Grant Opportunities for 2024 – Consider Outdoor Solar Charging Solutions

Grant Opportunities for 2022 – Consider Outdoor Charging Solutions

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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National Grants

Captain Planet Foundation, Grants

This is currently closed but sign-up is available to receive Grant notifications.

Stay up to date with The Captain Planet Foundation grants here.

CCDI Grant (Libraries)

Not Currently Accepting Applications or Renewals – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) Grant combines libraries with technology to encourage digital programs for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The program is open to US-based, non-profit libraries, archives, and museums. CCDI also supports a grant for Higher Education.

EBSCO Solar Grant – (Libraries)

This program accepts applications from any US Library that is interested in any Solar Installation Project that can reduce electricity costs. $300,000 in grant funding will be distributed. The estimated deadline for the next cycle is 4/29/2024. For more information, see here.

IMLS Grant (Museums and Libraries)

Not Currently Accepting Applications or Renewals – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

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.

NEEF Grants

Applications due by March 1, 2024

NEEF Grants offer multiple grants for outdoor activities, outdoor learning, and outdoor adventures. You can sign up here to join their email list. The combined awards are nearly $700,000. The current grant competition is open to all 501(c)(3) entities that have a partnership with public lands.

Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 for project types that may include enhancing the community, that can promote outdoor activities, educational components, environmental service projects, or create volunteer opportunities. For more information visit The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) Nature Grant Program.

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.

Playground Grants

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

Casey’s Grant

Cash for Classrooms Grant Program

Accepting between October 1 to November 2024

All K-12 public and nonprofit private schools in the states of AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, and WI are eligible. Grants will range from $3,000 to $50,000 and must be used within 12 months of being rewarded. Grants can be used for physical enhancements, outdoor classrooms, technology advancements, etc. For more information visit Casey’s Cash for Classrooms Grant Program.

RAISE Discretionary Grants

Applications due by February 28, 2024

“The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2023. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact.” For more information visit RAISE Discretionary Grants | US Department of Transportation.

Grants By State


RC&D Grant

Applications are accepted every year between April 1 to June 30.

RC&D creates funding opportunities for any non-profit organizations in all 67 counties of Alabama. Funds can be awarded under two categories: Education Fund Project and General Fund Project, the amount awarded can vary. Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom with this grant. Visit Grants – Alabama RC&D Councils for more information and to apply.


Sand Diego Outdoor Business Grant

Not Currently Accepting Applications or Renewals – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

This program is designed to support the efforts of outdoor dining and community gathering in public spaces. The grant rewards can reach up to $20,000 per recipient and the total available is $300,000. For more information, please visit Outdoor Business Grant for the City of San Diego.


Outdoor Dining Grant

Not Currently Accepting Applications, No Confirmation on Renewal – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

This program 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.


Applications were due by January 16, 2024 (may be extended)

Solar Canopy and Dual Technology Grant Program

The Solar Canopy and Dual Use Technology Grant provides grant funding to support the  installation of solar systems that provide multiple uses for land and water. The grant may be used for Solar canopies, EV charging solutions, and other solar canopy needs. The Maryland Energy administration anticipates providing up $1.4 Million in grants to fund solar and sustainability efforts.


Applications were due by February 28, 2024

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. 


Outdoor Seating Grant

Not Currently Accepting Applications, No Confirmation on Renewal – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

The city of Milwaukie offered $1,000 grants to put towards future purchases that will enhance outdoor seating for local restaurants and small businesses. The goal of this grant was to help businesses adapt to COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the Oregon Health Authority. For more information you can visit the Milwaukie Outdoor Seating Grant Official Website.


CPNRD Grants

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. They have three separate grant programs: School Outdoor Classroom Grant, Community Outdoor Classroom Grant, and the Mini Classroom Grant.

New York

Reviving Rockland Restaurants Grant

Ongoing Grant (Current applications are due by Fall 2023)

If your business is in Rockland County (NY) and you have spent between $5,000 and $25,000 on outdoor dining equipment, you may be eligible for this grant. Recipients will have those past expenses reimbursed. Funding is also available of up to $25,000 for future expenses. Funding can be used for additional tables and equipment that provide shade during your dining experience. For more information please visit County of Rockland, New York Grants.

North Carolina

Outdoor Heritage Grant

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.

Placemaking Grant

Not Currently Accepting Applications, No Confirmation on Renewal – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

The Placemaking Grant program is a community building initiative for the City of Charlotte to create and enhance community vibrancy, safety, and identity by transforming unused or underutilized spaces. The total amount awarded will be $125,000. Awarded grants will be in the range of $1000 and $25,000. For more information visit Placemaking Grant (


Gray Family Foundation Grant

Applications due by March 22, 2024

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


Environmental Education Grants

Next round of applications will be in the Fall, 2024 – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates.

Each year, Pennsylvania invests in its schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations and businesses to improve environmental literacy among youth and adults.

Grant awards range between $5,001  up to $30,000. For this grant and other Pennsylvania Sustainability Grants please visit PA DEP Grants, Loans, and Rebates.

PPL Major Grants

PPL Empowering Educators Grant

Application cycle is currently open

This PPL Grant is awarded annually for the empowerment of educators that bring innovative ideas to the classroom that sparks creativity in their students. The program is designed to help K-12 teachers enhance the classroom experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Award amounts vary up to $50,000, to apply please visit here and for more information, visit the PPL Website.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant

This grant will be available for non-profit organizations in the state of Rhode Island. The program will provide funds up to $10,000 for community-making efforts that will enhance the role of shared public spaces as community anchors. For more information about the criteria and considerations for this grant please visit RI Foundation | Community Grants


TOP Grant

Grant Contracts start July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

The Tennessee State Library will be providing grant opportunities to public libraries all across the state. The Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) Grant will be available to fund:

  • Training
  • Hotspots
  • Internal Connections
  • Digital Navigators pilot project

Applications have been closed for this grant but funds will be distributed until June 30, 2023 with an awarded amount of up to $20,000. Population will determine how much the library can qualify for. If your library has already applied for this grant, a great way to utilize these funds to its fullest potential is to purchase a hotspot ready solar charging table from Sunbolt. For more information on this grant please visit the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website.

2024 Technology Grant

Grant will run from October 2023 to April 30, 2024

The Tennessee State Library will be providing grant opportunities to public libraries all across the state for their technology needs. The 2024 Technology Grant is available for public libraries to replace or purchase technology that can be used by staff or the public. Grants will require a 50% local match. Grant awards are in the amount of up to $20,000.


RTP Grant

Applications were due by February 11, 2024

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.

VOREC Community Grant

The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) will be awarding up to $6 million to communities around the state to:

  • Grow outdoor recreation-related businesses.
  • Increase participation in outdoor recreation activities among all demographics.
  • Strengthen the quality and extent of outdoor recreation resources.
  • Increase stewardship of outdoor recreation resources and environmental quality.
  • Promote and enjoy the health and wellness benefits of outdoor recreation.

For more information visit VOREC Community Grant Program.


RENEW Grant – Solar for Good Initiative

Not Currently Accepting Applications, No Confirmation on Renewal – Bookmark this Page for Future Updates

The state of Wisconsin has started a Solar for Good Initiative help educate communities about the benefits of solar power.  RENEW Wisconsin will administer solar panel donations as well as award up to $25,000 towards solar projects. For more information visit Solar for Good – RENEW Wisconsin.

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.

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.