Outdoor working, dining, and learning solutions have become a growing trend. Countless businesses, schools, libraries, restaurants, and other entities have adopted these practices to keep their doors open. With America’s progressive response to the Covid-19 pandemic, worldwide grant programs have been initiated to aid the advancements and adaptations to a large variety of business types.
Sunbolt has welcomed the challenge of helping these businesses, schools, libraries and other entities by providing outdoor solutions for their staff, customers, community, and students with an assortment of solar charging workstations that the grants listed below may qualify for. Feel free to reach out to us as we continue to update the list.
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RTP Grant – Accepting Applications until Spring 2022
If you are in the state of Vermont and interested in adding Sunbolt’s Sprint Stand-up Solar Charging Station to trails, parks or hiking areas, the Recreational Trails Program grant may be the one for you. The grant is eligible for municipalities, non-profit organizations, and government facilities. You may qualify for this program if you have an interest in adding amenities such as trail lighting, kiosks, signage, or any structure that can be placed along the trail. States with the ability to use 5% of their annual budget for educational projects qualify for amenities that are also environmental, multifunctional and/or ADA accessible. To see if your state qualifies and for additional information, visit the Recreational Trails Program Guidance Page. Applicants may apply for up to $50,000 but must be willing to match a minimum of 20% of the project’s cost.
Gray Family Foundation Grant – Applications start January 2022
The Gray Family Foundation offers an Environmental Education Grant to help communities around the state of Oregon expand their outdoor learning capabilities. This grant awards $5,000-$25,000 to schools and organizations with the interest of offering outdoor learning spaces and outdoor classrooms to their school districts. The goal of this program is to offer an innovative way to help their state push through the effects of the pandemic by investing in ways to reduce risk to students and educators, while increasing educational options and offering alternative learning solutions. This outdoor learning grant can also be used for playgrounds, parks, or natural areas. For more information contact Program Officer, Nell Tessman, at email@example.com.
Captain Planet Foundation, Grants – Next Cycle Begins March 2022
The Captain Planet Foundation offers three separate grants. The Project Learning Garden is a material support grant that helps turn schoolyard gardens into outdoor learning spaces. This is not a cash grant, but they will award up to $2,500 for select items. For the specific guidelines, please visit the CPF_Granting_Guidelines-1.pdf (captainplanetfoundation.org). The other two grants are the ecoTech – grant and the ecoSolution – grant both are monetary support grants of up to $2,500 cash. The programs are designed to bridge the gap between “the green” and “the screen” to offer a way to keep educators and students plugged in while outdoors. (The Sprint Solar Charging Station starts at $2,350!)
Outdoor Seating Grant – Extended until March 2022
The city of Milwaukie is offering $1,000 grants to put towards future purchases that will enhance outdoor seating for local restaurants and small businesses. The goal of this grant is to help businesses adapt to COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the Oregon Health Authority. Because of the growing demand for the outdoor dining and seating alternatives, this grant has been extended. For more information you can visit the Milwaukie Outdoor Seating Grant Official Website. (This won’t cover our workstations)
Outdoor Classroom Grant – Annual
If you’re in the state of Nebraska and interested in starting an Outdoor Classroom, check out Outdoor Nature Classroom Programs . They are offering up to $2,500 to put towards the expansion of an outdoor classroom for your school. They have two separate grant programs, Kearney Public Schools Foundation Fund and the Stick Creek Kids Child Development Center Fund.
In North Carolina, Outdoor Heritage offers a NC Schools Go Outside grant that offers up to $15,000 for on-campus learning centers/structures. This grant can include the purchase of a Sunbolt Solar Workstation or multiple Sunbolt Solar Stand-up Charging Stations to help take your outdoor classroom to the next level by offering solar powered laptop and other mobile device charging that can accompany existing seating or provide additional seating. For more information visit Grants | Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council.
Bonus Grants That Will Announce Dates in 2022:
Outdoor Learning Grants
There are tons of Government Programs and Funding for Outdoor Learning and Schoolyard Greening listed by state with awards ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.
The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program (ORLPP) ranges from $300,000-$5,000,000 and can be used to acquire parkland, build a new park, create outdoor workspaces, enhance playgrounds or renovate an existing park. The grant is provided by the state of Massachusetts and supports communities lacking park recreation resources.
There are many available grants to help you enhance your playground. Some of those enhancements may include solar powered devices that add educational aspects to the playing experience while offering additional seating with ADA accessibility. Find your state and see the available grants in your area here: Grants For Playground Equipment, Solar Powered Playground Seating, Play & Park Structures
Museum and Library Grants
The CARES Act has distributed funds for many organizations. The Institute of Museum and Library Services have received a large amount of those funds allowing funding opportunities in the range of $25,000 to $500,000 depending on your state and municipality. These funds can be used in various ways to help museums and libraries respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Some libraries have used these funds to incorporate outdoor learning spaces. To see what your state offers visit, IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries.
Additional grants for libraries can be found here.
Outdoor Dining Grant – TBA
This program is still in the proposal phase for Chicago restaurants. It is designed to provide restaurants located in low to moderate income areas with $5,000 to purchase outdoor furniture that will allow them to operate safely. The total amount available for this program is $2,000,000. For more information visit Outdoor Dining Grants for Chicago Restaurants.
These are just a few of the available grant sources for funding your outdoor needs. Most of the grants can help you purchase at least one of Sunbolt’s Solar charging stations. The durability and usability of the workstations will last many years, turning the grant award into a very good investment! As previously mentioned, Sunbolt is continuously researching grants for our community and customers, and welcome you to reach out anytime for more information. Contact the Sunbolt Team.