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2021 Grants Program

CST Grant Application Deadline: May 1st 2021

Grant Application Guidelines and Project Description Criteria

  • Only U.S. based non-profit organizations will be considered. Please include a copy of your IRS Form 501(c)3 as proof of non-profit status (required).
  • Applications supporting groups or events that openly discriminate against others will not be reviewed or receive funding.
  • All grant recipients will be expected to submit an end of project report with photos, or give a project presentation within one year of the application deadline.
  • CST grants range from $500-$8,000.
  • When rating applications, CST grant committees consider the following:
    • The number of individuals who will be impacted through funding of the project and/or materials provided
    • Whether the project will have a lasting impact or require repeated funding
    • Whether project completion can be accomplished with grant funds or require additional funds
    • The clarity and completeness of the application
  • CST grant committees favor funding clearly-defined projects, events, or purchase of specific goods or services rather than salaries. However, we also understand that non-profit projects require staff members, educators, and guides. We review salaries and organizational expenses on a case-by-case basis.
  • On your application, please be sure to provide a brief summary of why the project is being undertaken, who immediately benefits from the project, a detailed grant proposal, and an itemized budget. You may attach any additional material that you feel will be useful for the committee, such as notification of other funding or grants you have secured, but please refrain from including extraneous materials.

Environmental Grants

Environmental stewardship is a core value that guides business decisions and the employee culture at CST. The Environmental Grants provide funding for projects aimed at ecosystem protection, wildlife research, and creative ways to engage communities in outdoor recreation and conservation.

  • The 2021 CST grant cycle will focus on funding environmental conservation efforts and education on cleaning up our environment, healing the planet in a post-COVID world, and recycling. We encourage applications from both rural and urban areas.
  • NEW: All organizations will be considered; however, organizations registered in the state of Massachusetts, or specifically on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts will be favored over organizations in other geographic areas.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions by July 2021.

Community Grants

  • In 2021, the Community Grants Committee will accept and give priority to proposals related to Mental Health and Addiction while also considering proposals that fund general poverty insecurities. We encourage charities local to CST Headquarters to apply (Beverly, Danvers, Salem, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Peabody, Topsfield, Wenham, Essex, Lawrence, and Lynn, Massachusetts), but will accept grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout the New England, U.S. region.
  • Funding will be prioritized toward organizations/projects benefiting many people.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions by July 2021.

Education in Science (EIS) Grants

  • Science teachers/departments/administrators from public elementary, middle, and high schools – as well as other non-profit organizations that focus on STEAM learning – located in or serving the following Massachusetts communities will be prioritized for funding: Beverly, Danvers, Salem, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Peabody, Topsfield, Wenham, Essex, Lynn, and Lawrence. Requests from outside these communities will be considered based on need. Charter schools will be considered; however, private schools will not be considered for funding.
  • Please describe how the grant will enhance the current curriculum of your science department. Please also state how many classrooms/students will benefit from the funding and whether or not the funding will have a lasting benefit for your school, as priority will be given to grants that fulfill both criteria. In addition, an itemized list of the use of your proposed funding is required. This may allow for partial funding of your request by CST.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-August 2021.

Please contact us with your questions or concerns.

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