Applying For Funding

Think of big ideas, and don’t let money be an issue when brainstorming. Luckily, there are many awesome grant opportunities available.

Here are a few great grant opportunities:

I recommend that you start thinking about a grant application when you’re setting up your club at the beginning of the year, after writing your constitution. Once you figure out your club’s goals for the year, make a list of the items you will need, and apply for the grant.

Here are some ideas for things that the grants can fund:

If your school does not provide these: 

  • Paper (for posters, brochures, fliers, etc.)
  • Tape (to put up posters)
  • Printer and Copier Access (for posters, brochures, fliers, etc.)

For vegan food taste testings:

  • Portable Oven
  • Icebox

For a schoolyard garden:

  • Worms
  • Fertilizer
  • Soil
  • Seeds
  • Garden Tower
  • Gardening Equipment (watering can, shovel, wheelbarrow, etc.)

Other:

  • Videocamera (for commercials for school announcements)
  • Gas Money (for field trips)

I received a grant from the Pollination Project to create this website, and my friend received one to help make our schoolyard garden.

Here’s some advice for writing your grant application. This advice is helpful for those  applying for a Pollination Project grant, and it also applies to other grant applications of this kind.

Overall tips:

  • Make the application personal. The application readers should feel like they know you personally by the end of the application.
  • Have detailed plans about what your club will do, and clearly explain what you will do. Show that you know what you’re doing.
  • Clearly explain how your project will make an impact on the world.
  • Give enough detail, but not so much detail that the application readers get bored.
  • Use proper grammar.
  • Ask teachers, parents, and friends to review your application before submitting it.

Here are tips for writing your biography. In your biography, answer these questions:

  • How and why did you become vegetarian or vegan?
  • What inspired you to be an activist?
  • What do you hope to gain from running a vegetarian club?

Here are tips for writing your project explanation. In your explanation, answer these questions:

  • What’s the purpose of your club? You can start a club to educate the public about vegetarianism, make change in cafeterias, provide a support group for vegetarians and vegans, have discussions and dialogue about vegetarianism, or other purposes.
  • What are your club’s goals for the year? What projects will you do?

How to explain your project’s impact:

  • Why vegetarianism? Explain how vegetarian and vegan choices benefit animals and the environment. Explain the cruelties of factory farming and the damaging effects of animal agriculture on global warming.
  • Why is youth activism important? Explain how students are more open-minded. Also, since students are young, they have many food choices to make in the future, and they have their entire career and lives ahead of them.