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Captain Planet Foundation’s ecoTech™ Grants Program – United States

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 20, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on July 14, 2021

The Captain Planet Foundation encourages for the “ecoTech™ Grants” to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.

ecoTech™ Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges.

Examples of previous ecoTech™ Grant funded projects have involved: the integration of robotics and sensors to explore water bodies, collect data, and organize clean-ups; the development of aquaponic and hydroponic systems using arduinos and remote sensing; renewable energy design challenges; biotechnology research; nature-based design applications; and many others.

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Captain Planet Foundation grants are intended to:
a) Empower youth by providing hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities;
b) Inspire youth and communities to become agents of change for their environment;
c) Serve as a catalyst for  education that uses the environment as a context for applied and STEM learning.

ecoTech Grants support projects that leverage technology to achieve greater or innovative environmental outcomes (this does not include simply adding iPads, tablets, or other smart devices to a project).

Available as cash grants of $2,500, these grants support purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project.

Applicants must:
1) Be based in the U.S;
2) Be solution-oriented;
3) Be project-based;
4) Be youth-led;
5) Result in demonstrable environmental outcomes.

CYCLE 1: opens on September 15 and closes on January 15.
CYCLE 2: opens on March 15 and closes on July 15.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Oct 21, 2020
Oct 21, 2020

Thanks, Ana.