Bright Green Future Grants is a competitive program that provides funding for school-based sustainability projects up to $3,000. Applications are accepted annually from mid-September to October 1.

The program was designed to recognize and support innovative projects that will inspire students to become lifelong environmental stewards. Projects like composting systems, rainwater harvesting, organic gardens, rain gardens, bicycle academies, and wildlife habitats are identified by local educators and through campus EcoAudits. Projects that are selected to receive funding actively engage students and members of the community with hands-on involvement and learning.

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What is the dollar amount for each grant?

Schools may apply for up to $3,000 per project.

Which schools are eligible to apply?

The program is open to all Austin ISD and Austin-area charter and private schools, and schools in cities like Round Rock and Pflugerville that utilize Austin Energy, Austin Water, or Austin Resource Recovery services. Preschools and grades K-12 are eligible to apply. We are not able to provide grants to home schools.

Schools that have received a Bright Green Future Grant in past years are also eligible to apply.

Can schools apply for more than one grant?

There is no limit to the number of grants each school may apply for. Depending on available funding and the overall number of applicants, your school could be awarded more than one grant per school year. Applicants must complete a separate form for each project submission.

When are applications accepted, and when is funding awarded?

Applications are accepted each year from mid-August through Oct. 1. Schools will be notified about whether they've received a grant in November. Once the Office of Sustainability receives a current W-9 form from the school, checks will be processed and delivered.

Have more questions about the grant? Contact Mary K. Priddy.

See a few of our grant-funded projects in action: