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 will learn to brainstorm ideas, manage budgets, work as a team, and execute projects that will 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 2016-2017 academic year, Dream in Green will award 17 grants totaling $22,750 for Green Teams to design and complete monthly challenge activities, eco-summits and ‘eco-hubs’ projects from October 2016 to April 2017. Here is the breakdown:

    Monthly Challenge Grants (from October to March): Two (2) $550 grants per month to support monthly challenge activities included in the 2016-2017 Academy Guidebook. Monthly themes include energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and 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) $575 grants to support eco-summits that showcase students’ ‘green’ projects to the wider community. For more information about how to create an Eco-Summits refer to the 2016-2017 Academy Guidebook.

    ‘Eco-hub’ Grants (December): Three (3) $5,000 grants to create or transform an area of the school into a vibrant ‘green’ educational space that incorporates elements related to The Academy’s monthly topics. Green Teams submit a proposal to improve or create an indoor or outdoor area of the school into an educational hub where students gather to learn about the environment, raise awareness about its associated challenges, and come up with hands-on solutions for the monthly challenges. See our Eco-Hub guidelines for more information.

    This funding is made possible by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency EPA

    Qualifying Criteria

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

    • Schools must be enrolled in one of the three 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 can be awarded only one monthly challenge/Eco-Summit grant during the program cycle
    • All schools can apply for the Eco-hub grants even if they were awarded a montly challenge/Eco-Summit grant
    • Checks can only be made payable to schools or school PTAs upon receipt of an invoice

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

    green-leadership-grant-rubric

     

    Submission Guidelines

    Submit the grant application form(s) found on the links below to tell us about the green project you would like to develop and implement at your 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.

    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
    Monthly Challenge/Eco-Summit Grant Proposal Form

    Monthly Challenge Proposal Form

    Eco-Summit Grant Proposal Form

    Eco-Hubs Grant Proposal Form

    Grant Deadlines

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

    Monthly Challenges:

    Energy Efficiency & Conservation: Monday, September 26, 2016
    Waste Reduction & Recycling: Monday, October 24, 2016
    Water Conservation: Monday, November 28, 2016
    Alternative Transportation: Monday, December 19, 2016
    Green Living (Green Buildings/Green Careers): Monday, January 30, 2017
    Food Efficiency: Monday, February 27, 2017

    Eco-Summit: Friday, March 17, 2017

    Eco-Hubs: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Reporting

    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 receipts, project completion evaluation report, and pictures.  Awardees for the ‘eco-hub’ grants will have three months to complete the project and 30 days to submit the project completion evaluation report, pictures and receipts. Use the report guidelines below for guidance:

    Project Completion Evaluation Report Guidelines