The money from a GLSI grant can be effectively used as match to gain even more funding for your project. Some sources of additional funding are listed below. If you find additional funding options not listed here, please share them with the NE MI GLSI Leadership team.
- The Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan: In addition to being an important GLSI partner, the Community Foundation offers local grants throughout the year to help support community efforts and projects.
- Moran Iron Works Community Funding Grant: The Moran Iron Works offers grants to projects addressing community needs in Emmet, Cheboygan, and Presque Isle Counties. Applications are reviewed on the 15th of every month.
- Presque Isle Electric and Gas Communities First Fund: The Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op offers grants for the benevolent and philanthropic needs of individuals and organizations in the service area of PIE&G service area. Deadlines are: February 1 for March meeting; May 1 for June meeting; August 1 for September meeting; and November 1 for December meeting. Individuals qualify for grants up to $2,500, and organizations qualify for grants up to $10,000.
- Wildflower Association of Michigan Grant: The Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM) awards grants, up to $1,000, to fund projects to develop and enhance outdoor classrooms or other projects related to the WAM mission. The deadline is generally in December of each year.
- Michigan DEQ List of Funding Opportunities: A list of grants and funding opportunities managed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, some of which may fit well alongside a GLSI grant. The following may be specifically useful:
- Kidsgardening.org Grants: Fitting for a school/community garden project
- Seeds for Education Grants: Fitting for an outdoor classroom, schoolyard habitat, garden, or habitat project.
- Captain Planet Foundation Grants: All GLSI projects should qualify for this grant.
- Cyber-Sierra's Conservation Grants: Most GLSI projects should qualify for these funds.
- Michigan Grants Available List: A searchable database of funds available for education and/or youth programs in Michigan.
- Youth Garden Grant: The National Gardening Association offers $500 grants to support youth gardening initiatives. The application deadline generally is in December of each year.
- BirdSleuth Habitat Hero Mini-grant for Schools: BirdSleuth K-12 offers mini-grants, up to $750, to fund schoolyard habitats for birds. In order to qualify, you must first submit your existing habitat improvement efforts on the BirdSleuth Action Map. The deadline is May 2015.
- NEA Foundation Grant: The National Education Association offers grants to support initiatives to improve academic achievement and professional development.
- NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association offers grants supporting environmental literacy and Great Lakes stewardship education projects.
- NOAA Marine Debris Program Grants: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Marine Debris Program supports marine debris prevention projects that use education and outreach to increase awareness of the marine debris issue. Typical awards will range from $30,000 to $75,000, with a one-to-one match.
- NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) Grants: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association offers mini-grants up to $2,000 to support a climate stewardship action project.
- SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment award the outstanding efforts of teachers across the country working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.
- Ways to Help Awards: WaysToHelp.org invites teens to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas (including the environment). This opportunity allows high school students to help support their GLSI projects.
- Youth Service America: Youth Service America offers a variety of grants for youth service projects within schools and communities.
- EPA Environmental Education Grants: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds environmental education projects and programs that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens.
- Association of American Educators National Scholarships and Grants: The Association of American Educators offers teacher scholarship and classroom grants to fund up to $500 for professional development or education materials. The deadlines for fall and spring are October 1 and March 1.
- America's Promise Alliance Funding Opportunities: Grants related to the America's Promise Alliance are available through a variety of funding sources. Grants such as S.T.E.M related learning, Green Thumb Challenge, Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit, and more are listed.
- Cabela's Outdoor Fund: Cabela’s offers grants supporting conservation and outdoor recreation efforts.
- National Endowment for the Arts Grants: The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants support a variety of art-related projects.
- Art Works: This grant supports the creation of arts to engage the public and strengthen communities.
- Challenge America: This grant supports art projects for underserved populations. The deadline is April 14, 2016, and the NEA matches grants up to $10,000.
- Our Town: This grant supports creative placemaking projects to add to the livability of communities. NEA matches grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.