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Grant Opportunities for Green Schools

Environmental Education in Georgia
This website has an excellent list of grants, sorted by deadline, that are appropriate for funding green school activities in the classroom.  While you are there, also check out the listings of free resources, the calendar, and a lot of other great EE resources.

Outdoor Learning Symposium Scholarship

Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) funds four (4) $50 to $70 scholarships for the Outdoor Classroom Symposium yearly (amount based on the registration rate (member/non) plus $10 for travel). Current ACC Green Schools receive first priority. OLS is an annual fall event intended for private and public school teachers, PTA volunteers, youth organization leaders, resources agency educators, nature center instructors, camp counselors, and all interested volunteers from across the state, providing opportunities for networking ,sharing lessons learned,  exciting outdoor teaching ideas, and strategies for taking students outside.  This year’s Symposium will provide sessions on Georgia reptiles and amphibians, Georgia geology and biogeography, garden math, citizen science, and much more. The Symposium begins at 8:00 am with registration followed by age-oriented outdoor learning sessions, networking opportunities, and a super lunch provided by local chefs. 
Symposium registration and session information.

KACCB Green School Grant

There are three tiers of grants. The board will award ten $50 grants for classroom materials and small projects, ten $200 grants for larger green school activities, and three $500 grants. A total of $4,000 in grants will be awarded each year. Grants are for the support of Green School activities. Preference will be given to grants for materials that can be reused for multiple years or classes and the support of outdoor classrooms. However, all Green School activities will be eligible for support. Special consideration will also be given to proposals from applicants that have not received funding before. 

Grant Application  

Foundation for Excellence Grants and Awards
The Foundation for Excellence awards a variety of endowed grants annually.  Grant applications are due in June.

Sandy Creek Nature Center Founders Grant
The Founders Award was created in 2013 as a way to encourage, recognize and promote science education in the Clarke County School District. This year, the Founders Award will be granted to three teachers: one elementary, one middle and one high school.  Each $300 award can be used to purchase books, classroom resources or materials to be utilized in the teaching of science.  Application

2018-19 Green School Grants

AwardeeAmountProject Summary
HB Stroud Elementary$300Courtyard garden restoration project for STEM classroom.
St. Joseph Catholic School$200Purchased water testing kits to help the SJS RiverWatch Team to further monitor McNutts Creek once a month and report the data to the GA Adopt-a-Stream program.
St. Joseph Catholic School
$500Used funds for the enhancement of the existing gardens and the creation of a rain garden around the rainwater drain. Creating a rain garden benefits middle school students in their studies of stormwater management and the water cycle.
Clarke Middle School$500Used funding to create wheelchair accessible garden beds to create a space in which all can participate and feel welcome.
Athens Community Career Academy$500ACCA expanded the culinary arts garden with two new raised beds. They currently compost all vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, cardboard, and eggshells produced in culinary arts classes. This compost is used in the culinary school garden. Future projects include raising funds to purchase a Farm Bot kit to collaborate with Engineering students to build, code/program this precision farming learning tool.
Cleveland Road Elementary$1000Funding supports the beginning of a garden and composting system at CRES. Ultimately CRES will develop a farm that will allow students to grow their own food and take the excess to market to sell. This garden and composting project will create a spark to a larger project that will ideally establish Cleveland Road as a cultural hub for all our stakeholders.