Green Leadership Grants

    Green Leadership Grants: Students Implement Change

    This program is designed to empower elementary, middle and high school students participating in the Dream in Green Academy’s environmental education programs by providing grants to support Green Team’s ‘green’ initiatives. 5th to 12th grade students learn to brainstorm ideas, manage budgets, work as a team, and execute projects that have a long-lasting impact on the environment.

    Program goals:

      • to support schools in creating projects that promote environmental sustainability;
      • to empower and develop student leaders through green initiatives at their school; and
      • to develop long-term behavioral changes and community sustainability.

    Grant Categories

    In the 2017-2018 academic year, Dream in Green will award 20 grants totaling $10,000 for Green Teams to design and complete monthly challenge activities and eco-summit projects from October 2017 to April 2018.  The breakdown is as follows:

    Monthly Challenge Grants (from October to March): Three (3) $500 grants per month to support monthly challenge activities included in the 2017-2018 Academy Guidebook. Monthly themes include energy efficiency, water quality & conservation, waste reduction & recycling, alternative transportation, ‘green’ living and food efficiency. We also encourage schools to create their own projects in relation to the environmental topic of the month.

    Eco-Summit Grants (April): Two (2) $500 grants to support Eco-Summits that showcase students’ ‘green’ projects to the wider school and community. For more information about how to create an Eco-Summit, please refer to the 2017-2018 Academy Guidebook.

    This funding is made possible by the Batchelor Foundation, Inc. 

    Qualifying Criteria

    To qualify for Dream in Green’s Green Leadership Grants, schools must meet the following criteria:

    • Schools must be enrolled in one of the two programs available under The Academy.
    • Applications must be written by 5th to 12th grade student members of Green Teams. Teacher champions of the programs can guide and review the students’ proposal.
    • A school may be awarded only one monthly challenge/Eco-Summit grant during the program cycle.
    • Checks can only be made payable to schools or school PTAs upon Dream in Green’s receipt of an invoice

    We will use the following evaluation rubric to determine best proposals:



    Submission Guidelines

    Submit the grant proposal form(s) found on the links below to tell us about the green project the Green Team would like to develop and implement at school. Your proposal should be concise and realistic, and must include a narrative, project timeline, budget and evaluation plan. Please keep to the word count suggested for each section.  The monthly challenge proposal form is now fillable!

    Green Teams that are awarded a grant are required to submit a follow-up report after project completion and are encouraged to share their completed projects on social media. Please use the following hashtag for your posts: #GreenLeadershipGrants #GLG #DIGGLG

    Proposal Forms:

    Grant Proposal Form

    Eco Summit Proposal Form

    Grant Deadlines

    Please make a note of the following deadlines for the grants:

    Monthly Challenges:

    Energy Efficiency & Conservation: Monday, October 2, 2017
    Waste Reduction & Recycling: Friday, October 27, 2017
    Water Quality & Conservation: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
    Alternative Transportation: Friday, December 22, 2017
    Green Living (Green Buildings/Green Careers): Friday, January 26, 2018
    Food Efficiency: Friday, February 23, 2018

    Eco-Summit: Monday, March 19, 2018



    Dream in Green staff want to know about the project you created!  Awardees of the monthly challenge/eco-summit grants will have 30 days to complete the project and 45 days to provide the required documentation, including pictures, project completion evaluation report and survey.  Contact Sophia at for more information.