It is the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) to help younger generations become good environmental stewards who love and understand the world they live in. For the past 25 years, they have funded nearly two thousand projects that involved over one million children. Captain Planet grants are designed to help students take active roles in deciding the future of their communities. While it is true that young people will inherit an unprecedented number of ecological challenges, it is important they understand they also have remarkable opportunities to solve them. CPF wants them to start now.
Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) ecoTech Grants
This program encourages exploration of how technology can help solve environmental problems. It funds inquiry-based projects that use technology and nature-based design to help students become involved in solving local issues. Projects should:
- Provide students with opportunities for hand-on stewardship.
- Inspire students to become change agents.
- Use environmental issues to further STEM education.
- Involve students in the entire process, including project design and application preparation. At minimum, students must implement the project.
Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants
This program supports educators in facilitating youth programs that generate green solutions for environmental challenges in their schools and communities. The objectives are identical to those above. Like ecoTech grants, students should be part of the process from the beginning, but at minimum implement the projects.
Selected Past Winners
- The Kwiaht Center for Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea - students in the San Juan Islands conducted a study to find out which kinds of mushrooms were best at absorbing oil and combined them with other natural materials to create a barrier to stop road oil from reaching the shoreline.
- The Ella Baker School, NY, - city kids designed, constructed, and maintained an aquaponics system so their school could raise edible fish and vegetables. The tilapia were granted a reprieve from the celebration BBQ, but the vegetables were enjoyed throughout the school year.
- Lincoln Middle School, ME, - Middle schoolers built underwater robots to learn about life in a local pond and create educational materials for the community. They also learned how to test water quality.
- Annunciation B.V.M. School, PA, - Eighth graders got a head start on career preparation by learning which high school classes they would ultimately need to work in the alternative energy field. Hands on solar kits introduced them to the principles of solar energy.
Applying for CPF Funding
Eligible applicants for both ecoSolution grants and echoTech grants are schools, school districts, and nonprofits. Awards range in amount from $500 to $2,500. The two deadlines in 2018 are January 15 and July 15.
- Explore the CPF website to learn about other resources they offer for environmental education. Learn more.
- Investigate other funding sources on their external opportunities page. Learn more.