The Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE) gives small grants of up to $500 towards well-focused stewardship and environmental education projects led by middle or high school students in Washington state. Our goal is to bring young people into the environmental movement through work with educators and support of students’ interest in environmental issues typically exhibited through their service learning projects.
Examples of past student stewardship projects include a grant to a student at Highline Big Picture High School in Sea Tac for a school project to teach elementary school students about forest restoration through work parties in the Duwamish Green Belt. Another recent grant went to students at the Secondary Academy for Success in Bothell for a SAS “Green Team” to organize student work in preparing a farm campsite, removing invasive plants, and doing organic farming. WFFE also gave funding to an Olympia High School student to spearhead a student project to remove invasive species from the campus glacial retention pond and reintroduce native species. A $500 grant from WFFE was used to buy native species.
Our grants committee provides initial review of all grant applications. This is followed by an assessment and appraisal by the board as a whole, with additional research into the applicant’s project as a result of any new questions being raised. Successful applicants receive grant money and are asked to provide a report of how they expended their funds, helping us to continually evaluate our own impact and effectiveness as a grantmaking organization.
If you would like be considered for a grant, please submit your completed application form to the post office box below or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct any questions to email@example.com as well. Grants are reviewed approximately every 6 to 8 weeks.
Recently, the National Academy of Sciences published its science guidelines for K-12 Education. Please enjoy reading it.