State and Local Grants
Need grantwriting tips? Green Steps mentor Sonya Younger suggests www.schoolgrants.org, a collection of resources and tips is intended to help K-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects, and Show Me the Money: Tips and Resources for Successful Grant Writing.
DHEC's Champions of the Environment Grant Program
This is a competitive grant award program that rewards K-12 teachers and students for their environmental awareness and action. Up to eight projects will receive a $2,000 grant to implement environmental projects. A limited number of Merit and Seedling grants will also be available for runner-up projects. Click here for additional information and an application. Application deadline is October 15. Click here to see DHEC's 2011-2012 Champions of the Environment.
DHEC's Recycling Education Grant Program
This grant program is available to schools to promote awareness of solid waste issues, including the need to reduce the solid waste we generate, and to recycle whenever we can. All projects are required to include a used oil awareness project. Any K-12 public or private school may apply on its own or school districts may apply on behalf of their schools. Grant awards are competitive, funding is limited and awards may vary from year to year. Click here for more information.
DHEC Recycle Guys Awards
Each year, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling honors the top recycling programs, projects and people in South Carolina for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories. The 15th Annual Recycle Guys Awards Program was held on March 2, 2010. Click here to see the Recycling Student of the Year, Recycling Teacher of the Year, Recycling School of the Year and to view the entire 2009 Recycle Guys Awards Winners.
Palmetto Pride Tree Grant
PalmettoPride is donating trees to be used in beautification projects around the state. All trees must be planted on public spaces accessible to all citizens. Click here for Tree Grant eligibility and guidelines or click here to download the application. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2011.
Palmetto Pride GrantS
PalmettoPride offers grant opportunities throughout the year. Click here for their current funding opportunities.
Progress Energy Grants
Progress Energy is offering teachers in PE service areas up to full-funding for classroom projects that teach about alternative energy and/or energy conservation. To be considered, projects must be for $500 or less in materials, submitted by a teacher in a PE service area, and must focus on alternative
Who qualifies? All science teachers at public schools in the
Note: This funding will be spent on a first come, first served basis and is only available until the grant is spent out, so teachers should act soon!
How do I participate? First, log in to your teacher account on DonorsChoose.org. Once you’re logged in, submit a project (or two!) requesting $500 or less in materials per project to teach about alternative energy or energy conservation.
Then what happens? Within one month of being approved, your project(s) will receive up to full funding, until our grant runs dry!
Visit the Progress Energy challenge page to get a better idea of the types of projects Progress Energy has been funding!
To get started with submitting your own alternative energy/energy conservation project(s), visit www.donorschoose.org/teacher!
Safe Routes to School - South Carolina
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has created the Safe Routes to School Resource Center to help schools, school districts, and communities throughout South Carolina launch Safe Routes to School programs and build on already established programs. Click here for more information. Click here to view the Safe Routes to School-South Carolina Resource Center brochure.