Grants & Funding Opportunities for School Projects

VEEP 2021/22 Small Grant Program 

The Vermont Energy Education Program welcomes proposals for grants of $100–$1,000 for projects that address climate change and improve environmental literacy among students in Vermont and New Hampshire schools. Find more information here.

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.

PLT: GreenWorks! Grant funds

Project Learning Tree (PLT) has GreenWorks! grant funds of up to $1,000, to be used specifically for action projects at schools registered in the PLT GreenSchools! program. These grants are funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service. If you meet the grant requirements, you can apply for funds to complete an action project at your school. Please note that one of the requirements is that you have secured 50 percent matching funds for your project, some of which may be in-kind services or time; VEEP may serve as your in-kind services or time. Note: they are not currently offering grant opportunities in 2020. Sign-up to get future GreenWorks! grant announcements 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. Find more information here.

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