American Honda Foundation
With the American Honda Foundation, public schools are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 to assist with projects that emphasize youth education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Grant applications are accepted four times each year and proposals should be submitted online.
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education
Captain Planet Foundation
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is to support hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12. The Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow. Grants generally range from $250 to $2,500 and applications are accepted four times a year. Check the website to see if your project is a good fit for the program.
Charles M. Bair Family Trust
The Charles M. Bair Family Trust grants funds to nonprofit organizations (including schools) and governmental entities operating in the State of Montana. The three counties of preference include Meagher County, Wheatland County and Yellowstone County. Grants are due on March 1 each year.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA provides several grant and fellowship opportunities for environmentally conscious development.
This clearinghouse website, Grants.gov, offers a variety of search categories to assist in finding federal grant opportunities that may be applicable to your project. For example, grants administered by the U.S. Dept of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy may be a good place to start.
Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant Program provides small grants of up to $2,500 for public schools that use volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools or materials.
Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Lowe's Toolbox For Education offers small grants between $2,000 and $5,000 for public schools for projects that involve facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) or for landscaping/clean up projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build community spirit are favored. The Spring 2011 grant cycle runs from October 25, 2010 through February 18, 2011.
Montana Coal Board
The Montana Coal Board provides funding to local governmental units (including school districts), state agencies, and tribal governments that have been impacted as a direct consequence of coal development or as a result of major decline in coal-related activity. The majority of funding goes to applicants within the Designated Coal Impact Area. School districts should contact Coal Board staff at the Montana Department of Commerce to find out if they are eligible to apply.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality offers several programs that may help address energy efficiency in schools. Visit the website to learn more about the Planning, Prevention and Assistance Division as well as Universal Systems Benefit (USB) funds for customers served by the Montana-Dakota Utility Company to see if they are applicable to your project. Also, be sure to read the additional information on tax incentives, loans, and building codes relating to energy efficiency.
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) website provides information on the Fuels for Schools and Beyond Program to promote and encourage the use of wood biomass as a renewable, natural resource to provide a clean, readily available energy source suitable for heat and power in public and private buildings. Grant funding may be available for planning, projects and pre-feasibility assessments. Visit the site for information about open and upcoming grant opportunities. Also visit the DNRC Conservation & Resource Development Division site to see if any of their grants apply to your project.
Montana Safe Routes to Schools
Montana Safe Routes to Schools is a Federally-funded, competitively awarded reimbursement program to make bicycling and walking to school safer and a more appealing transportation option.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
In 1998, the National Institute of Building Sciences created the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) to provide timely, comprehensive information on designing, building, and maintaining safe, healthy, high-performing schools.
Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Finance and Grants
Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Finance and Grants provides access to all areas of school funding including state entitlements and grant funding.
State Farm Company Grants
Public schools may apply online for grants focusing on safety, community development and education (such as teacher development, service-learning, or systemic improvement) with the State Farm Company Grants. Limited funding is available for grants in other areas. The grant cycle is from January 2 through October 31. Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.
The Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI)
The Association for Learning Environments was first established in 1921 as the National Council on Schoolhouse Construction (NCSC) then becoming Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) in 1971. It took its current name in 2015. The Association for Learning Environments is the primary advocate and resource for effective educational facilities. We serve those who use, plan, design, construct, maintain, equip, and operate educational facilities.
Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP)
The Montana Department of Commerce's research findings, along with comments from local government officials and citizens, indicate that the principal reason why so many local public facilities are deficient is that most options for correcting deficiencies are simply not considered affordable by local residents. The Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) is a state-funded program that has been designed to help address that "affordability" problem by providing grants to lower the cost of constructing public facilities projects. School Districts will need to partner with a city, county, tribe or a water or sewer district in order to be eligible to apply for TSEP.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development
The USDA Rural Development program provides Community Facility Grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities (such as schools) in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.
U.S. Department of Education
This U.S. Department of Education website lists all open grant competitions. The Department also offers an extensive list of upcoming funding opportunities for every fiscal year. The list is usually updated in November for the current fiscal year.
The Verizon Foundation offers grants for public schools in the areas of education, literacy, internet safety, and healthcare and accessibility. Grants are accepted online annually from January 1 through October 31.