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So Long 2017…


We don’t know about you, but 2017 was a crazy ride. It seemed like it would never end, and yet it has. It was busy, but we accomplished a ton. We hope you had a great 2017 too.

To check out what we have been up to, read our Year in Review annual report on our website. Just look for Year in Review: 2017 on the News page.

Here are some highlights:

The 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest made a comeback. Here are the winning posters.


The 2017 State Arbor Day Celebration went off without a hitch. A great day outside for 1,200 teachers and students from 20 mid-Michigan schools.





We planted 64 new trees across the state through our Tree Planting Grant program and our partnership with Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.


We’re looking forward to another great year. Here’s to new friends, partnerships, and experiences in 2018!


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
© People’s Television

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.

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