Financial support remains one of the most challenging areas for schools and school districts looking to make positive changes. We continue to seek outside funding opportunities and resources for for schools throughout the year, and will update this page periodically. If you have an idea for a project or program for your school or district, and don’t know where to get started, contact our Healthy Schools PA coordinator!
Below is a list of current grant opportunities:
School Buildings and Facilities
- Request for Proposals
- Driving PA Forward – School Bus Retro-fit Grant Program
Approximately $30 million is being allocated over a 5-year period to fund rebates for class 4 – 8 school buses, and shuttle buses. Replacing or repowering vehicles containing older diesel engines with new technology can reduce emissions by up to 90%.
- EPA Tools for Schools Grants
Numerous sources of funding are available to create and support healthy, productive school environments for students and staff in areas like Environmental Education, School Bus Clean Diesel Rebate program, School Gardens, and High-Performance Green Schools renovation and capital improvement projects (PA only).
- Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Community Grants
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education awards mini-grants to eligible schools and communities in two cycles yearly (spring and fall). Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education grant program is funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, which has supported thousands of grassroots community and school projects in the communities where Lowe’s does business.
- The Home Depot Community Improvement Grant
The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations (recognized and in good standing with the IRS for a minimum of one year) and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be completed within six months of approval date. These grants are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Keep America Beautiful – Coca Cola Recycling Grant
While most Americans have access to recycling in their homes, finding recycling bins in downtown areas, athletic fields, venues and other “public spaces” can be a challenge. As we increasingly live “on-the-go” lifestyles, research and common sense tell us that people are less likely to recycle if they don’t have a convenient opportunity to do it. The Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program is designed to help communities overcome this barrier by providing recycling bins in public spaces and promoting the idea that recycling is an activity we do wherever our daily routine takes us. Applications open for 1 month and are not yet open for 2020.
- Highmark Schools Grants – Environmental Health
School environments can affect students’ health, school performance, attendance and concentration. Highmark’s School Grants program allows schools to fund environmental health initiatives such as Green Cleaning, Indoor Air Quality, and Asthma-Friendly School Environments.
- Action for Healthy Kids – School Grants
Despite wanting to do what’s best for students’ health and academic success, many schools lack the necessary resources to implement health and wellness practices that help students eat better, stay physically active and be better prepared to learn. This mini-grant program allows any member from the school community, including parents, apply for mini-grants up to $3,000 to implement or expand school-wide initiatives on health, nutrition, and physical activity. Deadline to submit a grant proposal is April 5, 2019.
- USDA Farm to School Grant Program
The Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2020 Farm to School Grant Program is now online and available through Grants.gov. This year, FNS seeks to award up to $10 million to schools, school districts, nonprofits, state and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan, and implement farm to school activities. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available for approved proposals in FY 2020. All interested applicants are encouraged to visit the grant announcement. Applications are due Dec 31, 2019.
Curriculum and Educational Grants
- NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to build environmental literacy of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Deadline for pre-applications are November 25, 2019.
- PA DEP Environmental Education Grants
Each year, Pennsylvania invests in its schools, county conservation districts, and other nonprofit organizations to improve environmental awareness among students and adults alike. Administered through DEP, the funds are used for projects ranging from creative, hands-on lessons for students, teacher training programs, and outdoor learning resources to conservation education for adults. Grant opens October 31, 2019 and submissions will be taken until December 31, 2019.