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​Green Team Mini-Grants

Who Should Apply?

Wisconsin high school students participating in activities with a
  • Green Team
  • Eco Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Envirothon 
  • FFA
  • SkillsUSA
  • Robotics Team
  • School district or community sustainability community
  • Or even a small group of students simply passionate about being part of the climate solution and the environment
KEEP encourages mini-grant applications from student groups that are collaborating among two or more schools.

How it works

KEEP offers mini-grants to high school student teams that wish to reduce the carbon footprint of their school community. Each team will have a unique path toward sustainability, and each team is on a different part of the journey. 

The first step is to connect with KEEP by submitting the Mini-Grant Idea form or emailing Heather Phelps at Heather.Phelps@uwsp.edu to set up a time for an informal chat about project ideas.  Students are encouraged to contact KEEP with their ideas as soon as possible, no later than February 1 of the current school year. 

This mini-grant opportunity offers great flexibility for student teams but will require that the team have a well-planned project. The process of planning and submitting the mini-grant proposal are key learning college and career readiness opportunities for the student team!

KEEP staff will work with student teams to assist with the design of a feasible project that will have as one of its goals reducing the carbon footprint of the team’s school community.

Types of projects KEEP prefers

Each school team has its own goals and knows what motivates its members and what is feasible in their community. KEEP welcomes any project proposal that has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of a school community. Below are some examples of potential project ideas:

Direct action projects that raise awareness
  • Calculate school carbon footprint & Information campaign (energy literacy)
  • Light bulb or water fixture exchange (energy efficiency)
  • Waste reduction campaign, e.g. food waste or classroom waste
  • Near-peer mentorship 
Planning projects
  • Feasibility of renewable energy installation
  • Sustainability policy or resolution
  • Fundraising for long-term project

How much money is available?

Submitted applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until March 1 of the current academic year or until all mini-grant funds have been distributed.  Mini-grant proposal budgets typically range from $300-$700.

Other than money, how does the mini-grant help students?

  • Enhance STEM skills and life-skills
  • Engage in service learning
  • Gain experience applying for and implementing a grant
  • Explore careers in energy management, renewable energy, and environmental conservation 
  • Develop the professional networks that can lead to a lifetime of environmental stewardship
  • Gain volume and visibility through statewide partnerships
  • Gain recognition through Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin

How to Apply

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Connect with KEEP 

Connect with KEEP by submitting the Mini-Grant Idea Form or emailing Heather Phelps at Heather.Phelps@uwsp.edu to set up a time for an informal video chat about project ideas.  The deadline for this is February 1 of the current school year.

After connecting with KEEP and sharing your project idea, your team can begin to plan your Green Team Mini-Grant Application. Teams can preview the application questions.


Green Team Mini-Grant Applications that are funded will have the ongoing support of KEEP through the following steps:


Visit with KEEP


School Visit with KEEP

KEEP will visit your school either in-person or virtually to meet with student team members. Together we will tour your school building or other project location and further refine the project proposal. 

Energy Audit

Measure Baseline

Students will learn to use the tools needed to audit their schools. Using those tools and with support from KEEP, students will analyze data from their school and establish a baseline for whatever the project plans to improve (e.g., waste, energy use, etc.).


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Project Proposal

Based on the baseline data and audit results, students will develop and submit a project proposal. This must include a budget for how the requested money will be spent and a plan for how the project results will be carried forward over multiple years, even after the project applicants have graduated.

The project proposal deadline is March 1 of the current academic year.  


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KEEP Mini-Grants Distributed

Once the project is approved, a check will be sent to the school.



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Implement, Evaluate, Celebrate

The students will implement the project with periodic updates to KEEP about how the project is progressing, including photos.  

Once the project is complete, the students will create a written report for KEEP on the outcomes and impact of the project, including a second audit of the school to see what changed.  This report will be due during the last month of school during the school year that the grant was awarded.  The project should also be reported as part of the Green and Healthy Schools Annual Survey.

KEEP will continue to support students interested in further steps, such as using the data collected to advocate to school administration for additional changes or developing a case study as a model for other schools.