CPF ecoSolution Grants

Captain Planet Foundation

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $2,500

Next deadline: Jul 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Jan 15, 2021

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.

ecoSolution Grants

ecoSolution™ Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of Captain Planet Foundation’s work over the last 25 years. In that time, we’ve funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling our mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents.

ecoSolution™ Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).

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

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.
    • Be solution-oriented
    • Be project-based
    • Be youth-led
    • Result in real, demonstrable environmental outcomes
  • Monetary support from CPF may be used for direct expenses associated with proposed projects. 


  • Preference is given to requests that have secured match or in-kind funding commitments to support projects


  • 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
  • Support for t-shirts, staff salaries, field trips, scholarships, beautification/ landscaping, etc. will NOT be considered.