Idaho Community Programs for Youth Award

Idaho has an unprecedented opportunity to improve learning and support for all students. We want to help Idaho's youth address unfinished learning and meet students’ social, emotional and mental health needs as we move ahead and begin to recover from the setbacks of the past years. Now more than ever, it is critical that communities come together to support and leverage impactful out-of-school time learning opportunities - starting now.

Source: These awards from The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provide funding to cover expenses authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPSA).

Status: Awardees selected





Idaho Botanical Garden Lunaria Grant

Description: The Lunaria Grant from the Idaho State Botanical Garden allows nonprofits, government agencies, homeowner associations, and schools to benefit their community by offering botanical-based education.

Award Amount: $300 - $1500

Deadline: The first Friday of February annually

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, registered homeowner associations, and schools






State Department of Education

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Description: The State Department of Education will award approximately $1 million for Out of School Time programs starting in the 2022-2023 school year. Organizations are eligible to apply for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center funds. Virtual Request for Application (RFA) workshops will be held on Tuesday, November 16 and Friday November 19. Each applicant/organization should attend one RFA workshop. The application period for 2022-23 grants opens Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.

Award Amount: Varies

Letter of Intent Deadline: December 8, 2021

Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, 4 p.m. MST

Eligibility: Local educational agencies, community organizations, tribal organizations and other public and private organizations






Idaho Forest Products Commission Forest Education Grant

Description: The Idaho Forest Products Commission is pleased to offer Forest Education Grants to educate Idaho youth. We invite proposals for projects that help youth learn more about Idaho's trees, forests and forest products. Special consideration will be given to projects that get youth out in a forest; in contact with a logger, forester or other natural resource worker; or into a facility that grows trees, or processes or uses wood products (e.g. sawmill, paper mill, furniture maker, building site, lumberyard, box maker, etc.).

Award Amount: $250

Deadline: Applications accepted year-round. Applications received by March 15 will be considered for April 1-March 31 projects. All applicants will be notified of decisions by March 31.



K-12 STEM Engagement and Informal Education Grants

Description: The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium is seeking proposals for grants to create opportunities for Idaho K-12 students and/or the public to engage with STEM subjects through hands-on or other experience-based programs. ISGC is especially interested in projects that include an actionable plan to serve underrepresented, low-income, rural, first-generation, and/or female students.

Proposed projects can focus on competitions, camps, mentoring, outreach, or other projects that happen either in or out of school- as long as the proposed project aligns with the intent of the grant and benefits multiple students and/or educators.

Award Amount: Maximum of $25,000

Matching Requirement: 1:1

Award Duration: Most projects typically last 1 year but can run longer if needed

Deadline: March 11, 2022



Idaho STEM Action Center Grants

Description: The Idaho STEM Action Center is a great resource for STEM funding in your program. They offer many different grants throughout the year. Check back regularly for new grant opportunities.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Eligibility: Out-of-state applicants and/or private/parochial organizations are ineligible


Nagel Foundation Grants: Southwest Idaho Only

Description: The Nagel Foundation supports qualified 501(c)(3) charities in southwest Idaho in the areas of basic needs, education, and youth programs. The selection of grant recipients is based primarily on need.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 31st annual deadline

Eligibility: Qualified 501)c)(3) tax exempt organizations


Idaho National Laboratory

Description: INL offers a variety of grants including statewide mini grants, Southeast Idaho Extreme Classroom Makeover Grants, and East Idaho Ultimate STEM Grants.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Begins accepting grant applications in November

Contact: Brenda Greenhalgh,



Doodle for Google

Description: Doodle 4 Google is a competition that invites K-12 students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign the Google homepage logo for millions to see.

Award Amount: Doodle featured on Google homepage for a day, $30,000 scholarship, and more

Deadline: March 4th, 2022

Eligibility: K-12 students



Whole Kids Foundation

Description: Whole Kids Foundation's primary goal is to offer grants and healthy teacher trainings that expand access to healthy food choices, connect kids to the root of their food and empower educators

Award Amount: Range depending on the grant

Eligibility: K-12 schools; 501c(3) nonprofit organizations



4-H Out of School Into the Garden Grants

Description: University of Idaho Extension wants to connect more children and communities in south-central Idaho with fresh, healthy, locally grown foods and quality educational enrichment through youth gardens in childcare, afterschool, andother out-of-school settings

Award: Reimbursement for up to $2000 spent on garden equipment and supplies.

  • $400 worth of bilingual (English/Spanish) Junior Master
  • Gardener® curriculum, books and activity guide
  • Access to a trained and screened Garden Mentor
  • A $300 travel and supplies stipend for Garden Mentors


  • Site must be in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Oneida, Power or Twin Falls County.
  • At least some of the children you serve must be between the ages of 5-13.
  • You agree to create or maintain an out-of-school youthgarden through July 2022.

Contact: Alleah Schweitzer,


Karma for Cara Foundation Microgrants

Description: Microgrants are available to youth aged 18 and under to fund community service projects such as community gardens, rebuilding playgrounds, helping senior citizens, etc.

Award Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1

Eligibility: Kids aged 18 and under



Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Mini-Grant

Description: Apply for a mini-grant to complete a service campaign for people, animals, or the environment.

Award Amount: $200

Deadline: Several deadlines throughout the year


Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grant (Not Currently Seeking Applications)

Description: This grant is for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students will implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment.

The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat.

Award Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: Not currently seeking applications

Eligibility: Applicants must have attended a Project Learning Tree training either online or in person

Contact: James McGirt,, 202.765.3531



Youth Service America Grants

These grants support expanded opportunities for students in afterschool programs –  particularly those from low- and moderate-income communities – to learn civic and 21st Century skills by leading community service or service-learning projects, with many grantees planning activities for 9/11 Day of Service (September 11, 2022), MLK Day of Service (January 17, 2022) and Global Youth Service Day (April 29 – May 1, 2022)


U.S. Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play Grants

Description: The U.S. Soccer Foundation wants all children across the country to have the opportunity to play outside, particularly soccer. To that end, the Safe Places to Play grant seeks to transform unused community spaces into recreational havens for young people in underserved communities. Grants are intended to help organizations and communities cover the material costs of building those spaces in the categories of lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing, and enhancement. Interested applicants must first submit a letter of interest before being asked to formally apply.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: 3 grant cycles per year


Chef Ann Foundation and Healthy Skoop's Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

Description: The Chef Ann Foundation and Healthy Skoop have teamed up to launch Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These grants will help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education. Proposed projects must be planned with the intention of offering activities to all students in the school building.


Adidas Corporate Giving Grants

Description: Adidas Group focuses on projects that address education, children and youth, sports within a social context, and preventive health activities. The group offers cash grants as well as in-kind donations of services and equipment. Previous grants were used to fund after-school literacy, service-learning initiatives, sports programs for underserved and economically challenged urban communities, and before-school physical activity programs for children aged 5 through 12.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling

Eligibility: US nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools.

Let's Play Imagination Playground Grants

Description: KaBoom! supports organizations that build playgrounds for children and youth to ensure they have the opportunity to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. KaBoom! grants support community-inspired projects that engage the larger community in all aspects of project planning and playground build execution. Let’s Play Imagination Playground Grants encourage creativity, communication, and collaboration in play with a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts. Imagination Playground allows children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and rebuilt by their imagination.

Award Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations



National Endowment for the Arts Big Read

Description: An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Application guidelines change from year to year and new guidelines for each year are posted in October.

Award Amount: $5,000 - $15,000

Deadline: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Eligibility: 501c(3) nonprofit organizations; units of state, local, or tribal government including school districts; tax-exempt public libraries

Contact: Arts Midwest (612.238.8010 or





Description: ProLiteracy has a collection of grants aimed towards inreasing literacy. Visit their website Grants & Funding page to find opportunities.





National Geographic Society: COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators

Description: The National Geographic Society’s COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators supports individual educators, or an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers, to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Grants are provided in the subject areas of science, social studies, and geography. Priority is given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and who have not previously received National Geographic funding. Visit the National Geographic website to download the Application Guidance document.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $8,000

Deadline: Until further notice

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are K-12 (formal or informal) teaching professionals worldwide who work directly with students in the classroom.


Exelon Grants

Description: Exelon funds programs that deliver measurable, sustainable improvements in the communities where Exelon has projects. They fund projects in the following four areas: education, environment, arts & culture, neighborhood development.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in the communities where Exelon employees and customers live and work. Idaho's Exelon locations



Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

Description: The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

Award Amount: $100,00- half to the winning individual and half to their organization

Deadline: Usually October of each year

Contact:; 641.269.4940



Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Description: The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program  seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies; (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

Deadline: January 12, 2021

Contact: or (703) 292-8616