize adverse effects, and promote good health; have durability, lasting value, and effective strategies for project continuation after grant funds end.
Amount: Grants of up to $2,500 each will be made to approximately 16 organizations.
Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline basis through May 31.
Eligibility: Schools and organizations that are tax-exempt.