Funding Suggestions for Schools

Schools and dis­tricts can some­times find sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing for our out­door school and in-school pro­grams. This list is pro­vided to sup­port you search:

  • The Berkeley Public Education Foundation has funded teacher’s requests for grants to attend the Outdoor School in the past. The appli­cant must be a BUSD (Berkeley School District) employee work­ing in class­rooms or pro­grams in school.
  • In Dulci Jubilo awards grants to Berkeley pub­lic school teach­ers, admin­is­tra­tors, and the Berkeley com­mu­nity for pro­grams school­wide or com­mu­nity wide to close the pub­lic school achieve­ment gap.
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals/MetLife Foundation Sharing the Dream Grants sup­port to prin­ci­pals work­ing to develop pro­grams com­mit­ted to height­en­ing com­mu­nity lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, own­er­ship, and involve­ment in their schools with the goal of improv­ing achieve­ment for all stu­dents.
  • The East Bay Community Foundation will some­times sup­port our part­ner schools.
  • Donors Choose allows teach­ers to sub­mit project pro­pos­als for mate­ri­als or expe­ri­ences their stu­dents need to learn. Concerned indi­vid­u­als choose projects to fund. We’ve had sev­eral schools fund their classes to go to our Outdoor School this way.
  • Stimulus funds are avail­able from the Department of Education to imple­ment Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
  • Sometimes fed­eral, state, and local grants are offered which help sup­port teach­ers to inte­grate social-emotional learn­ing and char­ac­ter devel­op­ment into their class­room work or pre­vent vio­lence in or near schools, ille­gal use of alco­hol, tobacco, or drugs, and pro­mote parental and com­mu­nity involve­ment.
  • The Sprint Character Education Grant Program sup­ports K–12 edu­ca­tion ini­tia­tives within the focus area of char­ac­ter edu­ca­tion.
  • Future Educators for Character grants, avail­able from the Character Education Partnership, help sup­port inno­v­a­tive approaches for prepar­ing new teach­ers to inte­grate sound char­ac­ter devel­op­ment into their class­room work.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students grants, avail­able from the US Department of Education, sup­port LEAs in the devel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ty­wide approaches to cre­at­ing safe and drug-free schools and pro­mot­ing healthy child­hood devel­op­ment. Programs are intended to pre­vent vio­lence and the ille­gal use of drugs and to pro­mote safety and dis­ci­pline.
  • SchoolGrants is an all around resource for avail­able grants and grant writ­ing.
  • Target Field Trips grants of $700 are avail­able.
  • Kids in Need Foundation grants $100–500 for cre­ative class­room projects, giv­ing hun­dreds of grants annu­ally.