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Additional Funding Opportunities for Your Environmental Project

  • DHEC's Breathe Better (B2) Program - An anti-idling, clean air education program. The goal is to help protect public health and improve air quality by reducing harmful vehicle emissions around school campuses and other public spaces. For more information on the program, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/b2. For information on the Air Quality Flag Program, contact breathebetter@dhec.sc.gov or check out the Flag Program website. (grades K-12)
    These programs are currently enrolling schools for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • DHEC's Action for a Cleaner Tomorrow - A national award-winning activity-based, interdisciplinary curriculum supplement that introduces basic environmental education in the classroom. (grades K-8)
  • DHEC's Recycling Education Grant Program - Promotes 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 because of the funding source. For more information, contact DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling via email at swgrants@dhec.sc.gov or by calling 1-800-768-7348. (grades K-12)  
    Applications are now available for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Palmetto Pride - South Carolina's anti-litter campaign program offers grants to citizens to help beautify the state. Check out the Litter Trashes Everyone Education Grant available to elementary, middle and high schools. (grades K-12)
  • Richland County Conservation District - Conservation Education Mini-Grants and Clean Stream Columbia Awards are available to public, private, and alternative schools in Richland County to support conservation-related student projects including outdoor classrooms, school gardens, nature trails, wildlife habitats, rain barrels, composting initiatives, air quality campaigns, litter clean-ups, rain gardens, erosion control, and stream bank restoration.
    Two award cycles are available: applications received by September 29, 2017 will be considered for fall 2017 funding; applications received by February 2, 2018 will be considered for spring 2018 funding.
  • Environmental Education Association of South Carolina Mini-Grant Program - EEASC grants, up to $300, are available to formal and informal educators to further environmental education and environmental literacy. Applications are judged solely on the information provided on this form. Please note that an active EEASC membership is required to request a grant.
    Fall/winter grant applications must be received by December 1. Spring/summer grant applications must be received by June 1.
  • South Carolina Farm to School Program – Each year this South Carolina program awards schools with mini-grants to implement the four core components of Farm to School. Grantees receive funding and technical assistance from program staff throughout the entire school year as well training opportunities that include a one-day workshop (Action Institute), Garden Workshop, and Culinary Training. (grades K-12)
  • Farm Bureau Mini-Grant Program - The South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher program offers a Learn-to-Farm classroom mini-grant program for teachers in public and private schools. (grades K-12)
  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education - Lowe’s will donate money for projects that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. (grades K-12) 
  • Presidential Award for Environmental Educators - This award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through 12th grade teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education. Winners also receive a monetary award to fund environmental educational activities and programs, and further professional development in environmental education. (adults)

Environmental Education

  • Green Steps Schools - A South Carolina program that encourages schools to become more environmentally responsible and to continue their improvements. (adults)
  • Environmental Education Association of South Carolina - A non-profit association with a leadership role in environmental and natural resource conservation education in South Carolina. (adults)
  • RiverVenture - Take a virtual trip along the "Three Rivers" of SC's Midlands and The Cooper River in Charleston, SC. Learn about people, places and the environment along the way. (grades 7-8)
  • Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont - USC Upstate created this picture-based identification guide to help the general public, particularly kids, easily identify and learn about common organisms they may encounter in their backyard or while hiking a trail. It includes common animals, plants, fungi, slime molds, animal tracks, skulls and bones, rocks, minerals, and nature sounds. It can be downloaded as an eBook for free to any electronic device and the picture for most species will hyperlink to a reputable website with natural history information. (all ages)
  • Stormwater pollution - from North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (grades 7 -12)
  • Air Now - A site with easy access to national air quality information with useful information and games under the Learning Center (all ages)
  • Earth 911 - A Web site with all kinds of information on recycling, and other ways to reduce your impact on the environment. (all ages)
  • Captain Planet Foundation - This site mixes environmental information and activities. Check out The Planeteer Zone and Our Environment. (all ages)
  • U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science for Schools - USGS provides a collection of information on many aspects of water. There are also pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge. (grades 5 – 12)
  • Recycle City - An interactive town where students can learn about recycling. Created by EPA Region 9 in California.  (grades 3-8)
  • EPA Polluted Runoff for Kids - A Web site with activities focused on water, runoff and water quality. (grades K-8)
  • EPA Educational Resources - This Web page connects to EPA's environmental pages for students and teachers and anyone interested in environmental education. (PreK – 12th grade, adults)
  • 50 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day (pdf) - Try one or more actions from this poster yourself. Make a change as you "Do Your Part for the Environment!" (all ages)
  • A Fish's Wish (pdf)- A short activity book to help young learners find out about runoff pollution from a fish's point of view. (grades 2 – 5)