The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to promote and support high-quality educational programs that help children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities.
Grants are intended to serve as a means of bringing environment-based education to schools and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. On occasion, the foundation will fund unique and innovative projects that do not precisely match the grant guidelines but otherwise promote its mission to support hands-on environmental activities.
The foundation makes grants to U.S.-based schools and nonprofit environmental and educational organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.
Preference is given to requests seeking funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50 percent matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority, as external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activity.) The foundation will on occasion consider grants of up to $2,500.
See the Captain Planet Foundation website for complete program guidelines and an application form.