Environmental Curricula Grants

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation


Grant amount: Up to US $1,500

Next deadline: Oct 2, 2018 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Oct 19, 2018 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

Environmental Curricula Grants

The Foundation seeks to contribute to the development, implementation and/or field testing of environmental curricula that meet the mission, goals below. 

Grant Mission
The mission of our grant program is to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that: 

  • Integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and 
  • Incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving. 

Grant Goals

We have developed our grant program with the following goals: 

  • To empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems; 
  • To promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world;
  • To train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

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

Eligibility:

  • Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies and others.
  • The only criterion is that we are required to provide funds to an organization, not to an individual.
    • If you are self-employed, you need to find a sponsoring organization.
  • We fund organizations across the globe, for example in Tanzania, Kenya, Guatemala, Chile and Bangladesh. 
  • To be awarded a grant, environmental curricula must:  
    • Show a holistic approach;
    • Strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles);
    • Include experiential integrated learning and problem solving;
    • Be founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design;
    • Incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting;
    • Present controversial issues objectively, stressing the development of individual student opinions.

Preferences:

  • We summarize the kinds of proposals we are most likely to fund: 
    • Students address an important local or global problem
    • Students design and conduct experiments or research projects in order to learn how to do science, while at the same time learning important content.
    • Lessons integrate classroom learning and field learning. all of our successful projects include both field-based learning that extends beyond a simple "field trip" and classroom-based learning.

Ineligibility:

  • The only criterion is that we are required to provide funds to an organization, not to an individual. If you are self-employed, you need to find a sponsoring organization.
  • A common reason we don't fund a proposal is it is a proposal with limited scientific content.


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