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Grant Opportunities for Green Schools

Environmental Education in Georgia
This website has an excellent list of grants, sorted by deadline, that are appropriate for funding green school activities in the classroom.  While you are there, also check out the listings of free resources, the calendar, and a lot of other great EE resources.

Outdoor Learning Symposium Scholarship

Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) funds two (2) $100.00 scholarships for the Outdoor Classroom Symposium yearly. Current ACC Green Schools receive first priority. The Outdoor Classroom Symposium offers educators from around the state creative ways to connect to the outdoors. The Symposium is organized by the Council On Outdoor Learning (COOL), a coalition of organizations and individuals who share an interest in the design, development, maintenance, use and longevity of outdoor classrooms. Its mission is to serve teachers, parents, administrators, and community volunteers as a resource link, providing up-to-date training and literature. Symposium registration and session information can be found at   

KACCB Green School Grant

There are three tiers of grants. The board will award ten $50 grants for classroom materials and small projects, ten $200 grants for larger green school activities, and three $500 grants. A total of $4,000 in grants will be awarded each year. Grants are for the support of Green School activities. Preference will be given to grants for materials that can be reused for multiple years or classes and the support of outdoor classrooms. However, all Green School activities will be eligible for support. Special consideration will also be given to proposals from applicants that have not received funding before. 

Grant Application  

Odum Grants February
The Eugene Odum Environmental Grants Program promotes opportunities for young people to learn about environmental issues and develop a vision for solving environmental problems through hands-on activities. Proposals are accepted from K-12 students in Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Jackson and Oglethorpe Counties. Previous recipients are encouraged to apply again. Winning proposals will be selected based upon merit and feasibility and the degree of student involvement in planning and implementing projects.  A maximum of $200 is available for each project.  For the full announcement, guidelines and proposal form please see documents below.  All completed grant proposals must be submitted to The University of Georgia Office of Sustainability.

Foundation for Excellence Grants and Awards
The Foundation for Excellence awards a variety of endowed grants annually.  Grant applications are due in June.

Sandy Creek Nature Center Founders Grant
The Founders Award was created in 2013 as a way to encourage, recognize and promote science education in the Clarke County School District. This year, the Founders Award will be granted to three teachers: one elementary, one middle and one high school.  Each $300 award can be used to purchase books, classroom resources or materials to be utilized in the teaching of science. The deadline is June 15, 2016. Grant Application 

2015 KACCB Grant Winners

The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful board is proud to announce that it will award a total of eight grants to area schools for Green School projects.  Each school will be awarded $200 per grant to support environmental education in the classroom.  

  • Steven King’s students at Whit Davis Elementary will be making an herb garden which will be used as an outdoor learning space. Students will cultivate the herbs and use them in preparing vegetables from their vegetable garden.
  • MaryLauren Schroeder’s students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School will transform the area behind their classroom into a functional garden to learn about growing and caring for plants. They will grow edible plants to be used to make healthy snacks/meals.
  • The Nature Explorers Club made up of PreK Students at the HT Edwards Early Learning Center will buy plants and materials for their weekly lessons. Students explore nature and plant and each lesson includes a hands-on gardening or nature exploration experience. The 12- week club culminates in a Garden Party, where the class harvests and eats the vegetables grown in their gardens!
  • Sandy Thoms' fourth grade “Passion Project” students at Oglethorpe Road Elementary plan to create a cold weather gardening structure with the goal of distributing plants to other students. They plan to hold a workday to build the frames and hoop houses and follow up with planting days and garden maintenance throughout the remainder of the school year, summer, and their fifth grade year.
  • The students in Kathy Setzer’s PreK class at Athens Montessori will use planters purchased with their grant funds to grow flowers and vegetables. Students will plant, tend, and harvest from these container gardens as a regular part of their school day.
  • Kay Parrish’s Garden Club at Cleveland Road Elementary will add to their established garden using their Green School Grant. Students will create a pollinator garden with perennial plants for bee and butterfly observation and will use flowers they harvest to honor the Teacher of the Month.
  • Lifespan Montessori will install an outdoor observation bee for students to observe and use in lessons. The mission of the community partner, The Bee Cause, is to "stimulate curiosity in young people about the importance of honey bees in our lives and the need to understand and embrace them and to care about their well-being through the installation of bee hives in 1,000 schools." Lifespan would be the first school in Athens to acquire a hive from this partner.
  • Laura Beth Willman at Athens Christian School is installing raised beds to be used by ACS Agriscience/FFA and a 5th grade Jr. Master Gardener program. Students involved in the project will learn how to grow vegetables. ACS' student body is disconnected from the farm and this project will allow students to eat, take home, and reconnect with where their food comes from.
  • st joes shroeder KACCB garden grant 2015 Students at St. Joe's work on their new garden.

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