January 2017

Grant:  Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants, Deadline: 2/9/2017

The Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2017 Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. Learn more and apply here. Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2017. Learn more here.

Grant: New England Diary & Food Council Mini Grant, Deadline: 2/15/17 

Attention all Fuel Up to Play 60 schools! New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of New England are excited to offer Mini-Grants to help support your school’s healthy eating initiatives! The Spring 2017 Mini-Grants will be awarded to schools who submit a winning proposal for up to $1000 to implement either the Fuel Up to Play 60 Farm To School or Fuel Up Your Community Play. Funded activities must take place between March 1st and July 15th.  Remember, Mini-Grants are due February 15th, so act fast! Click here for more information!

Job: FoodCorps AmeriCorps, Deadline: 3/15/2017

As a FoodCorps AmeriCorps member, you’ll get paid to dedicate one or two years of service to the challenging work of growing healthier bodies, healthier minds, and a more just world. Teach students hands on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting healthy food; promote healthy eating options in the cafeteria; make schools healthier places to eat, learn and grow. The FoodCorps application is open now through March 15th. Apply Here.

Seeking Nominations: Green Schools Green Difference Maker, Deadline: 4/7/2017

Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in their Schools & Communities at their Annual Green Difference Awards. Project Green Schools honors and recognizes Outstanding National Environmental Education & STEM Education efforts led in our Schools & Communities through our Annual Green Difference Awards Program. Award recipients have come from the following states: MA, NY, CA, OH, MD, FL, GA, SC, AL, PA, RI, ME, TX, NH, and MI. This annual event will take place at the MA State House  where we honor Green Difference Makers made up of Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Citizens, Schools, Students, School Groups/Clubs, and our Sponsors.  http://projectgreenschools.org/green-difference-awards/

Seeking Nominations:  2017 Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards, Deadline: 3/28/2017

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced it is now accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until March 28, 2017. EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton will present awards this spring to Massachusetts teachers and students involved in school-based programs that promote environmental and energy education. All public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs are eligible to apply for the Secretary’s Award. Click here for application.

Survey: National Young Farmer’s Coalition Survey

Your participation will help us understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow.  Help us tell Congress that #FarmersCount by taking the 2017 National Young Farmer Surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQ3HFR3