Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet Foundation

For more than 25 years, the Captain Planet Foundation has supported educators and their work to facilitate youth-led projects that result in positive impacts to the environment of a school or community.

Captain Planet Foundation grants are intended to:
• Empower youth by providing hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities
• Inspire youth and communities to become agents of change for their environment
• Serve as a catalyst for education that uses the environment as a context for applied and STEM learning

There are two classes of support available from Captain Planet Foundation -- material support in the form of predetermined supplies, training, and activities; and monetary support to fund the materials necessary to implement proposed projects that meet CPF criteria.

Material Support Grants
Project Learning Garden is Captain Planet Foundation’s holistic schoolyard garden program designed to turn schoolyard gardens into outdoor learning laboratories for multidisciplinary instruction. Schools selected to participate in Project Learning Garden are awarded with garden beds, gardening supplies, instructional supplies, a mobile cooking cart, professional development, and capacity-building valued at $2,500 per school (non-cash).

The current geographic emphasis for PLG includes public schools in the Atlanta Metro region (specifically City of Atlanta, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry Counties); as well as public schools in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties in California. Other regions and school districts in the U.S. are occasionally included as initiatives of specific funding partners. Schools and organizations outside of the prioritized geographic regions can directly purchase assets from the PLG program with self-funding through the CPF store at:

ecoSTEM Resource Kits are curated material and activity kits organized by environmental theme (i.e. Renewable Energy, Water Quality, Pollination, and Earth Soil & Decomposition). Perfect for teachers just getting started with project-based learning or who are new to using the environment as context for learning! ecoSTEM Kits provide a class set of materials that can be used and reused to carry out investigations, engineering design challenges, citizen science projects, and stewardship projects. ecoSTEM Resource Kits are available three ways: 

1) Directly from CPF by receiving a Material Support Grant; 

2) Crowdfunded as a selected project through the platform; or 

3) Directly purchased with self-funding through the CPF store at:

Monetary Support Grants
ecoTech Grants support projects that leverage technology to achieve greater or innovative environmental outcomes (this does not include simply adding iPads, tablets, or other devices to a project). Available as cash grants up to $2,500, these grants support the purchase of materials and other direct expenses required to implement the project.
ecoSolution Grants are CPF’s broadest category of monetary support for youth-led environmental projects. Available as cash grants for $500 - $2,500, these grants support purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project.

Captain Planet Foundation’s ecoSTEM Kits were curated to engage students in project-based learning, including observing phenomena, conducting inquiry investigations, making models, collecting data for citizen science projects, creating solutions to engineering challenges, and conducting environmental stewardship projects to solve real-world problems. Each kit contains supplies for 32 students.

Choose from 4 exciting kits, for use with Next Generation Science Standards, GA Standards of Excellence in Science, and state standards in Three-Dimensional Science. In addition to being available through and for direct sale, a limited supply of kits are available as Material Support Grants through CPF.

• Limit 1 kit per application
• Educators (formal and formal), schools and eligible nonprofits that meet CPF funding criteria are welcome to apply
• Applications and awards work on the same schedule as ecoSolution grants (July 15 & January 15 each year)

Applicant organizations eligible for monetary support through Captain Planet Foundation must:

• Be exempt from federal taxation under the IRS Section 501 (includes most schools and nonprofit organizations), or have a fiscal sponsor that meets this criterion.
• Maintain an annual operating budget of less than $3 million

For details on how to apply, visit website (click on Link to More Info, below).

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For Grantwriting/Program Development Assistance:

Grants Office  
Phone: (585) 352-2773
Email: [email protected]