Fundraising and Green Grants

California Coastal Commission – Whale Tail Grants

Whale Tail grants support programs that teach California's children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the State's marine and coastal resources.  Adopt-A-Beach programs, as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component, are also eligible for these grants.  This grant program focuses on reaching communities that are currently poorly served in relation to marine and coastal education.





Captain Planet Foundation – Small Grants 

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth.  They serve as a catalyst to get environment-based education in schools and Inspire young people to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Captain Planet Foundation accepts grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500.





Captain Planet Foundation - Special Grants

EcoTech grants in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.







Kokua Hawai’I Foundation -  Grants for Schools  

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Mini-Grants assist teachers from Hawaiʻi schools in pursuing environmental stewardship endeavors and advancing their environmental goals in the classroom.







Kokua Hawai’I Foundation - Green Fundraising ideas for Schools 

Check out some innovative and time-honored ways to raise funds in a green and healthy way. Ideas range from Student Farmer’s Markets and Plant sales to a walkathon, media fair, silent auction, student craft fair and more.







Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation is a non-profit public charity founded in 2008 by Jack and Kim Johnson to promote positive and lasting change within communities by supporting organizations that focus on environmental, art, and music education. They seek out innovative non-profits that actively engage youth and/or volunteers in projects that provide measurable benefit to the environment and/or the community. The current
theme is Plastic-free initiatives.






NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries

California B-WET Grants (available in the State of California)

B-WET grants provide organizations with funds to support environment-based education to students, teachers, and communities throughout the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences. Funding is available in a range from $25,000 - $80,000.

NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training Grants

NOAA B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the
K-12 environment. The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes meaningful watershed educational experiences. B-WET currently serves six areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay,
Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002, NOAA has invested over $50 million
to support more than 600 B-WET projects.

Ocean Guardian Schools (currently only available in specific counties in the State of California)

An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the
world's ocean, and special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries. The school makes this commitment by
proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation project. Grants range in the amounts
of $1,000 - $4,000 per school depending on the level of the project and funding year.

Marine Debris Grant Opportunities

The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris
projects. These include: Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grants, Marine Debris Prevention, Education and
Outreach Partnership Grants, Marine Debris Research Grants an Fishing for Energy Grants.