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Sustainable Schools Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in
Multiple States for School Sustainability Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration

Deadline Date:

03/03/16 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia nonprofits, government agencies, schools and associations for efforts to increase participation in sustainable school certification programs in jurisdictions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Specific project types that can be supported are:

• Sustainable School Technical Training: Workshops with school facilities staff, NGOs, state and federal partners, teachers, etc. that build capacity and competency for sustainable schools.

• Technical Assistance Networks: Development of a network or networks of trained technical assistance providers for any or all facets of sustainable school programs.

• Outreach and Planning: Planning and outreach efforts to highlight models, establish partnerships to replicate successful programs, build awareness and increase support for sustainable schools among state agencies, educational and professional associations and networks, and other key stakeholders.

• Coordination and Planning Workshops: Efforts to develop partnerships that strategically align coordinate and/or establish clear pathways within and among sustainable schools programs.

• Sustainable Schools Leadership Training: Workshops designed for Superintendents, Curriculum and Instruction Leaders; and School Board members that guide them through a process to plan and implement sustainability policies and plans at the district level.

This funding does NOT support the following:

- Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising or venture capital;
- Mitigation or capital construction activities such as structural erosion control measures;
- Political lobbying;
- Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased;
- Budget items that are considered secondary to the project’s central objective.
- Promotional collateral such as pens, key-chains, t-shirts, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167671

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

One year. Project start dates must occur after June 1, 2016.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • LEAs (Local Educational Agencies)
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State Agencies

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:

- State and local education agencies;
- Private Nonprofit Organizations;
- Faith-based Organizations;
- Community Associations;
- Service, Youth, and Civic Groups;
- Municipal, County, Regional, State, Federal Public Agencies;
- Soil/Water Conservation Districts & Resource Conservation and Development Councils;
- Public and Independent Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary Schools; and
- Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions.

Projects must occur in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia.

Pre-Application Information:

Register and apply online:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jamie Baxter
410-974-2941 ext. 105

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

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