R&S Project Grants

Get Funding to Turn Your Ideas into Reality!

We want to support the incredible work that you are doing in your community.

Young people, educators, individuals, and group leaders based in the U.S. are invited to apply for a $250 Roots & Shoots Project Grant to plan, start, support, or celebrate a community-action project!

The Spring 2024 grant application is open NOW though April 7th! Keep scrolling for more information and to access the application (look for the “Apply Here” button).

Who can apply?

Youth, educators, community groups/organizations, group leaders…any Roots & Shoots member who is interested in starting (or continuing) a community-action project to positively impact people, other animals, and/or the environment we all share.

To be eligible you must:

  • Reside in the United States.
  • Plan a project that takes place in the United States.
  • Be a registered member of Roots & Shoots (It’s free! If you’re not already a member, register today).

Start planning your R&S project now

Roots & Shoots projects thrive when young people take the lead in choosing, planning, and doing a community project.

Past successful Project Grant applications have shown how young people:


Apply for a R&S Project Grant!

The Spring 2024 grant application is open NOW! You can access the application on the Submittable platform by clicking the "Apply Here" button below (you will be taken to a new website). The deadline to submit is April 7, 2024 at 10:00 pm Eastern Time.
Apply Here

R&S Project Grants FAQ

  • R&S grants are typically awarded twice a year – in the spring and the fall.

    Application opens – March 8
    Application deadline – April 7
    Notification of award – Mid-May
    Grant awards distributed – End of May
    R&S project activities – June - December 2024
    Grant report due – December 30, 2024

    **Our spring grants support R&S activities that take place June-December 2024.

    Application opens – Mid-October 2024
    Application deadline – Late November 2024
    Notification of award – Mid-December 2024
    Grant awards distributed – By mid-January 2025
    R&S project activities – January - June 2025
    Grant report due – End of June 2025

    **Our fall grants support R&S activities that take place January-June 2025.

  • As a Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots USA grant awardee, you commit to:
    • Registering as a member of Roots & Shoots (it’s free!)
    • Spending the grant funds only on items benefiting your Roots & Shoots project.
    • Submitting your grant report by the specified due date.
    • Creating AND updating a project profile on the Roots & Shoots website.
    • Spending your grant funding before your award debit card expires.
    • Participating in program surveys for the continued growth of the program.

  • Yes! If you are a Roots & Shoots USA grant recipient, we may reach out to you with a survey for each of your group members to fill out. This anonymous survey helps us improve our program to better support young people making a difference in their communities.

  • As a R&S awardee, you are asked to submit a grant report to tell us about your project’s impact. Grant recipients who do not submit a grant report risk their eligibility for future funding from Roots & Shoots USA.

  • Roots & Shoots USA renamed our mini-grant program to R&S Project Grants. Just like the mini-grant program, R&S Project Grants are $250 grants awarded to Roots & Shoots members based in the USA to support changemaking projects in their communities.

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