CPF ecoTech Grants

Captain Planet Foundation

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Next deadline: Jan 15, 2021

Later deadlines: Jul 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Fields of work: Environmental Education Environmental Stewardship

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Captain Planet Foundation

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.

For close to twenty-five years, we have been activating generations of environmentally literate citizens empowered to protect and sustain the natural systems upon which all life depends. Through our four main program areas, CPF invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that inspire and teach youth to become collaborators and agents of change.

ecoTech Grants

Captain Planet Foundation grants are intended to:

  • Empower youth by providing hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities
  • Inspire youth and communities to become agents of change for their environment
  • Serve as a catalyst for education that uses the environment as a context for applied and STEM learning

ecoTech Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges. We believe that technology can present innovative ways to address environmental challenges – and that when dealing with digital natives, we do ourselves a disservice by asking them to unplug.

Originally developed in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and with ongoing support from Voya Financial, ecoTech Grants are specifically offered to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.

Examples of previous ecoTech Grant funded projects have involved: the integration of robotics and sensors to explore water bodies, collect data, and organize clean-ups; the development of aquaponic and hydroponic systems using arduinos and remote sensing; renewable energy design challenges; biotechnology research; nature-based design applications; and many others.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant organizations eligible for monetary support through Captain Planet Foundation must:
    • Be based in the United States.
    • Be exempt from federal taxation under the IRS Section 501 (includes most schools and nonprofit organizations), or have a fiscal sponsor that meets this criterion.
    • Maintain an annual operating budget of less than $3 million
  • Projects must: 
    • Be based in the U.S. 
    • Integrate the use of technology to address environmental problem (not iPads or other tablets) 
    • Be project-based 
    • Be youth-led 
    • Result in real, demonstrable environmental outcomes


  • This does not include simply adding iPads, tablets, or other smart devices to a project
  • Funds may not be used for:
    • Capital or building campaigns, purchase of real estate, or endowments 
    • General operating expenses 
    • Salary or contract services 
    • Beautification or landscaping projects 
    • Travel costs or field trips that are not an essential part of the proposed project (if included, identify the purpose of the field trip under “project activities”) 
    • Scholarships 
    • Expensive equipment that can only be used once or by a few 
    • Promotional items such as t-shirts, flyers, postcards, etc.


This page was last reviewed March 06, 2020 and last updated March 06, 2020