GRO1000 Grassroots Grant Recipients Named!

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BRI is happy to announce that we were able to aid in securing a GRO1000 grant from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for the Discovery Gardens in Onslow County, North Carolina!  This grant program is part of the Scotts Miracle-Gro® 150th anniversary celebration in 2018. The company is supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the markets they serve.

While the grant deadline has passed for this year, Scotts Miracle-Gro will be updating their website with more information about next year’s grant opportunities!

Learn more about the garden grant project by visiting their website:

Or follow them on Twitter @Scotts_MGro


Makerspace – Makeover Challenge – US Dept of Ed

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Hurry – deadline April 1, 2016

The US Department of Education is calling on high schools to design makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills.

Makerspaces provide students the materials and environment they need to create, invent, tinker, and explore, helping them build vital career skills, including critical thinking, planning, communication, and problem solving.  They will be giving 10 honorees $20,000 each to create their custom designed makerspace!

Read more on their website:


Personal Responsibility Education Program Grant Applications Available

Requests for Applications (RFA) to fund  Personal Responsibility Education Programs (PREP) are now available from the New York State Department of Health.

The Personal Responsibility Education Program  Initiative will support new programs that will:

“…replicate effective evidence-based program (EBP) models that have been proven on the basis of scientific research to change behavior, such as delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing pregnancy among youth; and activities to ensure access for youth to comprehensive reproductive health care and family planning services.”

Applications are due on May 11th.  Please visit the New York State Grants Gateway for information. BRI can help you apply. Contact us to find out how.




FIRST® STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) just announced the availability of  the 2016 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant -to help underprivileged and underserved students.

“This grant is designed to help ensure that more of these students, and their communities, are exposed to creative problem solving and hands-on learning, and are educated about future career opportunities available to them.”

Available funding ranges from $5,000 to $50,000. Hurry and get your Letter of Intent in by March 11.

Need a hand?  BRI can help!  Contact us today.


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Arts Grants Available from New York Council on the Arts

Are you an artist, writer, actor, musician, or filmmaker? Grants are now available for you from the New York Council on the Arts.

Applications are due March 30 and offer between $5,000 and $10,000 dollars.

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The following are a few areas of interest that are eligible for funding:

  • Music
  • Literature
  • Folk arts
  • Museums
  • Arts Education
  • Architecture & Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Theater
  • Dance

Ask Brockport Research Institute how we can help you apply.  Contact us today!


EPA Environmental Education Grants Available

Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education grant applications are now open. Up to $91,000 is available (25% match is required).

The EPA website states:

“Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.”

Application are due April 8, 2016 before 11:59pm.

Check out their website for detailed information.  Need help applying?  Contact BRI and ask how we can help with all aspects of your grant application.




Grants Available: Education & Non-Profits

Several March deadlines are approaching. Check out the links below for information about just a few of the available grants. The National Science Teachers Association has more details on these and many other applications. Visit their website to get further information.

Be sure to contact Brockport Research Institute for assistance with your application process.

  • Association of American Educators Foundation:  Classroom Grant.  Win up to $500 to improve your classroom with new materials and projects. Due March 1.
  • Is the independent secondary school you work for a member of the National Association of Independent Schools? If so, your school may be eligible for a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. Due March 1 & April 1
  • The Captain Planet Foundation is offering grants to schools and non-profits for up to $2,500 “for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.” Due March 15
  • The Innovation Generation Grant (IGG) program is funded through the Motorola Solutions Foundations and funds organizations that participate in hands on STEM programs. Note that priority will be given to organizations in and around NYC and a few other large US cities. Please check the grant link for details. Due March 2


For an extensive list of other grant opportunities available to schools, students, educators and non-profits, please visit The National Science Teachers Association.


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & STEM Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015 by President Obama. This act builds on and revises the 2002 No Child Left Behind act.

A shift to more local education oversight is among the many changes that will come as the act is implemented across the nation. Other important changes are the inclusion of engineering and technology into science assessments, more support for STEM specific specialty schools, and the creation of a STEM Master Teacher Corps program. The Math Science Partnership Program will no longer be funded by federal money, but James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, feels that many more STEM education projects will be supported through ESSA even without the MSP program.

The White House has issued  this Fact Sheet about ESSA and the changes you may see in your district.



Grant Opportunity for K-12 schools – School Garden

bird-posing-in-garden, a project of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, is offering up to 10 school teachers $2000 to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. Preference is being given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

The deadline to submit is February 15, 2016.

Visit their website to learn more!  Ask us how Brockport Research Institute can help you apply.