Apply for a Small Grant
Special Note: Due to the volume of requests CPF receives for school gardens, those who are planning such a proposal may be able to increase their chances of getting funded by applying to this special program for The Nature Conservancy instead: Click Here for full details on requirements, eligibility and how to apply.
The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow.
All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations).
September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects
The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. International requests are also accepted, with preference given to international projects who have U.S.-based partners.
Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all three of the following to be considered for funding:
- Be project-based;
- Projects must be performed by youth; and
- Projects must have real environmental outcomes.
Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:
- Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
- Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
- Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities). Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion.
(Note: Please do not contact the office for information about the status of your application.)
Restrictions on Use of Funds
Captain Planet Foundation funds MAY NOT be used for:
- Capital or building campaigns, purchase of real estate, or endowments
- General operating expenses or staffing salaries
- Beautification or landscaping projects
- Travel costs or Field trips that are not an essential part of the proposed project (if included, identify the purpose of the field trip above, under “project activities.”)
- Expensive equipment that can only be used once, used only by a small number of children, or is principally being purchased for the general use of the school or organization beyond the stated needs of project.
- Promotional items such as t-shirts, flyers, postcards, or signage
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How can I submit my application?
A. The Captain Planet Foundation only accepts grant proposals through our web portal. Click Here to register your organization. If you cannot submit your grant proposal via our web portal please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Note: Grant proposals will not be accepted in the mail without prior permission.
Q. How will I know if my grant has been awarded?
A. Captain Planet Foundation will notify your organization via email with a decision (either way) in Mid-May for the grant round ending January 31st and Late-December for the grant round ending September 30th Your organization can also follow the progress of your grant proposal through the CPF web portal.
Q. If my organization’s grant proposal was not selected for funding, how long do I need to wait before resubmitting the application?
A. If your organization’s grant proposal was not selected for funding your organization must wait one grant round before resubmitting the grant proposal. For example, if your organization applied for a grant in grant round ending January 31st, 2012, you must wait until the grant round ending January 31st, 2013 to resubmit.
Q. If my organization’s grant proposal was selected for funding, how long do I need to wait to submit another grant proposal?
A. If your organization’s grant proposal was selected for funding your organization must wait two grant rounds before submitting another grant proposal. For example, if you applied for a grant in the grant round ending January 31st, 2012, you must wait until the grant round ending September 30th, 2013 to submit another proposal.