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Nature Works Everywhere Grants Available!

The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program is awarding grants to K-12 public and charter schools across the United States. Check out the details below!

To find this information on their website, click here.

Grants for K–12 schools

students and their teacher work at planting in their school garden
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We are awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States. See the detailed grant description linked on this page for full requirements, guidelines, important dates, and online application information. Samples of an application, an applicant commitment letter, and an administration letter of support are also available.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 PM ET November 3, 2017.

To start a new online grant application, visit the grant application website. If you do not have an account there yet, choose “New Applicant.” After you create your account, you will receive an email confirming your account creation. Use the link provided in the email to start your application.

Or, if you have already started your application, you can sign in and edit it.

Email us if you have questions.


School Garden Grants Now Available!

If you’re looking to start a garden at your school, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth program can help you!
The program will be awarding 20 grants across the United States to bring gardening to the classroom. In addition to food/veggie gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, rain, and native habitat gardens.
Applications are now being accepted. The deadline is October 8, 2017.
Check out the information below to get started!

School Garden Grants

We’re awarding $25,000 in grants to grow healthy, happy, nature-connected kids!

School gardens provide an exciting context for cross-disciplinary learning and a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on activities, project-based learning, and citizen science. Kids benefit from gardens in academic, physical, emotional, social, and behavioral ways. We are excited to support teachers’ efforts to engage kids in outdoor learning and all its benefits!

We will award 20 grants to teachers within the United States who strive to take the classroom outside, reconnect students with the natural world, and teach them valuable concepts and skills that integrate across all subjects. In partnership with our amazing sponsor, Alaska Fertilizer, we’re thrilled to support 20 teachers with a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit. Funds can support a new garden or the revitalization of an existing one. In addition to funding food/veggie gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.



Application Process & Eligibility

The application is open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. Homeschool families, daycare facilities, and informal education settings such as nature centers and museums are not eligible. We cannot support U.S. territories at this time. The online application process opens August 21, 2017 and will close October 8, 2017 at 11:59pm ET. Email with any questions.

Grant Application Questions

For those of you looking to prepare for the application, below are the questions. Review our Spring 2016 Garden Grant Winners for inspiration!

  1. Please tell us what you’d like to do to support the building or revitalization of your school garden. Describe in detail what you’d like to accomplish.
  2. Where is/will the garden be located? When do you anticipate beginning your project and over what time frame do you think you will implement it?
  3. Who will participate in the construction of your garden? Who will have access to the garden upon completion?
  4. How do you plan to integrate gardening for birds or habitat creation/improvements? Please give us some details about your plans.
  5. What learning/educational outcomes do you hope for?
  6. How much funding are you requesting and how will you use the funding (plants, supplies, curriculum, seed, professional development, etc.)? Your chances of receiving an award will be higher if you are specific with your budget. Grants range from $500-$2,000. You may not receive the amount you request. Grants will be based on need and impact.


Grant Details & Timeline

Each school selected will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit, gardening supplies from Alaska Fertilizer, and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs and overall funding requests.

  • Application window: August 21-October 8, 2017.
  • All winners notified by October 20, 2017.
  • BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit will be sent to winners immediately.
  • Selected winners must attend a 1.5 hour online training either November 1 at 7pm ET or November 2 at 8pm ET. After the training, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided.
  • Between November and June, the winning schools must implement their proposed garden plan and the kit lessons.
  • A final report is required no later than July 1, 2018 from each school. This final report will consist of a brief survey and sharing the school’s progress on the BirdSleuth Action Map. Upon submission of the final report, each school will receive the remaining 25% of the funds to support continuation of the project.

About Alaska Fertilizer

Alaska Fertilizer produces fish emulsion fertilizers, made from by-products of the fishing industry. High in organic matter, these fertilizers make use of otherwise wasted nutrients. These fertilizers are useful on all types of plants, easy to use, difficult to over-apply, harmless, and organic – making them ideal for school use!

Green Infrastructure Grants Available for Small Communities


Green infrastructure grants available for small communities

Jun 1, 2017 | News and Announcements

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program. The Mini-Grant Program will provide funding to help small and medium sized communities improve water quality, manage stormwater, and enhance community well-being. Grants of up to $20,000 USD will support green infrastructure (GI) implementation in U.S. or Canadian municipalities with fewer than 500,000 people. Eligible projects include GI pilot installations, removing institutional or policy barriers, educational programming, developing partnerships with other agencies, or community GI planning efforts. Applicants are restricted to municipal government agencies, regional authorities, or registered nonprofit organizations serving eligible communities.

Mini-grant recipients will join the Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Network and be paired with a mentor who has successfully implemented GI in their community. Both the mini-grant program and mentoring network are part of the Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program, led by the GLC with support from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. The goal of this program is to catalyze the adoption of GI practices and policies across the Great Lakes basin by providing mid-sized municipalities with resources they frequently lack.

For more information about the RFP and Mentorship Network, please go to our website. The Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Champions Pilot Program will also hold webinars to discuss the RFP and Mentorship Network on June 13, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and July 10, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (register for these webinars here). The deadline to submit proposals is July 31, 2017.

Tree Planting Grants Available for Michigan


Contact Information:  

Jennifer Hunnell, Program Coordinator

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5


Website:                  Sent:  3-3-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-6-17


Tree Planting Grants Now Available to Michigan Communities

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is currently offering local units of government, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments the opportunity to apply for a Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant.

 This program was previously known as the Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grant. In 2017, the Go Green Youth Challenge was replaced by our Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. Our dedication to tree planting and educating about all the wonderful benefits trees give us has not changed and so it was decided to maintain the grant program under a new name.

Grant applicants may request up to $2,000 to fund tree planting projects in their community.  Grant funds may only be used to purchase trees.  Applicants must show evidence of a 1:1 match for anticipated money.  This is a statewide grant opportunity for Michigan projects only.

 Grant applications are available on the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s website.  Please visit to download an application.  Applications are due by mail no later than April 28th, 2017. Funded plantings must be completed by December 31st, 2017.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank our program sponsors for helping make these programs possible: ITC, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Eaton Conservation District, and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.


The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

DNR Announces 2017 Community Forestry Grants

Up to $90,000 available for forestry projects statewide

Contact: Kevin Sayers, 517-284-5898
Agency: Natural Resources

Aug. 9, 2016

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of grant applications for the 2016-17 DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program.

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, schools and tribal governments are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:

  • Urban forest management and planning activities.
  • Tree planting on public property.
  • Urban forestry and arborist training and education events and materials.
  • Arbor Day celebrations and materials.

“Assistance provided through this grant program will help communities and partners interested in creating and supporting long-term and sustained urban and community forestry projects and programs at the local level,” said Kevin Sayers, Urban and Community Forestry Program coordinator.

Grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 16, 2016. Projects awarded funding must be completed by Sept. 1, 2017. All projects must be performed on public land or land that is open to the public.

A total of up to $90,000 is available for projects statewide. Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be cash contributions or in-kind services but cannot include federal funds.

For a grant application or more information, visit the DNR website at, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or, or write to DNR Forest Resources Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

Tree Planting Grants Available from DNR/DTE

Everyone likes to plant trees. Trees are great. They provide shade to buildings which reduces energy usage and cools our cities, provide homes and food to animals, and clean our air and water. Trees can even make us happier. The question that comes with tree planting, however, is how to pay for them? Contrary to the old saying, money in fact doesn’t grow on trees.

Yet with this question comes several organizations, agencies, and corporations willing to help solve the issue. Right now applications are being accepted for tree planting grants by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Through a partnership with DTE Energy, they are offering up to $3,000 to fund tree planting projects across the state. Eligible applicants must be within DTE’s service territory.

The press release below has more detailed information about this grant program. The deadline for applicants is June 10, 2016.


April 27, 2016

Contact: Kevin Sayers, 517-284-5898 (DNR) or Randi Berris, 313-235-5555 (DTE Energy)

DTE Energy Foundation and DNR partner to offer annual community tree-planting grants

$75,000 available in matching grants up to $3,000 each

DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are partnering once again to fund tree-planting projects across Michigan. A total of $75,000 is available in matching grants of up to $3,000 each, to be awarded on a competitive basis. The 2016 DTE Tree Planting grant application period opened Monday, April 25, in honor of Arbor Day, which this year is observed Friday, April 29.

This marks the 19th year of the DTE Energy Foundation partnership with the DNR, which has resulted in nearly 40,000 trees and seedlings being planted in 490 Michigan communities. The program, paid for by the foundation, is administered by the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry program.

“Launching DTE’s annual tree-planting initiative during Arbor Week provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about trees and the environment,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, public affairs, DTE Energy and president, DTE Energy Foundation. “DTE has a long history of environmental stewardship and helping to ensure that the communities we serve are healthy and vibrant.”

Eligible applicants include local units of government, nonprofit organizations, tribes and schools and must be located within the service territory of DTE Energy. Tree-planting projects must occur on public property such as parks, street rights-of-way and school grounds. All grants require a 1-to-1 match, which can be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds.

Grant applications must be postmarked by Friday, June 10, 2016, at the address below. Award announcements are anticipated in August for projects that must be completed by May 31, 2017.

For more information, or to get a grant application, visit the DNR’s Urban Community Forestry website at, or contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898, via email at or by mail at P.O. Box 30452 Lansing, MI 48909.

Funding for Field Trips to Forests

Field trips can be a great way to get students out into real-world situations. They reinforce classroom lessons and help visual learners better understand complex topics. Science is a subject that benefits greatly from field trips.

The idea of forests as classrooms shouldn’t come as a surprise, but how to get your classrooms to the forest? Field trips cost money and money is something all teachers struggle with.

Enter the Wheels to Woods! Fund. This Fund helps K-12 schools pay for transportation costs for an educational field trip to a nearby forest. Funds are not competitive – funding will be awarded if available and if the field trip provides outdoor education in a forest. Any public or private K-12 school is eligible to apply. Other groups for young people (i.e. Girl/Boy Scouts, FFA, 4-H, etc.) are also eligible to apply, but are a secondary priority to K-12 schools.

The Wheels to Woods! Fund will reimburse actual transportation costs up to $350 per bus with a max. award of $1,000 per school or group per academic year. In addition, the Michigan Tree Farm Committee, partners in this program, will help connect schools with local forest landowners who enjoy hosting field trips or suitably nearby public lands if the school does not own forest land themselves.

For more information about this program and how to apply, visit the American Tree Farm System resource documents page ( Look for the Wheels to Woods Program Application under “Miscellaneous.” There is also a link to the PDF in the image below.