Grants & Funding Opportunities for School Projects

Small Grants for Smart Growth

The Vermont Natural Resources Council provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives related to smart growth, including initiatives in transportation, conservation, and downtown and/or village center development or revitalization. Grants are expected to be $500-$1,500 per project. Find more information here.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

NEGEF’s Seed ($250–$1,000) and Grow ($1,000–$3,500) grants are designed for groups that are doing community-based environmental work. Application deadline rolling. Find more information here.

Go Vermont! Local Community Assistance Program

For transportation projects only. This program offers $500 grants to volunteer groups to promote, enhance and enable efficient transportation in their communities. Application deadline rolling. More information and a letter outlining the program can be found here.

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and must meet all three of the following criteria to be considered for funding: be project-based; projects must be performed by youth; and projects must have real environmental outcomes. Varying application deadlines. They are currently not offering grant applications, check their site here for future opportunities. 

Efficiency Vermont equipment rebates

Is your current water heater electric? How about your dishwasher booster? Do you have other big electric pumps or fans that need to be replaced? Maybe you don’t even know how much energy they are using. Efficiency Vermont can provide guidance, and potentially an incentive/rebate to bring down the cost of new equipment. 1-888-921-5990 or