Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grant

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K-12 teachers are invited to apply for grants up to $1,500 to implement environmental curricula that integrate hands-on ecology exercises into the classroom. Our mission is to support educators in developing environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.

To facilitate learning and student empowerment, environmental curricula should be holistic and strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles), often including experiential integrated learning and problem solving. We believe the strongest curricula are founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design. A solid foundation of ecology promotes thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world. Controversial issues should be presented objectively stressing the development of individual student opinions.

In summary, the Foundation supports curricula that empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles. The Foundation seeks to facilitate the development and implementation of holistic environmental curricula that incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting. Accordingly, the Foundation is interested in contributing to the development, implementation and/or field testing of curricula that are consistent with the mission of the Foundation.

Grant Eligibility:
Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies and others.

  • The only criterion is that we are required to provide funds to an organization, not to an individual. If you are self-employed, you need to find a sponsoring organization.
  • We fund organizations across the globe, for example in Tanzania, Kenya, Guatemala, Chile and Bangladesh.

    For more information, or to apply, visit

    Annual Application Deadline in September

  • Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Sciences
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    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
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    The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
    1024 Wheatland Ave.
    Lancaster, PA 17603

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