Grant and Award Opportunities

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants:
Environmental Responsibility Category

From global climate change and environmental education to wildlife conservation and land preservation, StateFarm grantees create and implement powerful service-learning projects that improve both our local and global environment. To learn more about this issue area, please visit their projects area. Click here - applications not yet available for 2015.

Application Deadline: TBA, 2015

Young Eco-Hero Awards

Action For Nature has created the Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8-16. If you are passionate about protecting the environment and are working on a project to research, take action and/or teach others about environmental preservation, you could win public recognition, cash prizes and certificates for your outstanding efforts! The 2015 registration is open so check the criteria & requirements and begin planning your submission today!

We Can Change the World Challenge

Siemens and other organizations invite you to participate in their We Can Change the World Challenge. Challenges are specific to Elementary, Middle and High School level classes, so find the right challenge for your class and start working on your entry! Prizes include fully funded class trips, Discovery Channel school assemblies, scholarship money for students, and more!

President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA)

The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's young people. One outstanding project from each EPA region will be selected for national recognition. Open ALL K-12 students in the U.S. See site for examples of past subject areas. Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that the experience is frequently a life-changing event for many of the young people and sponsors who attend. Applications are due December 31st.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

In all participating countries, SIWI co-operates with a national organisation that arranges a national Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition.The national and international competitions are open to young people between the age of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects focusing on local, regional, national or global topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. If you are interested in taking part in a national competition, please contact your national organiser. 

Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Competition

The Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Competition is designed to bring the
hard facts about school food to entire school communities – in the students’ own words. It is
a competition for U.S. high school student journalists, ages 13 to 18. Articles submitted for
consideration must be about the need for healthy, sustainable school food and must have
been published in a school newspaper.

Best-selling author and food activist Michael Pollan will judge the finalists and select the
winners! First prize: $500. Second prize: $250. Third prize (x3) $100.
Plus, $200 for your journalism class and the opportunity to have your work publicized on our
websites and through our extensive networks. Contest partners: Earth Day Network, Edible
Schoolyard Project, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Dr. Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

This annual $10,000 award will be given to one female and one male public high school senior. The winners will have demonstrated evidence of their academic and extracurricular commitment to environmental stewardship within the urban context through their development and execution of sustainability-themed projects (for example, recycling, energy monitoring, parks stewardship, greening). These projects will also have promoted the spirit of civic engagement in fellow students and the community at large. The award is intended to be put to use by the student for their first year of college.

Applications for 2015 may be submitted through from fall of 2014 onward. Eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel representing the Rockefeller Foundation, the Midler Family Trust, NYRP, and NYC Parks. Awardees will be notified in Winter, 2015. The award will be administered by the Municipal Art Society and given at their annual meeting in late February. Click to LEARN MORE


General Grant and Award Information


Planet Connect

Find ongoing and current opportunities available to students of all ages at Planet Connect!



National Education Association (NEA)

Throughout the year, the NEA Foundation awards close to 200 grants to support educators' efforts to close the achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development. There are two primary grant categories open to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Applications for both can be completed online.

Green Cup Challenge from the Green Schools Alliance

    A month-long energy reduction competition involving over 100 schools across the country. Many schools report that the Green Cup Challenge has been instrumental in rallying their school around the common goal of energy conservation and in promoting a culture of environmental stewardship.

    Keep an eye out for the upcoming 2014 challenge, dates soon to be announced

    Also register by September 20th for the NYC DoE Energy Challenge, October 2-30 and Green Cup Recycle Challenge. Registration for 2014 is upcoming. For more information and to register for either competition, please see the Green Cup Challenge Website: