Educator Mini-Grants

Funding for environmental education materials, projects, and fieldtrips.

We need every educator to be a leader in environmental education. 

What are educator mini-grants?

Through Wayfinder Society, Algalita will be awarding mini-grants throughout the year to educators leading the way on environmental education. The mini-grants will range from $100 – $750 and are unrestricted.  Grantees will be offered to participate in a spotlight interview with the creators of Wayfinder Society to inspire other educators. They’ll also be celebrated during our end-of-the-year celebration each May.

Who should I nominate?

Do you know a teacher who is leading the way on environmental education? Whether you are a student, parent, or an educator, you can nominate a teacher to get a mini-grant. Educators, you can also nominate yourself!

Nominate any educator who:

  • works at a public school, charter school, college, university, or homeschool
  • incorporates environmental education into their lessons in an engaging way
  • is helping students become better environmental stewards in and outside of class
  • would benefit from funding for classroom supplies, fieldtrips, or zero-waste classroom projects

Application Timeline

  • Nominations can be submitted anytime.
  • We’ll select a grantee every other month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate someone more than once?

Sure! If your nominee doesn’t get selected you can nominate them again for the following round.

When will I know if my nominee has been selected?

We will chose one grantee every other month. We’ll be sure to email all nominators when we’ve chosen a grantee.

What does unrestricted mean?

Unrestricted means you can use the money for what ever you want! Although we encourage grantees to use it to further their environmental education endeavors in some way.

What do grantees have to do in return?

Nothing – just inform us that the award money has arrived. We’ll also be in touch with grantees to create an Educator Spotlight on them for the website. This involves writing a short article, or doing a Zoom interview with us that we can make into an article or video.

How will grantees receive their money?

By check. We’ll coordinate with the grantee to make sure they receive their funds.

Do you have more questions or need to contact us?

Please reach out to us if you have additional questions, need assistance, or to let us know how we can better accommodate your needs. Contact us.

Ready to Nominate Someone?

Featured Toolkit:

Synthetic Sand Investigation Kit

Investigate beach sand for plastic contamination levels, and observe human impacts on coastal ecosystem health, using our microplastic-filled sand samples from Southern California. Each sample kit contains 4 sample jars and 4 magnifying glasses, plus an information card about the sample. Incorporate this lesson into your synthetic materials unit. Students use their senses and a clue sheet to distinguish synthetic debris from natural components in sand like shells, rocks, and plant matter. They then calculate the spatial density of microplastic pollution, and discuss their results.

Applicable Units: Synthetic Materials, Human Impacts on the Environment, Water Pollution

Grades 5 and up
Time Needed 30 to 60 minutes, or 2 hour fieldtrip

Free for public school educators in the US. All materials included!

Are you in Southern California? Join us for an in-person Lunch and Learn workshop about this toolkit and incorporating it into your Synthetic Materials Unit (NGSS MS PS 1-3).

Synthetic Sand Toolkit components.

“Educators are our greatest allies toward a cleaner, safer world.”

Katie Allen, Executive Director