Outdoor Classroom Resources and Grants

Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District is providing a list of resources and grants for outdoor classroom settings. For more information, please contact Anganette Byrd, Certified Environmental Educator at 704-336-2455.

Grants for Classrooms and Gardens

Whole Kids Garden Grant
Provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden at a K-12 school or nonprofit. Application period opens February 15, 2021. Deadline: Mar. 31, 2021.

NC Ag in the Classroom
The application period for agricultural outreach grants (up to $500) to North Carolina teachers is open. Deadline: Apr. 15, 2021.

Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers Program Grant
The NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation's Board of Directors (Foundation) is pleased to announce that the Walmart Foundation is providing a $50,000 for the establishment of Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers on public spaces (school campuses and other public accessible places).

For each approved project, up to $2,500 in funding will be provided for the basic materials to build the OELC facility or enhance an existing OELC facility with a match requirement of $2,500. The match source can be in the form of cash, donations, or volunteer time.

MSWCD Outdoor Classroom Grant
The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Outdoor Classroom Grant is a program available to educators which include teachers and principals in Mecklenburg County schools serving grades K-12. The purpose of the grant is to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship in Mecklenburg County. For additional information please contact Anganette Byrd at 704-336-2455.

Auxiliary - Classroom Grant
The Auxiliary - Classroom Grant is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Auxiliary. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to classroom teachers for projects to enhance learning using conservation and environmental practices. Eligible educators include teachers and principals in North Carolina schools serving grades K-12. Grants of up to $500 are awarded.