NEA Foundation Green Teaching Grants Announced
Submitted by Shawn
With $150,000 in new grant funding designated for projects that integrate green-related topics and experiences into the classroom, the NEA Foundation is growing its Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement grants program for individuals and teams of educators. The expansion of the grants program was made possible by unprecedented back-to-back financial commitments from Nickelodeon and the Staples Foundation for Learning.
"Public school educators are eligible to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching “green” concepts.
"The first grant application deadline is October 15, 2009, and the first grants are slated to be awarded in January 2010. The Foundation will award two more rounds of these green grants in 2010, with deadlines for applications falling on Feb. 1 and June 1.
"Big Green Grants are available in the form of Student Achievement grants to K-8 public school educators. The NEA Foundation and Nickelodeon’s Big Green Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching green concepts to elementary and middle school students. The grants target environmental education as an area of great promise in helping students develop a sense of environmental stewardship. All Big Green Grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000.
"Green Grants to Public School Educators are available to K-12 public school educators in the form of both Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement grants. A collaborative effort between the Staples Foundation for Learning and the NEA Foundation, Green Grants to Public School Educators support projects that integrate green-related topics with various standards-based content areas to increase student engagement and improve academic achievement. The grant amount is $2,000 for individual Learning & Leadership grants and $5,000 for Student Achievement and group Learning & Leadership grants."