Since 2007, the Gray Family Foundation has supported students and teachers in connecting with outdoor environments through a variety of environmental literacy experiences. The foundation is committed long term to institutionalizing a series of age-appropriate experiences that build a sense of place and responsibility toward Oregon and the region.
The Gray Family Foundation’s Environmental Education program seeks to support programs that stimulate or promote the teaching of environmental education in K-12 environments and increase outdoor experiences for youth.
In 2018, the foundation will be accepting requests for two different types of grants: Planning grants and Programmatic grants.
1) Planning Grants: The foundation believes that the field of environmental education must increasingly reflect the diverse populations of Oregon, including programming that better represents the diverse perspectives, traditions, knowledge and relationships that all people in Oregon bring as active stewards of their natural and built environment. To that end, grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to organizations, schools, and other academic institutions to examine, challenge, and change assumptions and practices so that they may be in better service to all Oregon communities. Planning grant recipients will be encouraged to apply for programmatic funds during the next grant cycle.
2) Programmatic Grants: Through this program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to programs that provide student field experiences for third- through eighth-grade students and/or educator professional development. Program applicants may request multiyear funding pending annual grant renewals through the 2019-20 school year. Program grant applicants must demonstrate alignment with the foundation’s priorities and reflect its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization, school, or governmental agency serving students in Oregon.
See the GFF website for complete program guidelines, examples of successful applications, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions.