Environmental Science Resource Grants

Grants to enhance school environmental science programs

Program Details


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

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


Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to teachers to enhance classroom environmental science curriculum through projects, supplies, field trips, and professional development.

Examples include:

  • Field trip related to the study of wetland and creek restoration and water conservation
  • In-classroom presentations about endangered species by local wildlife experts
  • Gardening supplies to build a wildlife habitat
  • Adopt-a-Beehive program for a project-based learning activity about bees
  • Materials for a school-wide climate stewardship project to mitigate the effects of climate change
  • For more lesson ideas, see NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project and ClimateChangeLIVE

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

Fax your application to (510) 645-1892, or scan and email your application to slira@venturesfoundation.org.


It’s easy! Simply fax in (or scan and email) a description of your idea on school letterhead, 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
  • Item by Item listing of how the money will be spent
  • Applications must be signed by both the submitting teacher and principal

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





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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