Environmental Science Resource Grants

The Environmental Science Resource Grant Program has been expanded to support the unexpected challenges of remote learning during this time.

Program Details

Who

Any TK-12 grade teacher working at a low-income public school in Alameda or San Mateo County is eligible to apply.

Limit of three grants per school and one grant per teacher.

What

Grants of up to $500 to enhance remote environmental science curriculum through projects, supplies, and professional development.  Examples of uses could include:

  • Gardening supplies to mail to students to plant their own garden
  • At-home water testing kits
  • Materials for a compost and/or recycling unit
  • An online academic subscription
When

Send your application in as soon as it is ready – money is limited. Funding will be immediately available, if approved.

Scan and email your application to slira@venturesfoundation.org.

How
Submit a description of your idea and need, including the following information:
  • Date and notation on top that request is for an Environmental Science Grant
  • School and district name, address, telephone and fax numbers
  • Your name, grade level, email address
  • Description of your classroom and funding need
  • Total amount requested
  • Itemized list of how the money will be spent in relation to your Environmental Science curriculum (If you will need to use part of the funds to mail items to students, please include that in your itemization)
  • Who the check should be made payable to (school, district or PTA only) and the address the check should be mailed to
  • Applications must be signed by both the submitting teacher and principal. (If you cannot get your application physically signed, please cc your principal/director when submitting your request by email and let them know to respond by confirming that they approve your application for review. This email will serve as their “signature”)
Questions?

For questions, please contact us at (510) 645-1890 or slira@venturesfoundation.org.

“Thanks to the generous grant support provided by the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation [we were] able to incorporate a number of new hands-on nutrient cycling laboratory activities…. Biogeochemical cycling, and nitrogen cycling in particular, is very abstract conceptually. It is a topic which many students struggle to grasp. After incorporating hands-on labs rather than just lectures and videos, students developed a much deeper understanding of the processes. They also learned important methods that scientists use in the real world to assess environmental health.”

– Joseph M. Centoni, Biology, Marine Ecology, and AP Environmental Science Teacher

Funding is Available for the 2020-2021 School Year

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“These grants have been a vital resource for us here in the science department, as it is so expensive and difficult taking students out of the classroom. Our subject, biology, lends itself to going outside, yet so often we are confined to the walls of classrooms. We appreciate your conservation focus which was to  provide support to outdoor field trips that teach students important environmental lessons.” 

 

– Jessica Tiatia, 9-12th grade biology teacher