Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation

The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation was founded in April 1996 to continue the work of Melinda Gray Ardia.

Melinda Gray Ardia was a biologist, an environmental activist, and a middle school science teacher in Newark, NY. She died in an automobile accident in January 1996. Melinda's dedication, creativity and enthusiasm inspired her family and colleagues to create the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation to continue her work.

We are a Private Operating Foundation, run by a Board of Directors made up of family members and environmental professionals that set both financial and program policy. We have taken a conservative strategy on both fronts.

The Foundation seeks to contribute to the development, implementation and/or field testing of environmental curricula that meet the mission, goals and requirements below.

Grant Mission:
The mission of our grant program is to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that:

  • Integrate field activities and classroom teaching, and
  • Incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving. 

Grant Goals:

  • To empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems
  • To promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world
  • To train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles. 

Grant Requirements:

  • Show a holistic approach
  • Strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles)
  • Include experiential integrated learning and problem solving
  • Be founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design
  • Incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting
  • Present controversial issues objectively, stressing the development of individual student opinions 

Grant Eligibility:
Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies and others.

  • The only criterion is that we are required to provide funds to an organization, not to an individual. If you are self-employed, you need to find a sponsoring organization.
  • We fund organizations across the globe, for example in Tanzania, Kenya, Guatemala, Chile and Bangladesh. 
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