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.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, Dream in Green will award 17 grants totaling $10,000 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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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.
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 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 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 monthly 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:
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. The monthly challenge proposal form in now a fillable form!
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 #GLGDIG
Monthly Challenge/Eco-Summit Grant Proposal Form:
Please make a note of the following deadlines for the grants:
Energy Efficiency & Conservation: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Waste Reduction & Recycling: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Water Quality & Conservation: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Alternative Transportation: Friday, December 22, 2017
Green Living (Green Buildings/Green Careers): Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Food Efficiency: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Eco-Summit: Friday, March 21, 2018
Eco-Hubs: Friday, December 22, 2017**
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 & survey, 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 & survey, pictures and receipts. Contact Sophia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions.