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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.

Captain Planet Offers Grants for Schools


The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

The Foundation’s Small Grant program offers funding for innovative programs that inspire youth to participate in community service through environmental activities. Public schools and most nonprofits are eligible to apply for grants of $500-$2,500. The first deadline is January 31, 2016. That is around the corner, but there is a second funding cycle next year and that deadline is September 30, so if you miss this first one you will have another opportunity.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all 3 of the following to be considered for funding:

  • Be project-based;
  • Projects must be performed by youth; and
  • Projects must have real environmental outcomes.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
  • Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
  • Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

For more details about this grant program and how to apply, visit their website.

Mini Grants Available for K-6 Classrooms

If you are a K-6 classroom in the Greater Lansing area and looking for some additional funding for a project this school year, then this opportunity with the Capital Region Community Foundation may be for you.  By the way, this is an opportunity to introduce your students to the grant writing process because the grant application has to be filled out by them!  What a great way for students to really take ownership of a classroom project.  If you’re interested, hurry, the deadline is November 1, 2013.

Mini Grants Now Available for K-6 Classrooms with Additional Funds Available for College Positive Projects

The Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) has $4,000 in grant funds available for Elementary School Mini-Grants for classroom projects in the greater Lansing area. Mini-Grants of up to $500 are designed to introduce young people to grantmaking and philanthropy while encouraging meaningful short-term projects that promote a positive learning environment. This year, an additional $1,500 in grant funds are available specifically for projects that encourage or promote a college positive community.

Projects should promote a positive learning environment and can take a variety forms within this theme. YAC members have identified the following suggested project focus areas:

  • Higher Education– visit a college campus, address overcoming barriers to getting to college, bring in speakers with various occupations and higher education degrees
  • Anti-Bullying– host a guest speaker, organize community conversations, develop an awareness/prevention campaign that encourages inclusion and disability awareness
  • Arts & Culture– visit museums or have a culture day with costumes and props
  • Environment & Science– build a garden, raise awareness of recycling, visit a nature center

Download the application form and guidelines on this webpage (look to the right). Application deadline: November 1, 2013. Contact Ashley Gulker with questions.



Applications Now Being Accepted for 2013 Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grants

The 2013 Go Green Youth Challenge was a great success, exceeding goals set for the program in 2012.  We had over 200 Michigan students participate in the fundraising portion of the program, which takes place from January until April each year.  These students learned about the importance of trees to their communities while helping to create a greener Michigan.  With the help of Michigan’s youth, as well as program sponsors, this year’s Challenge raised $16,193!

As a result of this, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is once again offering their Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grants.

Eligible applicants include non-profits, local units of government, tribal governments, public educational institutions, churches, neighborhood associations and public libraries.  All applicants must be in Michigan.  Grants can be funded for up to $2,000 and can be used for the purchase of trees.  As of this posting, funds can only be used toward tree purchases, however this may change in the future to include other planting and tree care supplies.

Grant applications are due by mail by August 19, 2013.  Unfortunately, email and fax submissions are not accepted at this time.  Funded applications will be notified in September and planting projects must be completed by December 31, 2013.

You can download an application by clicking the hyperlink or by visiting our website.  The page for the grant also contains links to helpful information for tree species selection, planting, and maintenance.  A Tree Planting Guide produced by MADA is also available within the website on the Education page.  View previous grant plantings by checking out our Photo Album.

If you have any questions regarding this grant or any of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s programs, please contact Jennifer Hunnell by phone at 517-543-5848 ext. 5 or by email at

pic 3-cropped2012 Grant Planting Project in the Village of Sparta

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Raise up to $5,000 for you school in minutes

It’s almost that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program.  Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and we’re dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school.  Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Now in its 6th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided nearly $25 million to more than 5,000 schools across the country.

Imagine what you could do for your school

Increase parent involvement?  Build stronger community spirit?  Create a new school tradition?  The ideas are endless.  Whatever goals and dreams you have for your school, we can help you fulfill them!

2011-2012 Grant Application Update

For more than 60 years, Lowe’s has supported the communities we call home.  At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to make ends meet, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes that we must increase our focus on basic, one-time project needs.

Again, this year, we challenge ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through these challenging times efficiently and with the greatest impact.  In 2011-2012, basic needs will take priority.  Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Toolbox for Education grant in the 2011-2012 academic year.  Thank you.

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Lowe’s will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent-teacher groups – to more than 1,000 different public schools.  Click here to see if you are eligible!

Preference will be given to projects that have a permanent impact (facility enhancements, landscaping/cleanup projects, etc) or projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit.

View the original announcement here.  To apply click here.


2012 Planet Connect Youth Engagement Grants


Environmental solutions for the future can begin with you!

Whether you’re in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. In many places, wildlife faces challenges. Are you a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife and its habitat in your community? Planet Connect is offering high school students grants of $1,000 to implement their problem-solving projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation.

Wildlife conservation issues exist all around us—and so do opportunities to address these issues. Start paying attention to changes happening in your community and think outside the box. Wildlife and their habitats are not just located in the woods or forested areas—they are in the trees in your backyard, the shrubs around your school building and everywhere else.  Ask yourself, what local wildlife habitats or natural resources are being threatened and by what? What problem is this creating in your community? What can you do to help?

Once you have focused in on a specific issue occurring in your community,  think about specific goals for your project, and the steps you will need to take in order to address the problem. Do you see any opportunities to protect or preserve wildlife habitat? In some cases, it may require creating a new habitat or perhaps conserving certain areas alongside development. Think about what kind of project could be developed to address the issue. Can you think of something that could get your whole community involved? What will the positive impacts be for the community? Perhaps you could add support and fresh ideas to efforts that are already in place.

In the application you will be asked to create a timeline for implementing your project, as well as a detailed budget, describing how you will tackle the problem, what tools you will use, who you will work with, and what positive outcomes you foresee. If chosen as a winner, you will be provided $500.00 to turn your project into a reality.  After completing your project in June, you will participate in an 80-hour wildlife conservation or natural resource internship in your local community during the summer of 2012.  At the end of the internship you will be awarded a $500.00 stipend.

Here’s your chance to make a difference!


Find out more information about this grant here.

Apply now! Applications are due February 1, 2012!