Dedicated to promoting environmentally sound landscaping and the preservation of biodiversity, the nonprofit Wild Ones is offering grants of up to $500 in support of projects helping students develop an appreciation for nature through native plant species. The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund helps bring local nurseries, schools, and community volunteers together through the planning, creation, and maintenance of native plant communities in the form of nature trails, wetlands, butterfly gardens, and more. These native plant communities may be used in interpretive naturalism, as outdoor classrooms, and to help schools achieve green-school certification, among other things. Eligible applicants are places of learning educating elementary through high school students in the United States, inclusive of houses of worship and nature centers. Applicants must also have a site available for a project. The Fund’s Web page, linked above, has application materials, background information, and a list of previous awardees. Applications are due October 15.
Awards of $10,000 are now available through the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Challenge America Fast- Track grants program. This program offers small and midsize organizations the means to extend the arts to underserved populations, inclusive of those limited by disability, ethnicity, geography, and economics. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations within and outside of the arts as appropriate to the project. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and located in the United States. A minimum 100% funding match is required. Applicants may be units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities, local arts or education agencies, arts or art service organizations, or other bodies that can help advance the goals of the NEA. Eligible applicants must have a three-year programming history prior to the deadline for application, which is April 16. For complete information, please see the grants program Web page above.