Get them while they're young.
Through its Sprint Local Giving Program, the Sprint Foundation dials into environmental conservation programs for youth—so long as those youth live in the Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, Denver, or New York City areas (all fairly generously defined; see below).
Because this is Sprint, its support of environmental programs have a technology and STEM education bent. In fact, the Sprint Local Giving Program is actually about STEM education and technology access, and Sprint gives grants to community-based programs (not schools) that use this STEM education and technology to further its work in one of three youth-centric areas: Youth Development, Environment Stewardship, and Arts and Culture.
Consider this an exciting opportunity to enhance your environmental conservation program with engaging curricula and technological devices. Also consider this an exciting opportunity to partake in some healthy competition, because the Sprint Local Giving Program only gives out three grants per year in each of these city-regions, a first place ($25,000), second place ($15,000) and third place ($10,000) prize.
Recent winners working in the environmental conservation realm include:
- The GrowHaus (Denver): $25,000 for its Growing Healthy Futures Youth Education Program, "which provides educational opportunities for 775 students to learn about sustainable agriculture, urban farming, sustainability and entrepreneurship."
- The Urban Farm (Denver): $25,000 for its Urban Youth in Agriculture Project, which allows students to explore technologies to improve food systems and aims to give students an interest in environmental stewardship, including pursuing it as a college education.
- Atlanta Audubon Society: $10,000 for its Cultivating Young Citizen Scientists program, which engages 650 K-12 students in Atlanta public schools "to conduct STEM based programming and engaging students in conservations projects based on the study of birds."
- Southeastern Horticultural Society (Atlanta): $10,000 for its Digital Outdoor Classroom for classes and events to be streamed online to schools.
The nitty gritty on Sprint's definition of these city areas:
Atlanta includes Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale Counties.
Dallas/Fort Worth includes Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties.
Denver includes Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
New York City Metro includes the New York counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, as well as the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.
The Sprint Local Giving Program an open, online application process. Proposals are due mid-June and decisions are made by the end of the calendar year.