Teachers, we know you are extremely busy and appreciate all the help you can get to provide the best for your students. The Get-a-Grant Toolbox is a collection of tools and tips created by our fundraising team to help you raise money to pay for your Marine Science Institute education programs.
We’ve already done a lot of the legwork to take the guess-work out of fundraising. Now seeking support can be as simple as fill-in-the-blank and copy-and-paste. We even found grant opportunities for you and created template request letters located at the links below.
Get-a-Grant Toolbox for Teachers
Here are some grants from corporations and foundations that support environmental education. Click on the links below for deadlines and application instructions. Don’t forget to check restrictions before you apply, to make sure your classroom is eligible to receive a grant. If your class is eligible, grab content from our School Programs web pages and follow the Request Letter Instructions to complete your application.
Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program:
Toshiba American Foundation Grants:
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Excursion Grants: http://www.venturesfoundation.org/programs/teacher-grants/excursion-grants-program/
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Science Resource Grants: http://www.venturesfoundation.org/science-resource-grants/
Target Foundation Field Trip Grants:
Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants:
Environmental Volunteers Transportation Fund:
Donors Choose: (a site where teachers can list supplies or activities that need funding): www.donorschoose.org
If you have suggestions for funders to be added to this list, please email them to:
Donation Requests to Local Businesses
Your local small businesses and service organizations are very generous. They will often donate $50 to $500 when they are asked. Combining smaller donations from several sources goes a long way to help pay for your MSI field trip! The best way to request this type of support is by writing a letter. You can use the following letter template and this three-step action plan to successfully earn contributions toward your next field trip.
Three-Step Action Plan
Thanking Your Donors
Whether you received a formal grant from a corporate or foundation source, or donations from your community, lavish your donors with thanks.
Call donors to thank them personally. They will appreciate the enthusiasm and gratitude in your voice.
The entity that accepts the donation – whether that is your PTA or school foundation or even MSI – needs to provide a formal acknowledgement with a tax identification number. We have created this Thank You Template to facilitate this step.
After your MSI program, a card made by students or photo of them holding a “Thank You!” sign is a great touch. Tell them about the impact of the experience on your students.
Acknowledge donors in your school’s newsletter or on the school web site. When you talk about the MSI program in your grant proposal, also include a comment about the donor(s) who made it possible.
We wish you the best of luck! If you have any suggestions for improvement for the Get-a-Grant Toolbox, let us know by contacting Melanie Kimbel.